Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday Spotlight: Marian, Princess Thief: A Robin Hood Retelling

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Marian, Princess Thief: A Robin Hood Retelling

(Mythic Maidens #3)

There was no man called Robin Hood. Because I am no man.

Lady Marian, once the beloved Princess of Sherwood, was only sixteen when her father rode off to fight in the Crusades, leaving his kingdom under the despotic rule of his brother, Prince John. The night her uncle sends an assassin upon her, Marian flees to Sherwood Forest, where she meets and forges an unbreakable bond with six other outlawed young women.

Now, the nineteen-year-old princess-in-exile and her Merry Maidens gallivant through the greenwood, cloaked under the aliases of Rob-in-Hood and his Merry Men. Together, they uphold their vendetta of mischief, undermining the Prince at every turn, robbing the rich and giving to the poor–all while outrunning their sworn nemesis, the odious Sheriff of Nottingham.

After a scheme takes an unexpected turn and Marian’s only recourse is to abduct the Sheriff, the lady brigands find themselves in over their heads, stuck with an unrelenting and formidable captive. But, as Marian is about to discover, sometimes people aren’t what they seem… After all, she would know.

Revisit the legend of Robin Hood like you’ve never read it in this wildly imaginative, adventurous, and utterly romantic retelling by C.K. Brooke, multi-award-winning author of I, Guinevere and Secrets of Artemis!

Friday, September 13, 2019

#EverTour Feauturing Always and Evermore by Jody Hedlund


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Always
(The Lost Princesses #0.5)
By Jody Hedlund
Christian YA Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 136 Pages
August 13th 2019 by Northern Lights Press

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death.

On the verge of dying after giving birth to twins, the queen of Mercia pleads with Lady Felicia to save her infant daughters. With the castle overrun by King Ethelwulf’s invading army, Lady Felicia vows to do whatever she can to take the newborn princesses and their three-year old sister to safety, even though it means sacrificing everything she holds dear, possibly her own life.

Gravely wounded in battle and knowing all is lost to his enemy, the king of Mercia tasks Lance, one of his fiercest elite guards, to protect his family along with keys to an ancient treasure. As Lance makes plans to sneak the princesses out of the capital city, he doesn’t need or want Lady Felicia’s help.

With the dark enemy in pursuit, Lance and Felicia must put aside their differences to outrun King Ethelwulf and prevent him from killing the princesses. In a desperate attempt to hide the young girls, Lance and Felicia agree to a marriage of convenience, a decision that will change their lives—and hearts—forever.

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Review: Ah, I can’t tell you how rare it is for me to reread, and it’s unheard of that I reread right after finishing said book, but I did! With this one I read it twice, and was ecstatic to find I loved it just as much, (or more?) the second time! All the feels, danger and courtly intrigue, lost Queens and stolen crowns, what’s not to like? I loved Lady Felicia and Lance as they constantly struggle with their new realities, and when past and present conflict, does rank and status matter when your home no longer stands, and your monarchs are now children in your care?

Evermore
(The Lost Princesses #1)
By Jody Hedlund
Christian YA Historical
Paperback & ebook, 222 Pages
August 27th 2019 by Northern Lights Press

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace.

Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thrusts her into a quest for the throne whether she’s ready or not.

Unable to tolerate King Ethelwulf’s cruelty and lawlessness, Christopher Langley left Mercia years earlier, training a group of rebels in neighboring Norland. When he returns home after his mother’s death, he discovers that not only is Adelaide all grown up, but she’s also the rightful queen of Mercia.

When King Ethelwulf discovers Adelaide’s location, he’ll stop at nothing to capture her and the key she holds to the ancient treasure. Christopher is just as determined to protect Adelaide so she can lead the growing rebellion. When feelings ignite between the two old friends, forces threaten to destroy their love and rip them apart forever.

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Review: As with Always, I was delighted to read this! I enjoyed seeing the ‘what happens after’ and was happy to find that the series focuses on the three royal sisters as they learn of their parentage and their true titles. The characters in this series are so real, and combined with the attention to detail that makes it easy to picture each scene, I love reading these as they are almost picturesque in style and impossible to put down!

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Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Cover Crush Thursday 9/9/19

Cover Crush Thursday is a post where you can share your latest ‘cover crush’. With all the new books coming out, I can’t help but notice the beautiful covers, and I’m excited to share some with you! I found this post on A Court of Coffee and Books.

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Sword and Pen

(The Great Library #5)

With the future of the Great Library in doubt, the unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone must decide if it’s worth saving in this thrilling adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.

The corrupt leadership of the Great Library has fallen. But with the Archivist plotting his return to power, and the Library under siege from outside empires and kingdoms, its future is uncertain. Jess Brightwell and his friends must come together as never before, to forge a new future for the Great Library . . . or see everything it stood for crumble.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

ARC Review: Trial of Three

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Trial of Three

(Power of Five #3)

Four cords of power. Three trials. Two soul-crushing secrets.

For Lera, training has never been so hard. With the males’ power roaring in her veins and River’s cold demand that she master the magic before the third trial, something has to give. Worse still, River is keeping something from her. Something about his past and Lunos’s future.

For River and Coal, the past must stay buried. Though one male’s nightmare sits on a throne and the other’s hides in his soul, they are equally unprepared for Lera’s startling determination to undress the truth.

But when Mors’s Emperor Jawrar makes a play for Lunos, neither Lera’s fledgling magic nor the males’ old wounds can remain untouched—not if their world is to survive.

TRIAL OF THREE is a full-length reverse-harem fantasy novel, third in the Amazon bestselling, KU-All Star POWER OF FIVE series.

Release Date: September 26th 2018
Publisher: Danger Bearing Press
Review*I received an ARC from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*
I love, love, love this quint! I can’t say much, since I don’t want to spoil anything, but I think this is the best book yet in this series, and I can’t wait to see how things turn out for these characters! If you enjoyed the first two books in this series, you don’t want to miss this one!

Wednesday’s Wishes: FireBorne

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.Wishful Wednesday

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Fireborne

(The Aurelian Cycle #1)

Game of Thrones meets Red Rising in a debut young adult fantasy that’s full of rivalry, romance… and dragons.

Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone—even the lowborn—a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders.

Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet.

But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city.

With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he’s come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.

From debut author Rosaria Munda comes a gripping adventure that calls into question which matters most: the family you were born into, or the one you’ve chosen.

Expected publication: September 5th 2019

 

WWW Wednesday: September 11, 2019

Every Wednesday, we participate in a blog post known as ‘WWW Wednesdays.’ This was originally hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm before moving to Taking on a World of Words. 

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You may be wondering what the three Ws stand for. The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

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What Are You Reading Wednesday?: September 11, 2019

What Are You Reading Wednesday was created by RhiannaMarissa, and Kendall. The idea is to create a space for book lovers to share, discuss, and recommend the books they are currently reading and loving. All you have to do is answer the questions about your current read and then head over to one of the host’s sites to link up your post! Have fun and don’t forget to check out everyone’s posts as well!

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MY CURRENT READ

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Dust Crown

(The Elements of Kamdaria #3)

The trials are over. It’s time for the real fight to begin.

Talise is thrust into her role as Master Shaper in the most dangerous way possible. With the enemy knocking on the gates of the palace, she must use her shaping to keep them away.

But even after the battle, the emperor continues to be unhappy with her progress. The soldiers seem to share his disdain, and they fight against her leadership at every turn.

With the deadline of the masquerade ball fast approaching, Talise must decide whose approval matters most: the emperor’s or the soldiers’.

Despite her decision, one thing is certain. She must prove her potential… before the emperor gets rid of her for good.

 

1. Why did you decide to pick up this book–cover or content?

Content, I received an ARC of the first book, and loved it!

2. Who is your favorite character so far, and why?

Hmm…I really like Aaden, but it’s fun to see Talise’s POV.

3. Will you finish this one?

Yes!

4. This book reminds me of…

Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy, #1) by Laura Sebastian • Avatar Volume 1 The Last Airbender (Avatar #1) by Michael Dante DiMartino • The Memory Thief (City of Wishes #1) by Rachel Morgan

5. What type of read is this one? (Slow but interesting, cannot put it down…)

This one starts in a battle, so it’s pretty action-focused right now, but I have a feeling plenty of secrets will be revealed soon as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

New Release: Helix (ISAN series #2)

Helix
by Mary Ting
Series: Book 2 in the ISAN series.
Genre: YA dystopian/science fiction
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Release date: September 10, 2019

ALLIANCES ARE FORMING. THE RESISTANCE IS GROWING. EVERYTHING IS ABOUT TO CHANGE.

With her memory still fragmented, Ava returns to the International Sensory Assassin Network (ISAN) to find the twin sister she never knew she had.

But as Ava hunts for information, she finds herself tangled in a web of yet more lies and conspiracy. The Helix serum may not be required to access her superpowers, and the number of male assassins—previously considered too volatile to tolerate Helix—is growing in every territory.

The more Ava uncovers, the more of a threat she becomes to ISAN. Her only salvation may be to join the rebels … if she isn’t killed first.

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     I twisted at the waist to dodge the
first pellet. Then I ducked and somersaulted when two more fired my way. I
flattened to the ground, rolled to my right, and then jolted up when more
whizzed by, one after another in rapid succession. After shifting awkwardly to
my left and right, I arched my back, and one missed me by a hair.
     Drew stopped firing, his features a
mask of confusion. He looked at his Taser, most likely wondering if he should
even bother with it, and then watched me walk toward him to close the gap
between us.
     “How?” His chest heaved and anger
seethed in his eyes.
     I swaggered the last few steps with a
smirk. “I guess Helix likes me better. You’ve got the wrong briefcase, as you
know … and this is personal.
You messed with the wrong team.”
     I slammed the heel of my palm into his
chest. The unforgivable blow caused Drew to fly off the roof to likely splat on
the ground.
     Oops. My bad.
     I placed the right suitcase on the
platform of the sub-glider. It whooshed and clanked open.
A welcoming, wonderful sound.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my TBR I’ve Been Putting Off…

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

How it works:

She assigns each Tuesday a topic and then posts her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.

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It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s been a while since I’ve done these, but I wanted to try to plan more posts again, and I really liked this topic, so I wanted to try it.

I went though this year, and removed…thousands of books from my Goodreads TBR that I had no plans to read and some I’m not even sure how they got there, LOL! That said, I can easily think of some that this applies for:

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The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black

 

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The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S.A. Chakraborty

 

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All the Wandering Light (Even the Darkest Stars #2) by Heather Fawcett 

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The Speaker (The Reader Trilogy #2) by Traci Chee

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Whisper of the Tide (Song of the Current #2) by Sarah Tolcser

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The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5) by Jonathan Stroud

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Fell (The Sight #2) by David Clement-Davies

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Secrets in the Ice (The Fire Song Chronicles #2) by Atlanta Bushnell

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A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir

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Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 covers of 2019

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the lovely Shanah at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit here for the upcoming topics!

This week, the topic is Top 5 2019 covers, and wow, they are so many I’d love to feature!

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Adaptive (The Elite Trials #2) by Becky Moynihan : I…might have started this series after the covers caught my eye, but I can’t resist stories with strong female characters raised and taught to fight, challenging trials with seemingly impossible odds, plenty of action, danger, and romance? Not to mention they have some pretty cool…abilities in this series as an added bonus!

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Ice and Fire (The Elements of Kamdaria) by Kay L Moody : This is more of a teaser/sample, but I love this cover! I also really enjoy this series, so if you like characters with the ability to control elements, check this series out! Book 3 came out yesterday.

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The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky in the Deep) by Adrienne Young : Another female warrior pictured, this time surrounded by sea! I mean, what’s not to love, I’ve loved this cover since I first saw it last year, and can’t wait to read it!

 

 

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What are some of your favorite 2019 covers? There are so many I’ve seen, these are just the ones that are instant picks for me. (I also seem to have a blue theme going for this post, totally accidental! XD)

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Goodreads Monday: 9/9/19

It’s been awhile since I went down the hole. But Goodreads Monday is a day we run into our Goodreads tbr and show a book you’ve been meaning to read for years or a book that you think deserves some attention. And this week is…

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I’ve meant to read this for years, even checked it out at the library, and started it, but never got far before it was due…I loved the movie, and even loved the few chapters I read, but for whatever reason, I haven’t finished it, and I really want to change that soon!

ARC Review: Adaptive

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Adaptive

(The Elite Trials #2)

A PERILOUS MISSION. AN IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE. ONE UNEXPECTED DISCOVERY.

Escaping Tatum City was all Lune wanted. Now that she’s out, freedom is beyond her reach more than ever. Her adoptive father knows her weaknesses. And if she fails to find Bren and complete her mission, he won’t hesitate to exploit each one.

To complicate matters further, Ryker, her wildly unpredictable companion, has a mission of his own. Lune quickly discovers that he’ll do whatever is necessary to see it through too.

As the dangers of the outside world threaten to undo her, Lune must adapt to survive every new challenge. Because everything she knows, everything she’s been fighting for, is about to change.

Perfect for fans of the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Shatter Me series, THE ELITE TRIALS trilogy is the gripping story of Lune “Tatum” Avery as she fights for freedom in a futuristic dystopian world plagued by danger, secrets, and betrayal. An emotional, action-packed journey of resilience, second chances, and fierce love.

Release Date: July 16th 2019
Publisher: Broken Books
Review:

Ah! *squeals!* I don’t even get giddy often, but this book…this series…is just that good! I loved the first one, and hoped for more of the same quality, not only does this book deliver, but Becky Moynihan has gone above-and-beyond with this one, and ramps up all the times I loved about the first. Action! Romance! Character growth! Intrigue! Mystery! Plus so much more, and I’m just wishing I had the next book in hand, because after that ending, I need answers! Though, with how much I love this series, I’ve no doubt the wait will be well rewarded!

You might also like: Whisper (Whisper, #1) by Lynette Noni * Irrelevant (Relevance #1) by Sarah Addison-Fox * Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth * Chaos (Tessa Avery #1) by Lucy Roy