Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

Release date: September 29, 2015

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synopsis

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

SPOILERS MAY LIE AHEAD. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

I didn’t know what to expect with Six of Crows and was pleasantly impressed, giddy, and quite frankly, blown away. I say “didn’t know what to expect” because I dived in without giving much thought into why this book is “highly recommended and over-hyped” (and for good reason!). To be honest, I thought the first two chapters were quite dry and a little boring. But, oh! The boredom quickly shifts to a captivating world filled with colorful characters. Their differences bring them together to see if they can pull off an impossible heist in order to gain some of their freedom/revenge.

This story is heavily driven by its characters and I loved that so much. The narrative is multi-perspective which was thoroughly developed. Each character has it’s own voice without being blurred or confused for another. To me, that is writing mastery and I applaud Bardugo for it.

I loved each character for their pasts, flaws, and fierceness. No one is who they seem on the surface. Every one has or will overcome their fears and demons. I also really really REALLY loved the diverse cast of characters like Kaz’s disabled body and how it did not affect how much of a badass he is, Inej’s dark skin and her strength and fierceness, Jesper’s attraction to men, and lastly Wylan’s disability. I’m not saying what kind of disability because it’s kind of a spoiler 😛 I loved how their characterization transcends their abilities as people. People are more than how they look and that’s a huge attribute I took away from reading Six of Crows.

The writing itself is powerful, spellbinding, and immersive. I was captivated by the world that Bardugo expanded upon. I only read Shadow and Bone in her Grisha trilogy and that was years ago. I saw this expansion as completely new and riveting, and it actually has made me want to continue reading the Grisha trilogy. The world-building is just…it’s magic. I love how she’s taken folklore and spun it to her own will, creating a whirlwind of adventure.

Lastly, I love love LOVE the romantic relationships within this fantastical world. I just swoon from every single one. There are so many quote worthy lines in this book and it is just:

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It has been weeks since I finished Six of Crows and I cannot stop thinking about it. It was bloody brilliant and I honestly cannot wait until Crooked Kingdom is shipped to me. It needs to get here like NOW. I highly recommend this read if you like fantasy, beautiful world-building, and a mixture of unlikely criminals who can be seen as heroes of their story.

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Cover Reveal: Of Ice and Snow by Amber Argyle

Today Amber Argyle and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for Of Ice and Snow, a novella in the Faerie Queens series set to be released in August 2015. Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win an e-bundle of Amber’s Witch Song books!

SYNOPSIS

Otec thought destiny forgot him…

The middle child of the clanchief, Otec is the overlooked son in an overflowing house. He dreams of escape and adventure, so when a mysterious stranger offers both, he doesn’t need persuading. But when his faraway village comes under attack, Otec will do anything to save the people he loves. Cut off from his nation, he must trust a foreign woman with a dubious past as they race to save his clan. But nothing is what it seems, and Otec may have to trust his enemy if he is to become the leader he was never meant to be.

Destiny is not always kind.

Of Ice and Snow is being exclusively released in the Daring Hearts box set and the whole bundle is only 99 cents for 8 books! What an awesome deal!

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Daring Hearts Synopsis

Eight ALL NEW CLEAN novels by eight bestselling authors.

Only 99 cents FOR A LIMITED TIME!

From gorgeous heroes that make us swoon to the super sleuths and feisty heroines that make us cheer, this exclusive collection has something for everyone. Eight clean, sassy and BRAND NEW novels – a delicious mixture of fun, additively romantic, action-adventure stories – each handpicked by an award-winning gather of some of today’s most popular YA/NA authors.

Eight Bestselling Authors

Eight never-before-released novels spanning 1600+ pages

Over 98% off retail for the individual books sold separately (a thirty dollar savings!!)

Only available until September (so get your copy today).

ABOUT AMBER

Amber Argyle is the number-one bestselling author the Witch Song series and the Faerie Queen series. Her books have been nominated for and won awards in addition to being translated into French and Indonesian. Amber graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in English and Physical Education, a husband, and a two-year old. Since then, she and her husband have added more children, which they are actively trying to transform from crazy small people into less crazy large people.

To learn more about Amber, visit her blog at amberargyle(dot)blogspot(dot)com

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Giveaway Details

3 winners will receive the eBook bundle of The Witch Song Series. International.

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May the odds be ever in your favor.

An Ember In The Ashes Release Day Blitz

Hello lovely people of the interwebs! I am so excited to be part of this blitz, celebrating An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir out in the world TODAY. I also get to share a special introduction from Sabaa herself!

Stay tuned for the giveaway at the end!

Letter from Sabaa Tahir:

Dear Readers,

Today, my “baby” An Ember In The Ashes is finally out in the world! From inception to pub date, this journey took eight years. And what a journey it was: writing, rewriting, revising, editing, querying, submitting; Meeting other debuts, bloggers, booksellers and librarians, and hearing their thoughts on Ember. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the radness.

And now, the book is here! I am so excited to see it in the hands of readers. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. To celebrate release day, I’m giving away two signed, first-edition hardcovers of the book. Details below!

All my best,

Sabaa

ABOUT THE BOOK

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Release date: April 28, 2015

Publisher: Razorbill

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SYNOPSIS

I WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING I TELL EVERY SLAVE.

THE RESISTANCE HAS TRIED TO PENETRATE THIS SCHOOL COUNTLESS TIMES. I HAVE DISCOVERED IT EVERY TIME.

IF YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE RESISTANCE, IF YOU CONTACT THEM, IF YOU THINK OF CONTACTING THEM, I WILL KNOW

AND I WILL DESTROY YOU.

Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. — Goodreads

Sabaa-Tahir-200x300ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks, and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

  • 2 winners will receive a signed hardcover of An Ember in the Ashes. US ONLY.
  • 3 winners will receive a hardcover of An Ember in the Ashes and a Sword Letter Opener! US ONLY.

Giveaway ends May 9th at Midnight EST!

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This blitz was wonderfully put together by the girls at Rockstar Book Tours.

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Book Review: Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West

Author: Kasie West

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release date: February 12, 2013

Rating: 5 stars – I ABSOLUTELY ADORED THIS TO PIECES! !!

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SYNOPSIS

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. SPOILERS MAY LIE AHEAD. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. 

A gripping new voice in young adult fiction – Kasie West delivers a fresh and riveting fantasy story that will leave you wanting more. 

This book was purely magic! It was MAGIC, I tell you! !! I have had this book sitting on my shelf since March when I went to the Yappiest event in Disney. Anyways, I put on the back burner not really knowing if I should read it, but being berated (not really) by my friends to read it.

Needless to say, I didn’t regret it for a second and I am completely and utterly excited for the sequel Split Second to be released soon!

I won’t bore you with my own summary of the novel because the synopsis is self-explanatory. In Addie’s world there are people who have special abilities like telekinesis, clairvoyance, ect. She lives in a hidden compound in the mountains where people who have gifts live separately from the “Norms.” Within the compound, those with abilities learn to develop and expand their gift. Those who live on the outside don’t have an ounce of knowledge that people like Addie exist.

The story is told from Addie’s p.o.v. in first person present tense. Every chapter is split between two alternate paths, which I found really interesting and fresh. I’ve never read something like this, in which a girl has the power to see two possible paths based on a decision. It sounds like it would be confusing, but West’s writing easily flowed with no awkwardness.

Each chapter also began with a word and it’s definition. Every word held emotion and was a glimpse to what may lie ahead in the chapter. This was one of my favorite aspects of the novel, to see that West took her time in finding the right word to integrate to each chapter with clarity and depth.

Addie Coleman was an interesting female MC. I really liked her and at times, found that I related to her.

When I read, I feel emotion all on my own. Emotion no living person is making me feel. To me, it almost seems more real; because I know those characters can’t influence me with any power.

I think any person who is a lover of books can relate to the above ^^ I know I did. Addie is also sort of sassy and her own person. She doesn’t let anyone dictate her life, and even when they do she speaks up. She alone has the power to make a decision, and sometimes that is hard, especially when she has to decide to live out a bad possibility to steer clear of a worse one. Lastly, I really love how she is kind of quiet and witty. All in all, I really loved Addie and found her character refreshing and enticing! Her voice is what drives the story and it’s what essentially made me love this book.

Pivot Point also holds two possible love interests in Duke and Trevor. I loved them both (at first) but in the end only one boy completely wins my heart, err Addie’s heart. Duke is the quarterback for Lincoln High. He’s also the most popular guy in school. Trevor used to be a star football player until an injury put him on the bench permanently. Between the alternate futures, we (the reader) see how her relationship with both Duke and Trevor blossoms. I really loved how both guys were pivotal in some way in each of Addie’s possible futures. Their purpose wasn’t just as a “love interest” but offered more to the story. They fueled lies, startling revelations, and danger.

Last but certainly not least, are the side characters. They were fan-tab-olous! I loved Addie’s best friend Lalia and even Rowan. There was something cute and endearing about him even though Addie thought he was a total creep in the beginning. Lalia, on the other hand, is a force to be reckoned with, but I liked her nonetheless. Much like Trevor and Duke, Lalia and Rowan offered a further drive in Addie’s story, making it steadily progress into heart-pounding revelations and action.

Pivot Point was and is possibly one of my favorite reads this month thus far. I read it in 3 sittings and found myself devouring the pages with interest and intrigue. A gripping new voice in young adult fiction – Kasie West delivers a fresh and riveting fantasy story that will leave you wanting more. I highly recommend this book to all you bookish lovers! It is a new series that you’ll thoroughly enjoy! And maybe just like me, you’ll be dying to have the sequel in your hands the next second!

Kasie West has also gained a new fan in me! I have her newly released contemporary novel, The Distance Between Us, thanks to my friend Crystal! I can’t wait to sink into it! 😀

P.S. Pivot Point is on sale on Amazon for only 1.99! Definite e-book bargain! !!

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I know that I haven’t been that active in the last few days. I’m practically breaking my back working just so that I could have a nice mini vacation in Anaheim next Thursday. I’m going to VidCon and then Disneyland/California Adventure! I’m super stoked! But alas, working 4-5 days a week is killing my reading/internet time!

I’m hoping to have another (late) review up tomorrow. I also have a lot of cover reveals and blog tours lined up!

Hope everyone is having a great day/night! !! Stay cool.

xx

Cover Reveal: Ward Against Darkness by Melanie Card + Giveaway!

Today Melanie Card and Entangled Teen are revealing the cover for book 2 in The Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer Series, WARD AGAINST DARKNESS, which will be available on July 16thBe sure to also enter below for a chance to win a paperback or an eBook copy of the novel!

Shall we get to the reveal?

3…2…1…

TADA !!

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SYNOPSIS

The last thing Ward de’Ath wants is more trouble. On the run from both the law and the criminal underworld, Ward and Celia flee Brawenal City only to stumble into the mansion of a powerful evil necromancer. And when Ward discovers the man possesses a dangerous grimoire, his duty leaves him no choice. He can’t allow the necromancer to keep the grimoire. But the mansion is filled with monsters–human and undead–and Ward has no way of telling who’s friend or foe. The only person he can trust is Celia who dominates more of his thoughts and feelings everyday. But there are still laws in the way of anything but friendship. She’s still dead and he’s still alive . . . for now.

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GIVEAWAY

Enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a paperback or ebook copy of Ward Against Darkness.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mel-Card-headshot-259x300Melanie has always been drawn to story telling. In fact, she can’t remember a time when she wasn’t telling a story in her head or on paper. In grade school, they had journal writing time which she turned into story telling time, weaving tales of magic and adventure that mimicked the fairy tales and myths that she loved to read. It was there, with the help of two very special teachers, that she nurtured this love and started her journey as a writer.

She writes fantasy, paranormal romance, and everything in between, seasoned with a good dash of adventure and mystery. Join her on my tales of magic, adventure, and romance.

PLACES TO STALK MELANIE

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THOUGHTS?

I really love the cover! It’s not something that I would normally pick up, but it’s quite eye-catching. i also really like that there is a 19th century vibe to the cover, especially with the dress she’s wearing. I love historical fiction novels and if this is one, then it’s definitely up my alley! I’ll be adding the first book to my Amazon wishlist and hopefully will buy it once my book buying band is O.V.E.R. I’m looking forward to it and this lovely sequel that I’ve heard good things about.

How about you? What are your thoughts on the cover? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

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Book Review: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry and Colt and Co.

Release date: June 5, 2012

Rating: 5 stars – I LOVED THIS TOO PIECES!

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SYNOPSIS

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

TREAD CAREFULLY DEARIE. SPOILERS MAY LIE AHEAD. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Uniquely creative, Smoke and Bone is a riveting adventure that will take readers to a beautiful and dangerous far away land.

There are no words to describe how much I absolutely adored this book. I dived into this fantastic read with no exceptions or knowledge of what it was about. All I knew was that this book had raving reviews and that a lot of my friends loved it.

I am so glad I picked this up. I regret nothing. It was definitely a win and one of the most alluring and uniquely creative stories I’ve ever read.

Shadow and Bone follows the story of Alina Starkov, an orphan who has power beyond her wildest dreams. Her gift is discovered on a military voyage across the Unsea – a terrible, dark place with monsters. When she is threatened her power is unleashed, and thus, Alina’s true journey with the Grisha begins.

The world that Leigh Bardugo creates is absolutely intriguing and spellbinding. I was completely enraptured by the intricate ways in which the world was founded upon. Bardugo’s world is set in a once great nation called Ravka, where it has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a place of impenetrable darkness where monsters live and feast on the flesh of humans who dare enter. There is also the creation of a class structure. I liked the names of the titles because they were Russian (I think) and it showed that Bardugo set time to research these details. To me, it showed that she wanted to make this story as realistic and concrete as possible when it came to the foundation of it. The other thing I really liked was the parallel’s I saw between the government of Ravka with the government conflict of Russia in the 19th century. Please correct me if I’m wrong. I want to say Imperial Russia, but that sounds very wrong. I just loved the world building in this novel. It was absolutely phenomenal and nothing like I’ve ever read.

For the characters, I absolutely loved Alina Starkov. I thought that she was a kickass heroine. She was strong, yet naive and unsure at the same time. At the very beginning she was weak and full of doubt. But as she grows into her power, so does her confidence. It’s one of the things that I loved about her because it was plausible. There’s a moment towards the end of the novel where Alina loses or there is a sense of her losing. Faith seems lost. Even though it was a very disheartening time, I also thought that it was brilliantly written. Why? Because it was realistic. The hero (in this case heroine) does not always win. There is a loophole, of course. Not everything is as it seems, which is GOOD BECAUSE I WAS SO SCARED FOR ALINA AND MAL.

I also like that Alina’s thoughts are raw and true. Her worries and insecurities. Her strengths and views. Throughout the novel, I got a true sense of who she was and I felt and sympathized with her very much. It’s been a while since I’ve truly felt this way about a character and it’s one of the many attributes of the story that I loved.

Moving on to Mal…I really loved his character. He was cocky, brooding, and strong. He’s Alina’s childhood friend and also the first boy she ever loved. Mal is an orphan like Alina and part of the Second Army. He’s a Tracker, which means that he is good at tracking game and people. There were quite a bit of hints about Mal’s ability and how it may be more…like how he could possibly be a Grisha, like Alina. But that is more of a theory and it may be bias because I love them together and will ship them until the ends of the earth. For me, Mal kind of reminded me of your average, indifferent guy. Yano, the kind that you secretly love, but is blind to your feelings? Yep. That is Mal for you. But I adored him. His relationship with Alina is played in a different dynamic; one that I don’t often see in YA novels. It all plays out so nicely without a possible collusion because it’s going too fast. Everything is set for the right time and I just love, love, loved it!

 

Then, there is the Darkling…

The Darkling’s character is well, swoon worthy. His dialogue, his actions. Everything about him makes you trust him and just love him. He wants to right what his ancestor caused centuries ago, which was create the Shadow Fold. When he finds Alina, it is the only glimpse of faith he’s had in a long time. Because of her power, she can help him right the wrongs and give him salvation.

If Leigh Bardugo was here, she would probably be laughing diabolically at my description above ^^^

Let’s just say that things aren’t always what they seem. Bardugo seems to do that throughout the entirety of the novel and I fell for it! Well, you know what, I will not fall for such trickery in the sequel. I will not wear my heart on my sleeve and let fictional characters stomp on my heart.

*breathes in, breathes out*

Okay, I’m alright. Got a little bit crazy there, didn’t I?

Overall, Shadow and Bone was a thrilling and beautiful read. The story line kept me actively engaged and wanting more within every sitting. Reading this book actually took a little over a week and it was because I wanted to let it sink in. There were many aspects of the world that I wanted to completely understand and in the end the effort was worthwhile. Uniquely creative, Shadow and Bone is a riveting adventure that will take readers to a beautiful and dangerous far away land. I definitely recommend this fierce read!

It has successfully earned a spot in my TOP 13 READS of 2013 so far and I cannot wait to get my copy of the sequel, Siege and Storm in the mail Saturday. I have been coveting it every since I finished Shadow and Bone.

For your viewing pleasure, here is the book trailer for Shadow and Bone. Gives me chills at how mysterious and captivating it is.

Enjoy! 🙂

Dracian Blog Tour Stop: Book Review + Giveaway!

The Dracian Legacy CoverOver the past several weeks I have been shamelessly avidly supporting The Dracian Legacy by Priya Kanaparti. Today I have the honor of hosting one of the stops of her book tour, right here on the blog!

So let’s get started!

Author: Priya Kanaparti

Publisher: Priya Kanaparti

Release date: Feburary 14, 2013

Rating: 5 stars – I LOVED THIS TO PIECES!

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SYNOPSIS

Ren and Axel are caught between two powerful magical races: one destined to end the bloodshed, the other out for vengeance.

Seventeen-year-old Ren Pernell is prophesied to end the war between the Dracians and the Telalians. So when a Dracian, Axel Knight, is sent to find and bring back the prophesied one before she turns eighteen and Telalians discover of her existence, unexpected sparks start to fly between the two. Once Ren finds the truth behind Axel’s arrival, she wants everything to do with him and nothing to do with his mission.

Things prove to become difficult as Ren’s life is constantly threatened by the Goarders, humans who sold their souls, a Proxy Succubi, and the leader of the Telalians, who has been searching for her as well.

With the clock ticking and Ren’s life in jeopardy, it is no longer just a mission for Axel. It becomes a personal endeavor to save the only one he’s ever loved. In a heart racing ending, they must find a way to evade the preordained war that won’t also end Ren’s life.

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. SPOILERS LIE AHEAD. TIS NOT TOO LATE TO TURN BACK.

I am going to try to be as coherent as I can possibly be because this book was…WOW. It wasn’t what I expected at all. With that said, it exceeded my expectations to what I originally thought this book was about. Reading through the synopsis I thought I was going to get an full-fledged fantasy novel. I rarely read them and I’ll tell you guys the truth, I was a little wary.

But oh boy, was I off. Way off.

From the very beginning, Priya Kanaparti introduces the main female protagonist, Ren, with a spunky, strong, and independent persona. I couldn’t help but smile with Ren at the jokes her friends made, blush at Dean’s double innuendo’s, fall in love with Axel Knight, and have a heavy heart while reading the novel. Too say that I was emotionally invested would be a serious understatement.

There are two story lines that intertwine together. The first being the romance aspect in the novel, while the second is the danger lurking around every corner, concerning Ren’s destiny. Personally, I dislike love triangles because it’s just so PAINFUL. Sometimes, both guys are great catches, like in this case between Dean Jensen (Ren’s childhood best friend) and Axel Knight, (the new and mysterious boy who is a magical being). I wanted to hate Dean so much because he was a player. But then at the same time, there were moments where he was sweet and caring when it pertained to Ren. Then there is Axel who just makes me melt into a pile of mush. He is just perfect as a hero ought to be; the epitome of what every guy should be.

I’m a little bias here.

Anyways, moving on. I seriously could talk about those two for ages, but then I’d bore everyone to death.

Most of the story involves the budding romance between Ren and Axel. Since the first time they meet there are indescribable sparks between the two, something that Ren cannot explain. I love how realistic her thoughts were on the subject. She doesn’t understand why she would fall for a boy so fast because well, it’s unimaginable and pretty much unheard of like in some romantic comedy or book. But alas, there is the irony 😉 Which is one of the things I loved about the novel. Ren has inner turmoil with herself ALL THE TIME and I LOVE IT. It’s real and made me feel like I’d say those same exact things if I were put into her situation.

Underlining the romance in the novel, there are Goarders, humans who sold their soul to obtain power, threatening her life. They want Ren, but why? Maybe it’s because Ren is close to Axel and they want to hurt him by hurting the girl he loves or maybe it’s because she’s also a magical being and has a purpose for life and they want to get her to their leader to doom the world. . Kanaparti has a gift when writing the combative and fight scenes. The action-packed scenes are dynamic and very fast paced. Her descriptions are vivid, which made it highly enjoyable to read. Add that to her ability to hold captive a readers emotions and you’ve got a kickass and love-worthy fantasy story.

The only thing(s) that I would have loved to see was Ren’s involvement in the magical world. From the get-go we know that there is something special about Ren. She sees the ghosts of her parents, which sends red flags immediately. Plus, she has to be special (i.e. magical) because of the danger that threatens her whenever she is alone. I felt like her discovery of who she really is dragged a bit. Ren should have figured it out from like the beginning and I wanted to beat her senseless! Ahhhh. But then again, maybe her endearing and passionate romance with Axel might have suffered for it. Which would have sucked because those scenes between the two of them honestly caused my heart to rise with crazy butterflies beating against my ribcage.

Also, I don’t think it would have been as great if she found out the nature of her fate within 10 chapters. So….forget what I said!  Erase those last couple of sentences from your mind.

All in all, this was a really great indie, debut novel from Priya Kanaparti. One of the best indie books I’ve read so far in these past few months. I recommend this to anyone who loves a good YA romance/fantasy. It will send your heart soaring with all the love that is weaved between its pages.

Memorable quotes:

Dean was not in love with himself. He was beyond stalker-obsessed.

Apparently, mentally slapping myself wasn’t enough, so I mentally drop-kicked myself in the gut.

I want us. I want to be your every breath, your every dream, be your everything.

From the first time I saw you, my world has taken a different orbit.

Let’s go before you make me do something illegal and your brother comes after me with a butcher knife. – Oh, he wouldn’t come after you with a butcher knife. He’d come after you with a machine gun or a tank to annihilate your boy parts.

Because you’re mine and sharing isn’t part of my dictionary.

If babysitting you is sad, then I want to be sad for the rest of my eternity.

To learn more about Priya Kanaparti and The Dracian Legacy, visit other tour stops featuring interviews, book reviews, never before seen snippets, and much more!

Writefully so… – Author Interview with Priya Kanaparti

Say It With Books – Review/ Character Interview: Axel & Dean

The Book Diaries – Book Review

Tomorrow features:

Kidbits – Playlists: Songs That Inspired The Story

Fantasy Books – Prologue

Giveaway

  • 3 winners, each get an e-book copy of Dracian Legacy

If a winner had already purchased the book, with a proof of purchase, I’ll buy them another book or give a GC of equal or lesser value of their choosing.

  • 1 winner getting a $15 GC to Amazon or Barnes & Noble
  • In addition I’ll continue to add ONE $5 increment GC for every 150 copies of the book (ebook or hardcopy) sold. So for the first 150 copies sold, I’ll add $20 GC, the second 150 copies sold, I’ll add $25 GC, etc… There’s no limit to how many gift cards I add to the giveaway.

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Book Review: Red Madrassa (Algardis #1)

Author: Terah Edun

Publisher: Terah Edun

Release date: November 8, 2012

Rating: 4 stars – ENJOYED IT!

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Synopsis

A magical accident threw them together. But when Fate holds all the cards, it can be impossible to tell the difference between pure chance and Destiny…

The Madrassa, a magical school for mage practitioners, is the stuff of legend. With selective entrance exams and quotas for only the most advanced of mage children, it’s almost impossible to attend.

When Allorna, a guardian trainee for the royal family, ends up on the doorstep of the citadel on the eve of the final day of a recruitment ceremony, she decides it must be fate.

She was sure she knew the path her life would take before she enrolled. But sometimes life has a way of throwing in magical curveballs and strange friends, just to see if you’ll trip up.

Oh, and one of those friends is a mage accused of murder, another is a slightly psychotic dragon, the third a healer facing an existential crisis, and the last is a female storm-caller with more hidden secrets than a thief lord.

Do they all belong at the new school they call home?

This book is suitable for ages 12 and over. It is free of nudity, sexuality and only light cursing. The book is inclusive of LBGT and racial diversity. — Goodreads

 

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. SPOILERS MAY BE AHEAD.

Newly fresh YA voice, Terah Edun, delivers a nice, fast paced read full of adventure, magic, and a wee bit of romance.

I honestly thought that the book was really nicely written. I’m trying to get into the habit of reading indie books because self-published authors deserve some cred too! I was happy and honored to have the author herself contact me, asking to read her book and write a review. I accepted without hesitation because I absolutely love reading everything and anything. With that being said….let’s move on to the review itself.

For the very beginning, I thought that it was a little confusing. It jumped around from p.o.v. to p.o.v and I had to physically take down notes to keep track of the characters. There are 4 p.o.v’s altogether, but it’s written in 3rd person. I felt like at some points the p.o.v’s were the same…while other times they were wholly different, contrasting one another perfectly. Edun’s voice is strong and I liked that because it drove the story, making it a light and fast-paced read.

After I got through the first few chapters of the novel, it got easier to read. I suddenly knew who Allorna, Sidimo, Vedaris, and Sitara were. I saw them as four teenage misfits, kinda running from the law and settling at a magic school. It made it easy for me to see them in that sort of analogy to go forth with the story, which is unique and inventive, all on it own.

If there is one thing I love about stories it’s original plot lines and creative worlds. Edun does not disappoint in that aspect.

The other thing that I liked was the romance part woven into the novel. It wasn’t sappy-first-love, which I detest. I loved that Terah actually takes the time to develop the romance between the two characters. Not going to say who cause it’s SPOILERS, as River Song likes to say. It’s quite refreshing to read that since most of often YA novels consist of “love at first.”

All in all, I thought that Terah Edun’s first novel in her YA fantasy Algardis series was a great start! It definitely introduced a nice handful of characters and built the world in which the story takes place. I’d definitely recommend this to YA fantasy lovers!

ATTN: CALLING ALL BOOK BLOGGERS

So I have very exciting news if you are a book blogger and want to be part of  cover reveal/blog tour for Priya Kanaparti. She is getting ready for her self-published novel Dracian Legacy, a YA Fantasy Paranomral Romance, hitting shelves January 2013.

Here is a brief synopsis of her anticipated novel:

Ren and Axel are caught between two powerful magical races: one destined to end the bloodshed, the other out for vengeance.  

Seventeen-year-old Ren Pernell is prophesied to end the war between the Dracians and the Telalians.  Losing her parents in a gang-related incident tears her perfect world apart. So when a Dracian, Axel Knight, is sent to find and bring back the prophesied one before she turns eighteen and Telalians discover of her existence, unexpected sparks start to fly between the two. Once Ren finds the truth behind Axel’s arrival, she wants everything to do with him and nothing to do with his mission.

Things prove to become difficult as Ren’s life is constantly threatened by forces that are not in her control, including the leader of the Telalians. 

With the clock ticking and Ren’s life in jeopardy, it is no longer just a mission for Axel.  It becomes a personal endeavor to save the only one he’s ever loved. In a heart racing ending, they must find a way to evade the preordained war that won’t also end Ren’s life.

The date that Priya has chosen for the book cover reveal is December 18th, where other book blogs that have signed up to be a part of the cover reveal will tribute Priya’s Dracian Legacy cover!

The book blog tour will consist of author/book interviews, giveways, banners, and MUCH MORE NEAT STUFF!

Interested?

Feel free to contact Priya herself at pkanaparti [at] gmail [dot] com telling her you are on board 😀 Hope to have some of you doing the cover reveal and blog tour! It’s going to be AMAZINGLY FUN-TASTIC 😉