Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: 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 6, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Pages: 320

Goodreads:
Game of Thrones meets Ocean's Eleven in this brand-book in the world of the Grisha by New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

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.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.


Why I'm Waiting on it:

I can't wait for this book to come out!! I loved the Grisha Trilogy and I want to go back into this world so much! Plus, this cover is so freakin awesome!!

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

-Daniel


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Book Cover Tuesday: The Burning Sky

Hey everyone! So every Tuesday I'm going to try and post the cover of a book that I feel is spectacular!

This Weeks Cover is The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas!
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This has to be one of my favorite covers! Its so gorgeous. I love the phoenix and the lighting above the phoenix! 
Here's the cover for the ARC:
Personally, I like this cover better than the published version because I think it looks so much cooler! I love the lightning bolt and the whirlpool with the castle upside down. It represents the difference between the magic realm and the non magic realm, which I thought was pretty cool.

This book was also really good! If you'd like you can go check out my review of it over here. Here's a little bit about the book from Goodreads:

It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning.

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she's been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.

Guided by his mother's visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.

The Burning Sky—the first book in the Elemental Trilogy—is an electrifying and unforgettable novel of intrigue and adventure.

Pages: 464
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: September 17th 2013 

So, what do you think of this cover? Let me know in the comments!

-Daniel

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Ice Like Fire

"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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Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch!!
Expected Publication: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 432

Goodreads:
It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.
 
Why I want it:
Oh my gosh I cannot wait for this book! It is one of my most anticipated books of 2015 and I have to wait so long for it! Snow Like Ashes was one of my favorite books of 2014, and oh my gosh I need this book now! I mean look at that cover!! It's so gorgeous!Look at these two beauties next to each other:

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

-Daniel


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day Giveaway!!

 

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!! So today will be my first giveaway ever! I just wanted to wish everyone a happy Valentine's Day and show that if you don't have a valentine, books will always be there for you! I mean that's how I'm spending my Valentine's Day; with chocolate and a book! 

Here are some funny Valentines that I hope you enjoy!
 

And now the giveaway!
I'm giving away:
1 Sinner ARC by Maggie Stiefvater
1 Charming ARC by Elliott James
1 Beautiful Ashes ARC by Jeaniene Frost
1 Ghost House ARC by Alexandra Adornetto  


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Sorry, but this giveaway is US only!
So, what are all of you doing for this Valentine's Day?
-Daniel


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: A Darker Shade of Magic

"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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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab!!
Expected Publication: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 400

Goodreads:

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London - but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.

  
Why I'm Waiting:
I have heard so many good things about this book! *cough* Nikki from There Were Books Involved... This book sounds so good and I can't wait for my copy to arrive! Let me just quote Victoria Schwab, 
"here's a list of things in ADSOM: 
–Magic
–Cross-dressing thieves
–(Aspiring) pirates
–Londons (plural)
–Sadistic kings (and queens)

–A royal who is equal parts Prince Harry and Jack Harkness
–More magic (blood magic, elemental magic, bad magic, etc. etc.)
–Epic magicky fights scenes
–Angst!
–And coats with more than two sides

So you should go grab a copy!

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

-Daniel  

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Sin Eater's Daughter

"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 Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Expected Publication: February 5, 2015 (Paperback)
                                    February 24, 2015 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 336 

Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?
 

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

-Daniel  

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Review: Trial by Fire

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Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
Published: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends 
Pages: 374
Rating: 

Goodreads:

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily's other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.

Review:
  
I really enjoyed this book! It was a little slow in the middle but there were still little parts that sped up, but it really didn't start going full force till around the end, and then it ended with a giant cliffhanger! I hate those because I hate waiting to find out what comes next and now there's a cliffhanger so I want to know even more! I had a few issues with this book, but over all I liked it.

This book follows Lily Proctor, a very sick girl, who is not very popular at school because of her mother, who is also sick. Her mother started randomly yelling at people and is almost showing signs of schizophrenia. The book opens up with Lily finally going to her first high school party with her best friend, Tristan. Lily has a major crush on him, but then again who doesn't? He's the hottest guy in the school and he just happens to be best friends with Lily. However, Tristan isn't the one girl kind of guy and I was already feeling sorry for Lily. This party, you just knew how it was going to end, and it was so sad that this had to be added on to what Lily already has to deal with. 

I like Lily. She seems so real. She's has a great personality and she's very strong willed. She won't back down even if she keeps getting pushed around. However, this alternate Lillian, I wanted to punch in the face. I did not like her at all, and neither does Lily. 

I liked Tristan also, but he seemed almost too perfect. He gets all the ladies he wants, he's the hottest guy in school, and he's one of the popular kids. However, I do believe that he does love Lily and will try too help and protect her, even though he treated her poorly. I do like this alternate universe Tristan more.  He's still pretty much the same; we can still see that he's easily able to win over the ladies with his flirtatious personality. He's just more loving and compassionate towards Lily.

My favorite character has to be Rowan. I can say that I am on Team Rowan. He puts on a tough act at first, but its fun to watch Lily slowly break down that wall that he has erected around himself because of what this alternate Lillian has done to him. We can see that he really does care about Lily and will pretty much do anything to protect her.
 
I like the world building a lot, but we are kind of just thrown into this parallel universe with little to no explanations as to what is happening and at times I just find myself guessing as to what the new things could be, and it was starting to get confusing. We only gradually begin to get explanations about some of the things in this parallel universe, like the Woven. We finally start to learn about them and other things about one hundred pages in. That was probably one of the biggest flaws with this book. Other than that, I really liked the idea of a parallel or alternate universe. It's unique and I really haven't seen other books that use this idea. I also like the way that Angelini describes everything. The description makes it feel like I'm actually there with Lily and experiencing these events. Like I said, I just wish we had more prior knowledge. Also, the magic! If you've read any of my previous reviews, I am a huge fan of about anything magic.

All in all, this was a good book. I can't wait to see what happens in Trail of Tears and I hope you all get a chance to read this book.

-Daniel