Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Death Marked

"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*





Death Marked by Leah Cypess!
Expected Publication: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 400

Goodreads:

A young sorceress’s entire life has been shaped to destroy the empire controlling her world. But if everything she knows is a lie, will she even want to fulfill her destiny? The sequel to Death Sworn is just as full of magic and surprising revelations, and will thrill fans of Leigh Bardugo and Robin LaFevers.

At seventeen, Ileni lost her magical power and was exiled to the hidden caves of the assassins. She never thought she would survive long. But she discovered she was always meant to end up, powerless, in the caves as part of an elder sorcerer’s plan to destroy the evil Empire they'd battled so long. Except that Ileni is not an assassin, and she doesn't want to be a weapon. And, after everything, she’s not even sure she knows the truth. Now, at the very heart of the Empire—its academy for sorcerers—the truth is what she seeks. What she finds challenges every belief she holds dear—and it threatens her fledgling romance with the young master of assassins.

Leah Cypess spins an intricate and beautiful conclusion to Ileni's story. In the end, it may not be the epic decisions that bring down an empire, but the small ones that pierce the heart.
 

Why I'm Waiting on it: 
I just recently finished Death Sworn and I really liked it! I can't wait for the sequel to come out!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Post it in the comments and I'll go check it out!

-Daniel

Sunday, November 23, 2014

ARC Review: Death Sworn

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Death Sworn by Leah Cypess
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication: March 4, 2014
Pages: 352
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Goodreads:

When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.

But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book! It was a fast read, however, it was a little slow at the beginning but it eventually sped up and improved. I wasn't really sure what to expect but this book has magic and assassins so I had to give it a try. I found myself slowly getting attached to Ileni and even Sorin a little bit. After getting past the slow beginning I couldn't stop myself from reading. I finished this book in about a day. I do wish there was a little more magic involved though, however, that was almost impossible because throughout the book Ileni was struggling with the fact that she was slowly losing the last bits of her magic.

Ileni was practically sent to her death because she no longer had her great magical powers. She was sent to the depths of a mountain filled with hundreds of assassins in order to teach the assassins how to control and use their magical powers in order to aid them in their fight against the Empire and to find out who murdered the past two tutors. Throughout the book we often see that Ileni has accepted her fate and her death and is sometimes reckless when it comes to her interactions between the hundreds of deadly assassins. Ileni is very strong headed and borderline reckless, however, I found that I really enjoyed her. 

Sorin is one of the top assassins in the mountain and he was forced by his Master to protect Ileni. At first Sorin is like a brick wall, solid, unemotional, and humorless. However as we progress through the book we see Ileni chip at this wall and we eventually see some of Sorin's feelings show. He has a past that was very tough and his future doesn't look very promising because, let's face it, assassins don't live very long given their profession. He's got trust issues, which I can understand and he's got one person he listens to and that's it. That's all he's ever really known since living on the streets so you can't fault him.

I think one of the best things about this that many people found was that there was no love triangle. It was only Ileni and Sorin and even then there wasn't much loving going on. We see their relationship slowly kindle and grow throughout the novel and we even see a hint of friendship.

There are parts of this book that will have you cringing at scenes of gore and death. There are some parts where you will see some swooning and a little bit of lovin'. It will also have you rooting for Ileni time and time again wishing that some how all her magic would return in one fell swoop. It's full of action, adventure, romance and death. It leaves you wanting more but the cliff hanger isn't unbearable which makes it a little less horrible to wait. I recommend this book to everyone!

*Thank you Greenwillow Books for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review and thanks to Jessica from Step Into Fiction for holding the giveaway for this ARC*

-Daniel



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Rogue

"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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Rogue by Julie Kagawa!!!
Expected Publication: Spring 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 348

Goodreads:

Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he'd signed his own death warrant.

Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember's own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George.

A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?

Why I am Waiting:
I received Talon at BookCon last year and I was so excited about it! This series is going to be amazing! I loved everything about Talon, with the secret dragon organizations and the St. George militants. I can't wait for the scond book to come out!

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


--Daniel







Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Orphan Queen

"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 Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows!!
Expected Publication: March 10, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books 
Pages: 400

Goodreads:

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.


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

-Daniel

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

SALT & STONE Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

http://www.victoriascottya.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Bio-Pic.jpgVictoria Scott:
Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe of the Harvey-Klinger Literary Agency. She’s the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her first stand-alone young adult title, TITANS, will be published by Scholastic in spring 2016. Victoria’s books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Israel, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. She currently lives in Dallas, and hearts cotton candy something fierce.
 

About Salt and Stone:
Expected Publication: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 320

Goodreads:
What would you do to save someone you love?

In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can't quit--she has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, across the ocean and over mountains, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race.

But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone's keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you'd relied on most suddenly isn't there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?

The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, just forty-one are left--and only one can win.


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Salt & Stone (Fire & Flood, #2)
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