Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Waiting on Wedesday: Six of Crows

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we highlight one book that we're eagerly anticipating."



This weeks Waiting on Wednesday is... *drum roll*




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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo!
Expected Publication: October 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.

Goodreads:
The project, described as a blend of Ocean’s 11 and Game of Thrones, is set in Kerch, a small island nation in the "Grishaverse" (meaning the same universe as her Shadow and Bone books) with tremendous economic power, the hub of all international trade and a country rich in art and culture ... but also home to one of the most dangerous criminal underworlds. A crew of dangerous felonious misfits face impossible odds when they are pulled together to break into one of the most guarded places in the world 

Why I want it:
So, not much is known about this book, however, I can't wait for this to come out! The Grisha Trilogy is one of my favorite series and it just so happens that Six of Crows takes place in the Grishaverse! Additionally, it is described as a blend of Ocean's 11 and Game of Thrones!!

So, what are you waiting on? Post a link in the comments and I'll go check it out! 

-Daniel 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: The Assassin's Blade

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The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Pages: 435
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Goodreads:
Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin's Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.

When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn's orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn's clutches and if they fail, they'll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives.

A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers listeners a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling and deadly world.

Novellas Included:
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
The Assassin and the Healer
The Assassin and the Desert
The Assassin and the Underworld
The Assassin and the Empire

Review:

Theses novellas are amazing! I love the world of this series and all its mystery, power, and people. The Assassin's Blade follows a few adventures that an assassin, Celaena Sardothien embarks on. Through the novellas we learn a great deal about Celaena and many of her traits. We meet multiple characters, like Sam Cortland and Arobynn Hamel, and we learn a lot about who these people are. The cover is also absolutely beautiful! I was drawn immediately into the action, and this was a fascinating glimpse of a young heroine who will grow and learn throughout these five novellas, until we meet her in the first novel in the series, Throne of Glass.

In The Assassin and the Pirate Lord we are introduced to Celaena, a 16 year old assassin. She is the best and most feared assassin of her Guild after her master. In this novella she is sent to an island run by pirates in order to claim something for her master without realizing what she really was there to collect, slaves. With the help of the assassin she despises the most in her Guild, Celaena will try to find a way to free the slaves and get away with it too. As the first novella, the very beginning story of Throne of Glass series, this was a good one. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, has successfully rocked my expectation for the series. 

In the short, second novella, The Assassin and the Healer, we see Celaena preparing for her punishment, the trek through the red desert. The story mainly takes place in a bar and the back alleys of the bar and mainly told in Yrene's, the waitress/barmaid, POV.  We find out that she used to be a healer and that she’s lost her home, family, and is losing sight of her dreams. This novella isn't really necessary, but it shows more character development and is an all-around good story.

My favorite novella out of the five was The Assassin and the Desert. I loved the story the most and I loved all the action and betrayal. This novella follows Celaena’s trek through the desert after betraying her master Arobynn and what she has to do in order to be forgiven by him. The Assassin and the Desert has more mystery, more friendships, more betrayal and more character growth. However, there is still some awesome fighting and world-building. We get to see the dunes of the desert, the ranks of the Silent Assassins (who were quite awesome), the city of Xandria, and much more.

In the fourth novella, The Assassin and the Underworld, starts off with Celaena returning from the Red Desert and Arobynn apologizing. Although we don't see Celaena leave yet, we see her more and more willing to leave. We also see Sam and Celaena start falling in love. The two of them are frustrating at times because they are fighting each other and not really saying what they feel. Celaena has limited experience when it comes to love, and doesn't know how to deal with her feelings of jealousy. Instead of reaching out, she lashes out at Sam. Sam is the one who changes Celaena and makes her want a bigger life than an assassin. He gives her the courage to stand up to Arobynn. We also learn a bit more about Arobynn and his relationship with Celaena.

In the fifth novella, The Assassin and the Empire, was heartbreaking. Celaena is now living in her own home, along with Sam, away from the Assassin’s Keep and Arobynn Hamel. However, not being able to leave in good terms with their old master, Celaena and Sam are struggling to get food on the table and their money is diminishing each day. Anxious to be free from Arobynn, Sam gets hold of a contract that could finally get him and Celaena away from all this, but this contract is very dangerous. This novella is filled with love, betrayal, and death. Celaena and Sam are doing their last contract in order to get some money that will help them move. Everything is going to plan, when suddenly, everything goes wrong. The ending is heart wrenching and you must read it! The ending of this novella leads right into the first novel, Throne of Glass

These novellas have really made me fall in love with Celaena. I recommend them to everyone and I highly recommend that you read them before Throne of Glass. The Assassin's Blade was a quick read and exceptionally written.

-Daniel 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: A Court of Thorns and Roses

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we highlight one book that we're eagerly anticipating."



This weeks Waiting on Wednesday is... *drum roll*





 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas!
Expected Publication: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Pages: 432

Goodreads:
 
Beauty and the Beast blends with faerie lore in this steamy new offering from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas.

When nineteen-year-old Feyre plucks a forbidden rose from the ground, a wolfish creature arrives to punish her for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from stories, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin, a High Lord of the faeries. And as she learns more about him, her feelings for Tamlin transform from hostility to a fiery passion. But the threats against the faerie lands are growing, and Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse . . . or lose Tamlin forever.

This first book in a new series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series is salacious, action-packed, and impossible to put down!


Why I want it:
Another book by Sarah J. Maas?! YES! Beauty and the Beast mixed with faerie lore? YES! Sarah J. Maas is a wonderful author and writer! I loved her previous books and this is on my most anticipated books of 2015 list!

So, what are you waiting for? Post it in the comments and I'll go check it out! 

-Daniel

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Glass Arrow


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we highlight one book that we're eagerly anticipating."



This weeks Waiting on Wednesday is... *drum roll*







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The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons!
Publisher: Tor Teen
Expected Publication: February 10, 2015
Pages: 336


Goodreads:
The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.


So, what are you waiting on this Wednesday? Post it in the comments and I'll check it out!

-Daniel

Monday, October 6, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Reawakened

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we highlight one book that we're eagerly anticipating."



This weeks Waiting on Wednesday is... *drum roll*













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Reawakened by Colleen Houck!!
Expected Publication: August 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press

Goodreads:
When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can't imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.

Why I want it:
This book looks amazing! Don't forget that its written by the amazing Colleen Houck!! I am a huge fan of her and The Tiger's Curse series!! I cannot wait for this book!

So, what are you waiting for? Post it in the comments and I'll go check it out!

-Daniel 

Friday, October 3, 2014

LUCK ON THE LINE Cover Reveal + Giveaway!

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Zoraida Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where she learned to speak English by watching Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker on repeat. She studied English Lit at Hunter College, and The University of Montana before finding a home for herself in the (kinda) glittering world of New York City’s nightlife. She prefers her whiskey neat, her bacon crispy, and her men with a side of chivalry. She is the author of The Vicious Deep Trilogy (YA) and the On the Verge Series (NA).






About LUCK ON THE LINE:

Series: On the Verge #1
Publisher: Diversion Books
Release date: November 11, 2014

To turn her life around, she’ll have to stand the heat. To fulfill his dreams, he’ll have to get Lucky.

Despite her name, Lucky Pierce has always felt a little cursed. Refusing to settle for less or settle down, she changes jobs as often as she changes boyfriends. When her celebrity chef mother challenges her to finish something, Lucky agrees to help her launch Boston’s next hot restaurant, The Star. Even if it means working with the infuriating, egotistical, and undeniably sexy head chef.

James loves being known as Boston’s hottest bad boy in the kitchen, but if he wants to build a reputation as a serious chef, he has to make this restaurant work and keep his scandalous past out of the headlines. Getting involved with his boss’s spoiled, sharp-tongued daughter is definitely not on the menu.

As the launch of The Star looms and the tension and chemistry heat up in the kitchen, they’re going to need more than a little luck to keep everything from boiling over.

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Before you scroll down to the cover, here is a little teaser!

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Lailah Book Blitz and Giveaway!!


Title: Lailah
Series: The Styclar Saga #1
Author: Nikki Kelly
Release Date: October 7th
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Summary from Goodreads:
The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.



"An extraordinarily imaginative look into the realms of good, evil, and all that comes in between. Lailah will have you gripped until the very end." -Brittany, Please Feed the Bookworm

“Lailah: Original. Swoonworthy. Captivating. Lailah will make you have all the FEELS, and you’ll find yourself flailing for Book #2, Gabriel!” -Andrew, Endlessly Reading

“Lailah is a fast-paced read that will keep you hooked from cover to cover." -Jess, The Book Bratz

“Lailah is paranormal romance like you have never read before. With its hauntingly beautiful writing it will have you craving for more!” -Dana, Dana Square

“AHHHHHHHH! (in a good way)” - Ri, Hiver & Café

“Dark. Sexy. Intriguing. Filled with twists and turns and set on a beautiful backdrop, Lailah is sure to enchant and haunt you from the start.” -Rachel, A Perfection Called Books


Styclar Street Team!

The Styclar Street Team is essentially bloggers and readers who are fans of the story, and wish to declare and spread their love for Styclar!

MEMBERS
Want to become a member of the Styclar Street Team? We'd love to have you!

If you've read Lailah, enjoyed the story, and want to get involved, simply take a selfie with your copy of the book, and tweet it with the following hashtag: #StyclarStreetTeam

Be sure to also email the photo direct to Nikki — nikki@thestyclarsaga.com and your awesome selfie will be uploaded to the Street Team page of The Styclar Saga website! (www.thestyclarsaga.com)

Check out the page to grab buttons for your site, find out about how you can participate in the latest spreading the Styclar word activities' and enter special giveaways!

Nikki's going on the Fierce Reads Tour in October! Want to meet her? Check out the stops here: http://fiercereads.com/

About the Author:

NIKKI KELLY was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England. Lailah was first launched to wattpad, an online readers and writers community. Within six months, the novel had over one million reads. Lailah is Nikki’s debut novel, and the first book in The Styclar Saga. She lives in London with her husband and their dogs, Alfie (a pug) and Goose (a Chihuahua).

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Firefight

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we highlight one book that we're eagerly anticipating."



This weeks Waiting on Wednesday is... *drum roll*



 
Firefight (The Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson! 
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 432

Goodreads: 

From the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of Words of Radiance coauthor of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson presents the second book in the Reckoners series: Firefight, the sequel to the #1 bestseller Steelheart.

They told David it was impossible--that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart--invincible, immortal, unconquerable--is dead. And he died by David's hand.

Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there's no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.

Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David's willing to risk it. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David's heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic--Firefight. And he's willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.

So, what are you waiting on this Wednesday? Post a link and I'll go check it out!

-Daniel