Thursday, February 15, 2018

Cover Reveal+Giveaway: "The Kiss Collector" by Wendy Higgins


Welcome to the cover reveal of the new contemporary novel by Wendy Higgins! The Kiss Collector is going to be the first contemporary by Wendy and I couldn't be happier!



Summary from Goodreads

from HarperTeen and Wendy Higgins
YA Contemporary Romance
Coming December 18, 2018


When seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe gets cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved, then watches her parents' marriage crumble, she decides to forget about relationships and turn the tables on the boys of the world. It’s time to take what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, and bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it's time to collect. 


Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral she can’t seem to break free of. As family, academic, friend, and guy drama come to a head, Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race...or at least some of them.









About the author:


Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NY Times bestselling author of the SWEET EVIL series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology THE GREAT HUNT, her independently published Irish Fantasy SEE ME, and her indie NA science fiction UNKNOWN trilogy.
After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school English until achieving her dream job as a full-time writer.
Wendy lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband, daughter, son, and little doggies Rue & Nessie.





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Cover Reveal: "Sachael Discovery" (The Mine #3) by Melody Winter



Welcome to the Cover reveal of the third installment of the Mine series by Melody Winter! Haunting sea creatures, mermaids and war all together in an amazing story!!




Summary from Goodreads

War has come to Saicean. With Orontes as King of the Oceanids, the threat to Saicean and its inhabitants has never been greater. The Oceanid army has laid siege to the underwater paradise, and Estelle Bailey once again finds herself trapped by Orontes’s hand. This time, within the walls of what should have been a safe place.
Tensions mount as supplies run short, and being the only female Sachael in a world dominated by desperate men leaves Estelle feeling vulnerable. Tired of having to live like a prisoner, even a well-treated one, Estelle decides to act. They need a weapon. And she can think of only one person who still has the means to kill Orontes and end the war—Michael.
With Azariah and Chanon in tow, Estelle flees their world, heading to the remote islands of the Faroes. But their mission to find Michael yields so much more than they expected. Faced with information that could change not only the war, but the course of all Sachael existence, the trio must make a choice: return to Saicean with Michael, or follow a lead that could change everything and pray they make it back in time to save their home.
Book Three of the Mine Series, Sachael Discovery layers new intrigues and betrayals into Estelle’s journey, escalating the stakes to levels as sweeping as the backdrop of beautiful locales.





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About the author:

Growing up, Melody Winter showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write far too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but eventually ended up working in finance. Melody is convinced that the methodical time she spends working with numbers fuels her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.
Melody lives in North Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two teenage sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or listening to 80’s music on her IPod.
Melody has a tendency to fall head-over-heels in love with her main characters, even when they frustrate her and refuse to act the way she wants them to. She is a romance writer at heart and loves reading and writing about anything mythological or magical, as well as exploring the gritty side of love affairs and the complexities of being in love.


SACHAEL DREAMS was her debut novel, (REUTS Publications, USA) and the first in the New Adult Romantic Fantasy series—the ‘Mine Series’. The second book in the series, SACHAEL DESIRES’, was released in November 2015, and the third book is due to be released remaining books in the series, SACHAEL DISCOVERY, and, 27th February 2018. SACHAEL DESTINY is due to be released in 2019.

Melody has also self-published three books, INIQUITY, the first book in a Dark New Adult Romantic Fantasy series— ‘The Ascent’. (The second book in the series, ADVERSITY, is due for release 2018.) STARSHINE, and PROMISE, both contemporary romance, were released last year.

Cover Reveal: "Bride of the Sea" by Emma Hamm



The cover of the new upcoming novel by Emma Hamm is here! The Little Mermaid meets the Irish mythology in this sweeping new tale!


Pre-orders are also open! Check out Book End Tours for more details!




Summary from Goodreads



The Little Mermaid meets Irish Mythology in this retelling of the beloved classic… The first Companion Novel in the Otherworld Series


Once upon a time…



Saoirse dreams of land. Her father has other plans, and intends to marry her off as soon as possible. When a ship sinks near her home, she carries the only surviving sailor to a faerie blessed isle and plans her escape. Who better to help her than a man with few scruples and little cares in the world? 



Manus dreams of the sea. He spent every coin in his pockets to get back on a ship but never expected the vessel to sink. When a merrow saves him, he realizes the chance meeting is an opportunity. She could make him rich and become his good luck charm, so the legends say. Now, he just needs to get off the isle she’s trapped him on. 



They intend to use each other, but find their souls drawn together bit by bit. Can either leave the isle and the sea without losing their hearts in the bargain?




About the author:


I am from a very small rural town in Maine. I grew up amid blueberry fields, a farm full of animals, and surrounded by family. It was one of the best ways for a child to grow up. Horses blew puffs of sweet smelling breath in my hair, goats teased me until I giggled, and someone who loved me was always there to pick me up when I fell. I am truly blessed to have grown up in such a fashion.

The love of creative story telling started when I was very young. I used to “act out” the way a story should have gone and argued with my mother constantly about the endings of movies. I wrote a little bit, and eventually found myself in the online writing community. My love of characters blossomed and grew thanks to the ever vigilant parents who convinced me that imagination was one of the greatest gifts of the human mind. I wrote, I created, I read as many books as I could next to the fireplace.

I am inspired by the works of authors like Clive Barker, Mark Danielewski, Patricia Briggs, Clare B. Dunkle, and so many more. 

Thank you all for your support, love, and kindness.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

ARC Review: "My Plain Jane" (The Lady Janies #2) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows


My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.






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REVIEW


I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

The one and only tale that comes second after "Pride and Prejudice" in my classics list is Jane Eyre! While I still felt bad for Jane after everything she'd been through I always enjoyed her voice and the book's writing.

Now the trio of authors, take the classic, turn it into Ghostbusters meet Sherlock Holmes in the early days before the Victorian era and voila! You have an adventure full of ghosts, funny moments and lots of easter eggs and mentions!

Jane is just plain, but she can see ghosts and her best friend Helen is a ghost too. Her other best friend is none other than Charlotte Bronte who aspires to become an author and she is strong and sassy. The whole plot revolves around how Jane, Charlotte and the paranormal investigator Alexander Blackwood attempt to solve the mysteries behind the Thornfield Hall and Mr. Rochester.



You seriously do NOT expect the crazy stuff that happens here but I do assure you that there are swoon times, roll your eyes times and lots of mentions to Harry Potter, The Princess Bride and more! And for once I truly enjoyed Helen being the voice of reason, while Jane fell head over heels for Mr. Rochester.



This enjoyable read is going to make you laugh but also enjoy the twisting tales behind the characters!





About the authors:


Brodi Ashton


Brodi Ashton is the author of the EVERNEATH trilogy. and the forthcoming DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY with Balzer and Bray. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Utah and a master's degree in international relations from the London School of Economics. 

Brodi has an active following on her blog, which can be found at www.brodiashton.blogspot.com. She lives in Utah with her family. Follow her on Twitter at @brodiashton. 





Cynthia Hand




Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of the UNEARTHLY trilogy. After receiving graduate degrees in creative writing from Boise State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she went on to  teach fiction and young adult literature at Pepperdine University. She and her family now reside in Idaho. Her most recent contemporary YA, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, was just released in February 2015. Find her at www.cynthiahandbooks.com or @CynthiaHand on Twitter.




Jodi Meadows

Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy and the  ORPHAN QUEEN Duology (HarperCollins/ Katherine Tegen). Visit her at www.jodimeadows.com

*A Kippy is a cat.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Top 10 Tuesday: My 10 Best Couples!


This meme is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday #137: Since Valentine's Day is coming I decided to feature 10 of my favorite couples! Be it from movies or books!


10: Tristan and Yvaine from "Stardust": I loved the movie and the book even more! 







9: Forsyth and Pip from "The Untold Tale": He is a brave, sweet man and she is a strong-willed woman who surpasses her fears and traumas! 



8: Jane and Asher from "The Conduit": They still need to work some issues but they are a strong couple!




7: Archer and Miranda from "Firelight": A romance in Victorian London with lots of paranormal creatures!




6: Will, Jem, Tessa from "The Infernal Devices": My heart will always root for them! It's the only love triangle that I don't mind!
  






5: Callypso and Des from "Rhapsodic": Soulmates and incredible mystery!




4: Lazlo and Sarai from "Strange the Dreamer": I ADORED this book! My poor babies deserve a happy ending!




3: ALL the characters from Sarah J. Maas: That goes beyond saying for all of them!






2: Belle and the Beast: Well they do have relationship goals with THAT library!




1: Westley and Buttercup from "The Princess Bride": Of course they are on the top!












HONORABLE MENTION goes to the couples from the Bird and the Sword series by Amy Harmon!





Monday, February 12, 2018

ARC Review: "The Bird and the Blade" by Megan Bannen


The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom … until she finds herself an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his irascible father as they flee from their enemies across the vast Mongol Empire. On the run, with adversaries on all sides and an endless journey ahead, Jinghua hatches a scheme to use the Kipchaks’ exile to return home, a plan that becomes increasingly fraught as her feelings for Khalaf evolve into a hopeless love.

Jinghua’s already dicey prospects take a downward turn when Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht, the daughter of the Great Khan. As beautiful as she is cunning, Turandokht requires all potential suitors to solve three impossible riddles to win her hand—and if they fail, they die.

Jinghua has kept her own counsel well, but with Khalaf’s kingdom—and his very life—on the line, she must reconcile the hard truth of her past with her love for a boy who has no idea what she’s capable of ... even if it means losing him to the girl who’d sooner take his life than his heart.

THE BIRD AND THE BLADE is a lush, powerful story of life and death, battles and riddles, lies and secrets from debut author Megan Bannen.







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REVIEW


I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

There are many things to love in History. You get to see battles, inventions, even sometimes the stupidity in the human race; but you also get to have the chance of re-writing History into a freaking amazing book.

"The Bird and the Blade" takes place in the 13th century. The West lives into the Dark Ages, the Byzantine Empire is just a smidge of its former glory and the Mongols struggle for power and succession through the whole Asia. It's a time when the descendants of Jenkins Han fight over who will rule and the power of the Mongols has even destroyed the Song Dynasty on China.

This is the story of Jinghua, a slave who has lost everything and through a series of events ends on serving the Kipchak Khanate, Timur, the leader and Khalaf, the third son. When the princess of the Eternal Ruler issues a series of riddles for those who want to marry her, then Khalaf and Jinghua will live an adventure through the plains of Asia and back.

The story goes back and forth through time and it's told from Jinghua's POV. There are many things to love in this debut. Megan's voice in describing the environment, the knowledge of the language, even the descriptions of the battles are amazing!

Khalaf was also a very interesting character and with everything that happens from the beginning of the book, towards its ending, you truly don't expect the events to unfold the way they did! And since there aren't many YA, that touch this time period and also taking place through Asia, this book is one of its kind!

Gorgeously written and equally tragic, "The Bird and the Blade" will make you want more of Megan's writing!







About the author:

Megan Bannen is a librarian and the author of THE BIRD AND THE BLADE. In her spare time, she collects graduate degrees from Kansas colleges and universities. While most of her professional career has been spent in public libraries, she has also sold luggage, written grants, and taught English at home and abroad. 

She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, their two sons, and a few too many pets with literary names. She can be found online at www.meganbannen.com.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Blog Tour+ARC Review: "Broken Beautiful Hearts" by Kami Garcia


From the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, comes BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS—a red-hot romance that will break your heart and put it back together again! Don’t miss this stunning new title from Kami Garcia!

BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS is now available at all fine retailers. Order your copy today!

                       

BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS Synopsis:

From #1 New York Times–bestselling author Kami Garcia comes a red-hot romance that will break your heart and put it back together again.

Her heart has to break before it can open.

When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, senior year starts off exactly as planned. But when Peyton uncovers her boyfriend’s dark secret, she confronts him—and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Peyton’s knee—and maybe her dream of going pro—is shattered. Everyone is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her.

He has to let someone in before it’s too late.

With her future on the line, Peyton goes to stay with her uncle in a small Tennessee town to focus on her recovery. Dating is the last thing on her mind—until she meets sweet, sexy Owen Law.

But Peyton doesn’t trust her heart, especially when she senses that Owen is hiding something. When their secrets are finally exposed, Peyton has to decide if love is worth fighting for.


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REVIEW

I received an e-ARC from the publisher & Inkslinger in exchange for an honest review. 

This was one of the strongest, most emotional contemporaries I have read so far in 2018. The YA section knows how to weave the high school life but "Broken Beautiful Hearts" is more than a love story and one of redemption. It's about bullying, abusive boyfriends, fear and the strength to prove yourself and become stronger.

Peyton has everything; a good boyfriend, a best friend and an upcoming scholarship in soccer. When she discovers Reed, her boyfriend hiding drugs from her, it causes Peyton to see with new eyes her relationship with him and also survive the consequences.

Enter Owen, MMA fighter and all kinds of gentle and sweet. He and Peyton slowly will become friends and even something more, even when she is scared and fears her growing attraction to him.
I enjoyed reading this book. It had a 'mature' vibe to it, despite the bullying and the cliche of the high school hierarchy, but this was an enjoyable read that pulls at your heartstrings!




Something wonderful happened to me as I read this—I fell in love. Genuine, shattering, deep, heart-pounding love. Thank you, Kami Garcia, for Peyton and Owen. We need their story." —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe



      About Kami Garcia: Kami Garcia is a #1 New York Times–bestselling and Bram Stoker–nominated author and the coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures novels. Her solo series, the Legion, includes the instant New York Times bestseller Unbreakable and its sequel, Unmarked. Kami is also the author of The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos and The Lovely Reckless. Kami was a teacher for seventeen years and coauthored her first novel on a dare from seven of her students. If she isn’t busy watching Supernatural, Kami can teach you how to escape from a pair of handcuffs or bake a Coca-Cola cake. Kami lives in Maryland with her family and their dogs, Spike and Oz.



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Kami Garcia’s BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
January 29th
Becky on Books – Review & Excerpt
Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
JOJO THE BOOKAHOLIC – Review & Excerpt
Read. Eat. Love. – Review & Excerpt
The Book Maven – Review
January 30th
Angie and Jessica's Dreamy Reads – Review & Excerpt
Bibliobibuli YA – Excerpt
Kelly's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf – Review & Excerpt
January 31st
Booknerd1107 – Review & Excerpt
Loves Great Reads Blog – Review & Excerpt
YA/NA Book Divas – Excerpt
February 1st
A Page to Turn – Review
Dazzled by Books – Review & Excerpt
Ellie Is Uhm ... A Bookworm – Review & Excerpt
Mundie Moms – Review & Excerpt
Sassy Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt
February 2nd
Adventures in Writing – Excerpt
Bookishly Yours – Review & Excerpt
Novel Grounds – Review
Omg Books and More Books – Review & Excerpt
Recommended Reads – Review & Excerpt
TBR Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
February 3rd
Ali's Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt
Book Lit Love – Review & Excerpt
Ceres Books World – Review & Excerpt
Greyland Reviews – Excerpt
February 4th
Author Groupies – Review
Book Lovers Hangout – Review & Excerpt
Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Reading Bliss – Review& Excerpt
The Lovely Books – Review & Excerpt
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
February 5th
Bookcrack – Review
Lattes & Paperbacks – Review & Excerpt
Margie's Must Reads – Excerpt
Romancing the Laser Pistol – Review & Excerpt
Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt
The Clockwork Bibliophile – Review & Excerpt
February 6th
Chapter by Chapter – Review & Excerpt
Once Upon a Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Rad Babes Read – Review & Excerpt
Reads and Thoughts – Review & Excerpt
Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World – Review & Excerpt
The Bookish Sisters – Review
February 7th
Cocktails and Books – Review & Excerpt
My Fangirl Chronicles – Review & Excerpt
Reese's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Total Book Geek – Review & Excerpt
February 8th
Bookalicious Babes Blog – Review & Excerpt
In Between The Pages – Review & Excerpt
Lisa Loves Literature – Review & Excerpt
Mean Girls Luv Books – Review & Excerpt
February 9th
Bookgasms Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Jax's Book Magic – Excerpt
Live Read and Breathe – Review & Excerpt
Milky Way of Books – Review
Movies, Shows, & Books – Review & Excerpt
The book slayer – Review
February 10th
A Brit and a Yank – Excerpt
G & T's Indie Café – Excerpt
Miss Riki – Review & Excerpt
Vera is Reading – Excerpt
The Book Addict's Reviews – Review & Excerpt


                                           

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

It's a Roman's World! Double Review: "Blood and Sand" (Untitled #1) by C.V. Wyk & "The Defiant" (The Valiant #2) by Lesley Livingston


Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

FORGED IN BATTLE...
FROM THE DUST OF THE ARENA...
A LEGEND WILL RISE


The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus...

For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.

Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end―and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus...

The story continues in Fire and Ash, coming in 2019 from Tor Teen.





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REVIEW

This was a week where I jumped from one historical book to the other. The Roman period offers lots of chances to many authors to showcase their talent in the YA section. This was the case with the amazing debut novel of C. Wyk!

Attia is a Thracian princess forced to become a slave after the fall of her people. Told in a time where also some significant historical events took place, I liked how the author also encompassed the slaughter of the Christians in the Colosseum, the descriptions, but mostly how amazing the voice of Attia was along with her relationship with Xanthus.

This pair was made to be! Attia is a fierce warrior who struggles to obey in her new situation while Xanthus is forced to be the star gladiator knowing that any failure would mean his death. The romance between them was all-consuming and fiery...despite the brutal ending.

Because you do get to witness the fall of Pompeii too!

I don't know what will happen to the sequel, but I can expect bloody revolutions, the rise of Attia as Spartacus and maybe a reunion? Because I ended this book crying...





About the author:

C.V. Wyk is the author of BLOOD AND SAND, debuting from Tor Teen in winter 2018. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Wyk now resides on the east coast along with a precocious mini poodle and demanding guinea pig. 

In her not-so-spare time, she enjoys playing MMORPGs, kayaking, coding, hiking, staring listlessly at blank walls, and nursing a totally healthy coffee addiction. 

Find Wyk online at www.cvywyk.com.













The Defiant by Lesley Livingston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads


The darling of the Roman Empire is in for the fight of her life.

Be brave, gladiatrix… And be wary. Once you win Caesar’s love, you’ll earn his enemies’ hate.

Fallon was warned.

Now she is about to pay the price for winning the love of the Roman people as Caesar’s victorious gladiatrix.

In this highly anticipated sequel to THE VALIANT, Fallon and her warrior sisters find themselves thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy, one that will threaten not only Fallon’s heart – and her love for Roman soldier Cai – but the very heart of the ancient Roman Empire.

When dark treachery and vicious power struggles threaten her hard-won freedom, the only thing that might help the girl known as Victrix save herself and her sisters is a tribe of long-forgotten mythic Amazon warriors.

The only trouble is, they might just kill her themselves first.




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REVIEW

My wonderful group of gladiatrix returns! I really enjoyed the sequel of "The Valiant" with the action, the romance and the mystery! Fallon is the star gladiatrix of her ludus with her sister and her fellow warriors ready to enjoy a life of freedom. But when folly forces them to escape, followed by Cai and his friend Quintus, they will discover a plan to even overthrow Ceasar himself.

With cameo appearances of Cleopatra, sea travel to an island of 'Amazons' and lots of time to have banter, romantic declarations and even some funny times, this book became one of my favorites in January! Not to mention that the battle scenes were movie worthy!







About the author:

LESLEY LIVINGSTON is a writer living in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of twelve books to date. Her first novel, WONDROUS STRANGE, was winner of the CLA Young Adult Book of the Year 2010, a White Pine Honour Book, shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Speculative Fiction, and in 2015 was named one of CBC’s “100 YA Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian”. DARKLIGHT, the second book in this series was a finalist for the Indigo Teen Read Awards. The concluding volume in the trilogy, TEMPESTUOUS, was a finalist for the Monica Hughes Award. These books have sold to more than ten countries to date, and WONDROUS STRANGE has been optioned for film/TV by Shaftesbury Films. Her other trilogies have both won the Copper Cylinder award for Young Adult fiction.
In addition to her books for teen readers, Lesley is also co-author of a Middle Grade series with Jonathan Llyr called THE WIGGINS WEIRD. The first book, HOW TO CURSE IN HIEROGLYPHICS was shortlisted for the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award and was longlisted for the Canadian Booksellers Association’s Young Readers Book of the Year award. It was also chosen as one of the selections for the 2016 First Book Canada All-Star Reading Challenge.
Lesley’s newest novel is a YA historical epic, THE VALIANT, which will be published in February 2017 by Penguin Razorbill (US) and HarperCollins (CAN) and tells the story of a 17-year-old girl’s journey from fierce Celtic princess to female gladiator and the darling of the Roman Empire.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read


This meme is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday #137: This is going to be an embarassing list because many of the books in this list are quite known yet I never had the chance, or the motivation to read them!