Friday, August 17, 2018

Book Beginnings | The Friday 56: The Demon Race by Alexandria Warwick

 Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader
Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. 

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice
Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) and post it.
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Book Beginning:
It was night. A cold wind howled through the narrow window chiseled into the western wall, salt and sand and hints of a sun long gone having blown in from the sparse, skeletal land.

Friday 56: 
His shoulders slumped. "I don't know what the future holds. I don't even know if we'll survive the end of the race. But I do know I care about you, and I won't leave you here to make a choice you will regret.

So I'm REALLY enjoying this book. I'm a little over 50% in now and I can't think of anything that I'm disliking so far. I certainly hope it's going to stay like this. I'm loving the main character 'Namali' because she's learning to say no and standing up for herself, finally making her own decisions for her life. I love that! 

There's also a blog tour coming up for this book in which I am participating. My stop is September 6th so be sure to keep an eye open for it. It's going to be so much fun!

About the book:

A race across the desert.


An unimaginable prize.


It occurs once every thousand years: the Demon Race. A test of will and strength, it is a race across the Saraj, a fight for the prize of a lifetime. And it is the key to Namali Hafshar’s freedom.

When shy, seventeen-year-old Namali learns of her arranged marriage, she flees home and enters the Demon Race for the chance to change her fate. But to compete, she must cross the Saraj on a daeva, a shadow demon that desires its own reward: to infect her soul with darkness.

Namali soon learns the desert holds more dangers than meets the eye. The only person she can trust is Sameen, a kind competitor seeking his own destiny. As her affection for him grows, however, so too does the darkness in her heart.

In this race of men and demons, only one can win. But the price of winning might be more than Namali is willing to pay.



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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Huntress by Kate Quinn

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting On Wednesday hosted at Breaking the Spine.


The Huntress by Kate Quinn 
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks

From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, THE ALICE NETWORK, comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America.

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted…

Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans. When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only Nina’s bravery and cunning will keep her alive.

Transformed by the horrors he witnessed from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials, British war correspondent Ian Graham has become a Nazi hunter. Yet one target eludes him: a vicious predator known as the Huntress. To find her, the fierce, disciplined investigator joins forces with the only witness to escape the Huntress alive: the brazen, cocksure Nina. But a shared secret could derail their mission unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it.

Growing up in post-war Boston, seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is determined to become a photographer. When her long-widowed father unexpectedly comes homes with a new fiancée, Jordan is thrilled. But there is something disconcerting about the soft-spoken German widow. Certain that danger is lurking, Jordan begins to delve into her new stepmother’s past—only to discover that there are mysteries buried deep in her family . . . secrets that may threaten all Jordan holds dear.

In this immersive, heart-wrenching story, Kate Quinn illuminates the consequences of war on individual lives, and the price we pay to seek justice and truth.

Oh my gosh, I'm so damn excited for this book! Kate Quinn is an insta-buy author for me and The Huntress is definitely in my top 5 of most anticipated books that are releasing in 2019. The Alice Network that was released in 2017 especially made me a big fan of Kate's work and it's still one of my favorite historical fiction books ever so I'm having very high hopes for this new upcoming one. Also, the cover was revealed recently and I really love it. It reminds me of the cover of The Alice Network, which just makes me even more excited to get my hands on The Huntress. Only 6 months to go! 


I'd love to hear your thoughts on The Huntress by Kate Quinn. Do you like the synopsis and/or cover? Are you also looking forward to it? Feel free to let me know your thoughts!

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Review: Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

Title: Long May She Reign
Author: Rhiannon Thomas

Publication: February 21st 2017 by HarperTeen
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Google Play | Kobo

Rating: 2/5

The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.


So I read this book early in August of 2016 and wrote the review around the same time but for some reason I hadn't posted it yet so here it finally is!

Long May She Reign was mediocre at best. The characters were okay to read about, although the main character Freya could be a little boring. But mostly I didn't care much for the story, sadly enough.

This story is about Freya, who's twenty third in line to the throne so she never thought she'd ever become queen until someone poisoned a banquet that kills every person that's in line to the throne before Freya. 

It's hard for Freya once she's queen because she has no idea how to act and nobody seems to respect her. But with the help of some friends and her science projects she wants to find the person who killed all those people.

The plot was pretty predictable. I knew fairly early on who the actual killer was so it wasn't a big surprise for me. I also didn't care much for the romance. The one bright spot in this book was Freya's best friend Naomi. She was a total bookworm so of course I adored her.

Overall, Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas wasn't a very remarkable book. In fact, I don't think I'll remember much from the story in a few months. But at least it was a pretty quick read. 

About the author:
Rhiannon Thomas is the author of Long May She Reign and the A Wicked Thing series. She currently lives in Yorkshire, England, with her cat, Hermione.
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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Stacking The Shelves: August 11, 2018

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ Tynga's Reviews & Reading Reality.



First of all... I got a new bunny! Actually my mom got him for me. At first I wasn't sure if I wanted a new bunny so soon after losing my old one. I still miss her so much. But I just couldn't help falling in love with this one and I knew I had to take him home with me. He's still very little but he's already got a feisty personality and he makes me laugh so much. His name is Apollo. ♥


Won:
I won this book on Fairyloot's FairyChat on Twitter. I still can't quite believe I actually won their monthly giveaway on it but yay! I picked this book because it's one I haven't been able to buy yet. It's not often that I actually purchase nonfiction for myself and I've been wanting to read it for ages. I'm reading it right now and it's super fascinating!

Shear Heaven by Katy Regnery
I won this book from Megan on Instagram. It's a modern retelling of Rapunzel!

For Review:
Sherwood by Meagan Spooner

For Review:
The Glass Butterfly
by A.G. Howard

Freebies:

Freebies:
Joan of Arc: A Life From Beginning to End by Hourly History



Happy weekend, everyone!
Leave me links to your book hauls and I'll visit you back. ♥

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Cover Reveal: The Evolution of Man by Skye Warren

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The Evolution of Man, the stunning conclusion to the Trust Fund Duet by New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren, is coming August 28th!


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The Evolution of Man by Skye Warren

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date: August 28th, 2018
Cover Designer: Book Beautiful

Ambitious. Intense. Irresistible.
I never wanted to fall for man.
And definitely not two men.
They tear me apart until I don’t know how I’ll ever be whole again.
Until I’m not sure I want to be. How can I choose between two halves of myself?
THE EVOLUTION OF MAN is the second novel in the USA Today bestselling duet, which begins with Survival of the Richest.


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Pre-Order Today!
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Survival of the Richest
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About Skye:
Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.

Connect with Skye:
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http://www.skyewarren.com


Check out my review of book #1, Survival of the Richest here.



Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting On Wednesday hosted at Breaking the Spine.


She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Graywolf Press

A novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and history—a dazzling retelling of Liberia’s formation Wayétu Moore’s powerful debut novel, She Would Be King, reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Gbessa, exiled from the West African village of Lai, is starved, bitten by a viper, and left for dead, but still she survives. June Dey, raised on a plantation in Virginia, hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee. Norman Aragon, the child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave from Jamaica, can fade from sight when the earth calls him. When the three meet in the settlement of Monrovia, their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes, as a new nation forms around them.

Moore’s intermingling of history and magical realism finds voice not just in these three characters but also in the fleeting spirit of the wind, who embodies an ancient wisdom. “If she was not a woman,” the wind says of Gbessa, “she would be king.” In this vibrant story of the African diaspora, Moore, a talented storyteller and a daring writer, illuminates with radiant and exacting prose the tumultuous roots of a country inextricably bound to the United States. She Would Be King is a novel of profound depth set against a vast canvas and a transcendent debut from a major new author.


Reasons why I'm looking forward to this book:
• Magical realism
• History
• A retelling of Liberia's beginning
• The cover is gorgeous
Three different points of view (I think)
• It sounds like a powerful story

I CAN'T WAIT!


Monday, August 6, 2018

Review: The Operator by Kim Harrison

Title: The Operator
Author: Kim Harrison
Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles #2
Publication: November 22nd 2016 by Pocket Books

Genre: Science Fiction
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Google Play | Kobo

Rating: 5/5

On-the-run ex-agent Peri Reed returns bigger and bolder than ever in this second highly-anticipated installment in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison's new suspense trilogy, The Peri Reed Chronicles.

Peri Reed’s job eats her mind, but for a special task agent in hiding, forgetting the past can be a blessing.

Betrayed by the man she thought she loved and the agency who turned her into the very thing she fought against, Peri abandoned the wealth and privilege of Opti for anonymity riddled with memory gaps and self-doubt. But when a highly addictive drug promises to end her dependency on those who’d use her as a tool for their own success, she must choose to remain broken and vulnerable, or return to the above-the-law power and prestige she once left: strong but without will—for whoever holds her next fix, will hold her loyalty.

Yet even now as then, a love based on lies of omission might still save her life.

Fast-paced with twists around every corner and with a lot of witty banter, The Operator was a great and worthy sequel to the Drafter.

It's been a year after The Drafter ended where Peri is trying to have a somewhat normal life owning a coffee shop. But of course this doesn't last very long. 

I felt like things turned up a notch in this book. Both Bill and the CIA are after Peri, wanting to use her for her abilities. Meanwhile she's still trying to work through everything she was forced to forget. But the stakes are higher than eever when she is forced to get addicted to a drug called Evocane.

A lot fo characters we already met in the first book made appearances like Jack, Allen, Bill and Silas. But also new characters like Harmony. I loved her and Peri working together.

Overall, this was a thrilling book in the Peri Reed chornicles. I loved very single page.

About the author:
Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and lived most her her life within an easy drive. After gaining her bachelors in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina, where she remained until recently returning to Michigan because she missed the snow. She's currently working on the Peri Reed Chronicles and a Hollows prequel, and when not at her desk, Kim is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home or in the garden.
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Thursday, August 2, 2018

New Releases — August 2018

This is a bookish feature where every month I will spotlight new releases that I'm excited to read. ♥
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Today I have quite the monster list of new releases. There are so many good titles coming out that I don't even know what to buy first. Some books that jump out for me are Beautiful Exiles (about Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway), Rust & Stardust (The true crime story that inspired Lolita by Vladimir), These Rebel Waves, The Glass ButterflyWalls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick, The Governess GameThe Woman Who Smashed Codes and The Evolution of Man.



August 1, 2018 — Beautiful Exiles by Meg Waite Clayton {Historical Fiction, 1930's}
August 7, 2018 — The Terracotta Warriors: Exploring the Most Intriguing Puzzle in Chinese History by Edward Burman {Nonfiction, History}
August 7, 2018 — Our House by Louise Candlish {Mystery, Thriller}

August 7, 2018 — The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis {Historical Fiction, 1920's}
August 7, 2018 — Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar {Historical Fiction, 1940's}
August 7, 2018 — The Daisy Children by Sofia Grant {Historical Fiction, 1930's}

August 7, 2018 — Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood {Historical Fiction, 1940's}
August 7, 2018 — Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas {Fantasy, Young Adult}
August 7, 2018 — These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch {Fantasy, Young Adult}

August 9, 2018 — The Light Between Us by Katie Khan {Science Fiction, Romane}
August 13, 2018 — Unbreak My Heart by Lauren Blakely {Contemporary Romance}
August 15, 2018 — The Glass Butterfly by A.G. Howard {Historical Fantasy, New Adult}

August 21, 2018 — Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick by David Frye {Nonfiction, History}
August 27, 2018 — Love Online by Penelope Ward {Contemporary Romance}
August 28, 2018 — Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae {Contemporary Romane}

August 28, 2018 — Mirage by Somaiya Daud {Sciene Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult}
August 28, 2018 — The Governess Game by Tessa Dare {Historial Romane}

August 28, 2018 — Seafire by Natalie C. Parker {Fantasy, Young Adult}
August 28, 2018 — The Evolution of Man by Skye Warren {Contemporary Romance}
August 28, 2018 — You Promised Me Forever by Monica Murphy {Contemporary Romance}


What new releases this month are you looking forward to?