Waiting on Wednesday (22/05/2019)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

A River of Royal Blood

by Amanda Joy

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Seventeen-year-old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of blood and bone–a dark and terrible magic that hasn’t been seen in so long, the knowledge on how to wield its power has been lost to history. She wants nothing to do with the magick or with the Ivory Throne and heavy responsibility of leading her fractured country. But she has little choice. If she can’t learn to harness the magick inside her by her nameday, she’ll die at the hands of the Rival Heir. Her older sister Isadore, whose magick of light and persuasion is more glamorous but no less dangerous than Eva’s, holds the hearts and alliances of the Court, and is widely favored to win the crown. Because in the Queendom of Myre, only the strongest, most ruthless rulers can ascend to the throne, and princesses kill for the right to do so.

When an assassin attacks Eva weeks before the competition is set to begin, she discovers there is more to the attempt on her life than meets the eye–and it isn’t just her sister who wants to see her dead. Although humans have ruled Myre since the Great War, with fey holding only the illusion of power, bloodkin banned from noble society, and the despised khimaer forced to live in the Enclosures, unrest is growing, and someone is using the naming of the True Heir as a smokescreen for political gain.

As tensions escalate, alliances are tested and family secrets are revealed, and Eva turns to the help of an instructor of mythic proportions and a mysterious khimaer prince to grow her magick into something to fear. Because despite the love she still has for her sister and the childhood memories they share, Eva will have to choose: Isa’s death, or her own; her freedom, or the Queendom.


Publisher: Putnam | Release Date: October 29th, 2019  | Add on Goodreads

I’ve had this on my TBR list since last March, and it sounds so amazing, and the cover just makes it all the better!!

Books That Should Be Adapted | MAY 2019

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It’s that time of the month again! Last month we chose High Fantasy as our genre/theme of the month. This month I’ve been thinking a lot about how much I love science fiction in media. Some of my favourite shows are sci-fi – Killjoys, Dark Matter, Firefly, Stargate, The 100. And I also have a long list of books which I love are sci-fi. I’m being kind of strict in my definition of sci-fi and I’m limiting it just to space, space-ships, and alien planets for the sake of this post. This month I’ve selected a few of my favourite sci-fi books that I think could be adapted superbly and that I would love to see on the big or little screen.

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The Scavenger Hunt Challenge

Me and Lauren was tagged by the lovely Fadwa at Word Wonders to do The Scavenger Hunt Challenge. I think you are supposed to do this in a bookstore or library, but unfortunately, both my local book-store & library have an abysmal YA collection so I think I’d really struggle. So, I think I’ll do what Fadwa has done and use my own shelves! The original challenge was created by Peter at Peter Likes Books!

1) Find your favourite book:

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I’m going to go with a recent favourite here which is Other Words For Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin, it’s a deliciously creepy and compelling novel about witches, fear, love, and power.  I would recommend it to any lover of dark, magical, and atmospheric books in a heartbeat. Also, it had several queer girls!!

 

2) Find another author who has either the first or last name in their name of the author in #1. Pick any book by that author.

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I’ve gone with the authors first name Sarah and chose the author Sarah Nicole Lemon and her book Done Dirt Cheap (also a favourite of mine!). It’s a book about friendship and defying expectations.

 

 

3) Open that book and go to page 74 . On the 3rd line down, pick out two words and find another book with those two words in the title.

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So, I don’t have a physical copy of this, so I did it on my kindle. But what I got was ‘indication of the Warden’s. Something she’d’. So the two words I’ve picked is ‘of the’, I know, I’ve made it very easy for myself. The book I’ve picked with ‘of the’ in is Spellbook of the Lost and Foundby Moira Fowley Doyle.

 

 

4) Once you have found that book, find another book with a similar context.

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This one is pretty simple, I’ve just decided to choose a book that also features witches and queer girls! I’ve chosen These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling. This one hasn’t released yet (May 28th) but I am so excited for it!

 

 

 

5) Upon finding that book, find a diverse book with a similar title.

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This step is a little more difficult because the previous title is quite… specific? So, I’ve picked one that also has a relatively long title and has the theme of fire and burning. My choice is We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia. It features intricate storytelling, a beautifully crafted world, political intrigue, uprising and fighting against injustice. It has a Latinx main character and a passionate, swoon-worthy, enemies-to-lovers f/f romance.

 

6) Pick a name of one of the main characters from that book and find another book that has that name in the title.

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The main character’s name in We Set the Dark on Fire is Dani. I actually kind of struggled finding a character that has this name too so I’ve sort of cheated a little bit. But I’ve chosen Denna from Of Fire and Stars and Of Ice and Shadowsby Audrey Coulthurst.

 

7) Open that book to any page and pick a word without looking. That is your word.

The word I saw was ‘Glass’

8) Go to your favourite section and find the first book you see that has your word in the title.

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I actually thought I owned more books that featured the word Glass but apparently not. But, I did notice Girls Made of Snow and Glassby Melissa Bashardoust!

 

 

 

9 & 10) You have found the book the universe is leading you to read! Buy or checkout your book!

I have actually wanted to read Girls Made of Snow and Glass for a while now – it is a queer Snow White retelling! I’m already super behind on my ARCs so I won’t be reading it yet but when I next pick up a book that isn’t an ARC, I’ll make sure it is this one!

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That’s it guys! I had a lot of fun doing this, despite how difficult some parts were!

I tag:

No pressure if you don’t want to do it!

Waiting on Wednesday (15/05/2019)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

The Light at the Bottom of the World

by London Shah

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At the end of the twenty-first century, the world has changed dramatically, but life continues one thousand feet below the ocean’s surface. In Great Britain, sea creatures swim among the ruins of Big Ben and the Tower of London, and citizens waver between fear and hope; fear of what lurks in the abyss, and hope that humanity will soon discover a way to reclaim the planet.

Meanwhile, sixteen-year-old Leyla McQueen has her own problems to deal with. Her father’s been arrested, accused of taking advantage of victims of the Seasickness—a debilitating malaise that consumes people, often claiming their lives. But Leyla knows he’s innocent, and all she’s interested in is getting him back so that their lives can return to normal.

When she’s picked to race in the action-packed London Submersible Marathon, Leyla gets the chance to secure his freedom; the Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. The race takes an unexpected turn, though, and presents her with an opportunity she never wanted: Leyla must venture outside of London for the first time in her life, to find and rescue her father herself.

Now, she’ll have to brave the unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a secretive, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. As she discovers a world drowning in lies, how much longer can Leyla hold out hope for the truth? If she fails, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture—or worse. And her father might be lost forever.


Publisher: Disney-Hyperion | Release Date: October 29th, 2019  | Pre-order at Book Depository

This has been on my highly anticipated for what feels like forever. Doesn’t it sound amazing?! And that cover!

#MerMay Book Recommendations

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May is #MerMay, which is a month-long celebration of artists and creatives and also, you guessed it, MERMAIDS! I absolutely adore mermaids and I have done since I was little. They are powerful, adventurous, and beautiful. Who wouldn’t want to be one? What I love about mermaids and fiction is how people choose to portray them. Are they kind and gentle? Or, are they brutal and angry. So here is a lot of some mermaid books I have read and love, and some that I want to read!  Continue reading “#MerMay Book Recommendations”

6 YA fantasy books full of political intrigue

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One thing that will make me want to read a fantasy book is if it is full of political intrigue. I absolutely adore books that really evaluate what it means to have power, that discusses the different types of power, and that shows a struggle for power. I love fantasy books that are filled to the brim with betrayal and subterfuge. Books filled with conflict, but not the physical sort. Books like this are exciting, captivating, and intense. So here are some of my all-time favourites: Continue reading “6 YA fantasy books full of political intrigue”

Waiting on Wednesday (08/05/2019)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Winterwood

by Shea Ernshaw

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Be careful of the dark, dark wood . . .

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.


Publisher: Simon Pulse | Release Date: November 5th, 2019  | Pre-order at Book Depository

I really enjoyed Wicked Deep so excited for this one!

Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

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Crown of Feathers

by Nicki Pau Preto

Rating: ★★★★★ | Ink Road | book depository

Disclaimer: I received a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


An empire was built by the Phoenix Riders – legendary warriors who soared through the sky on the backs of fiery phoenixes, until a war for the throne between two sisters tore the empire apart. Sixteen years later, Veronyka and Val dream of becoming phoenix riders. However, an act of betrayal from Val means Veronyka sets out on her own and when she finally finds somewhere she thinks she belongs, until her sister comes along and changes everything.

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My First TBR Jar

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Believe it or not, I have never actually used a TBR jar (a to-be-read jar for those that aren’t aware), which might be surprising considering how popular they seem to be. It’s a pretty simple concept: write a book you want to read on a piece of paper, put it in a jar — or a glass, or whatever really — shake it about and pick out a piece a paper. That’s the book you’re going to read next. I think they’re pretty popular for TBR challenges too!

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Waiting on Wednesday (01/05/2019)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Full Disclosure

by Camryn Garrett

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In a community that isn’t always understanding, an HIV-positive teen must navigate fear, disclosure, and radical self-acceptance when she falls in love–and lust–for the first time. Powerful and uplifting, Full Disclosure will speak to fans of Angie Thomas and Nicola Yoon. 

Simone Garcia-Hampton is starting over at a new school, and this time things will be different. She’s making real friends, making a name for herself as student director of Rent, and making a play for Miles, the guy who makes her melt every time he walks into a room. The last thing she wants is for word to get out that she’s HIV-positive, because last time . . . well, last time things got ugly.

Keeping her viral load under control is easy, but keeping her diagnosis under wraps is not so simple. As Simone and Miles start going out for real–shy kisses escalating into much more–she feels an uneasiness that goes beyond butterflies. She knows she has to tell him that she’s positive, especially if sex is a possibility, but she’s terrified of how he’ll react! And then she finds an anonymous note in her locker: I know you have HIV. You have until Thanksgiving to stop hanging out with Miles. Or everyone else will know too.

Simone’s first instinct is to protect her secret at all costs, but as she gains a deeper understanding of the prejudice and fear in her community, she begins to wonder if the only way to rise above is to face the haters head-on…


Publisher: Knopf | Release Date: October 29th, 2019  | Pre-order at Book Depository