Happy Book Birthday To… (#28)

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“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


The Hate U Give

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Author: Angie Thomas

Series: N/A

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 464

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

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Daughter of the Pirate King

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Author: Tricia Levenseller

Series: Daughter of the Pirate King #1

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 320

Synopsis: A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

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Are either of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

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Friday Finds #36

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Shown below are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads in the last few weeks!


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What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!

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Book Traveling Thursdays #11

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Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme hosted by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Each week there is a different theme and you must pick a book that goes along with that theme. Once you have a book in mind, your post will be centered around the different covers of that particular book. Firstly, you should explain why you think the book you picked goes with the theme. Then you will show the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover. For more information, check out the Goodreads group.

Since the Oscars is coming up soon, this week’s theme is to choose a book that you would like to see as a movie. Sometimes with books, I think they’re better as books. But other times, I read a book and could easily see it as a movie. For this post, I’m going to have to go with Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I think there was some talk about this book becoming a movie but I’m not sure what’s happening with that. Either way, it would make a great movie!


Original Cover / My Country’s Cover

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Favorite Cover

Ready Player One

My favorite cover is most definitely the first US paperback edition. I really liked how it showed the trailers stacked on top of each other! When this was described in the book, it was hard for me to picture it (I had the original hardcover from the library) so when I saw this cover, it made a lot more sense!

Least Favorite Cover

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Until I started this post, I had no idea how many editions of this book there actually were! According to Goodreads, there are 93 editions! I didn’t look at all of them but out of the ones I looked at, this one is definitely my least favorite. It’s the Turkish edition and I just really don’t like it at all!


What book do you wish would be turned into a movie? Comment down below and/or link me to your Book Traveling Thursdays post for this week!

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#27)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


A Conjuring of Light

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Author: V.E. Schwab

Series: Shades of Magic #3

Publisher: Tor Books

Genre: Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 592

Synopsis: The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab.

London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.

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Dreamland Burning

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Author: Jennifer Latham

Series: N/A

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Pages: 365

Synopsis: When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past… and the present.

Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what’s right the night Tulsa burns.

Through intricately interwoven alternating perspectives, Jennifer Latham’s lightning-paced page-turner brings the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to blazing life and raises important question about the complex state of US race relations – both yesterday and today.

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Long May She Reign

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Author: Rhiannon Thomas

Series: N/A

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 432

Synopsis: 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.

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The Dragon’s Price

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Author: Bethany Wiggins

Series: Transference #1

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 304

Synopsis: When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon.

Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying.

As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . .

If the dragon wins, it will be freed from the spell that has bound it to the cave for centuries. If Sorrow or Golmarr vanquish the dragon, the victor will gain its treasure and escape the cave beneath the mountain. But what exactly is the dragon hiding?

There are no safe havens for Sorrow or Golmarr—not even with each other—and the stakes couldn’t be higher as they risk everything to protect their kingdom.

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Are any of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one(s) are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Liked More or Less Than I Thought I Would

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which you give ten answers to the topic for the week. To find a list of upcoming topics, go here. This week’s topic is “Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would.” Instead of doing 10 books for one of the prompts, I’ve decided to do 5 books for each! The following lists are in no particular order.


Books I Liked More Than I Thought I Would:

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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My Rating: 4.5 stars

2. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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My Rating: 4 stars

3. Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

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My Rating: 4 stars

4. Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

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My Rating: 4 stars

5. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

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My Rating: 4.5 stars


Books I Liked Less Than I Thought I Would:

1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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My Rating: None; DNF

2. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

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My Rating: 3.5 stars

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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My Rating: 2.5 stars

4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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My Rating: 3.5 stars

5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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My Rating: 3.5 stars


Are there any books you liked more or less than you thought you would? Let me know down in the comments or link me to your Top Ten Tuesday post for this week!

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Review: Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen

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Series: Bound by Blood and Sand #1

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publication Date: October 11, 2016

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Pages: 310

Synopsis: Jae is a slave in a dying desert world.

Once verdant with water from a magical Well, the land is drying up, and no one remembers the magic needed to keep the water flowing. If a new source isn’t found soon, the people will perish. Jae doesn’t mind, in a way. By law, she is bound by a curse to obey every order given her, no matter how vile. At least in death, she’ll be free.

Elan’s family rules the fading realm. He comes to the estate where Jae works, searching for the hidden magic needed to replenish the Well, but it’s Jae who finds it, and she who must wield it. Desperate to save his realm, Elan begs her to use it to locate the Well.

But why would a slave—abused, beaten, and treated as less than human—want to save the system that shackles her? Jae would rather see the world burn.

Though revenge clouds her vision, she agrees to help if the realm’s slaves are freed. Then Elan’s father arrives. The ruler’s cruelty knows no limits. He is determined that the class system will not change—and that Jae will remain a slave forever.

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Wow this book was really enjoyable! I believe I first heard of this book before it was published and put it on my Goodreads TBR but then had forgotten about it by the time it was published. I’m surprised I haven’t seen too much talk of it in the book community because it was a good book! I’m glad I picked it up on a whim while at the library.

Here’s a little background info on the story: In this book, there is a group of people called the Closest. The Closest are forced to obey every command given to them by the group of people called the Avowed. Basically, they’re slaves that are treated extremely poorly. It is believed that the Closest’s ancestors started a war against the group of people called The Highest and The Highest cursed the Closest because of it. The story follows Jae, a Closest girl who lives in a town on the outskirts of civilization. This town has been in a drought for quite some time and The Highest are planning to move the Avowed living in the town elsewhere while leaving the Closest behind to die. One day Jae accidentally taps into magic that was put into a fountain on the property by one of her ancestors generations ago. After discovering this magic, Jae begins to learn the truth about what really happened between the Closest and The Highest in the past and how she can use this new found magic to save her people.

As I said before, I really enjoyed this book. I especially liked all of the magical aspects. It was similar to magic in other books in that it was elemental magic, but I think it was pretty unique as well! I loved learning more and more about the magic, its history, and what Jae could do with it.

I wasn’t able to rate this book 4 stars or higher mostly because of the fact that I wasn’t completely connecting with all of the characters. I liked Jae and her brother, Tal, but I wasn’t totally sold on Elan (the son of one of The Highest). I understand that he was brought up thinking a certain way and while he wasn’t horrible to Jae in the beginning, he still was pretty condescending. Elan ends up redeeming himself throughout the later parts of the book, but he still rubbed me the wrong way in the beginning.

I must also note that there was no romance in this book! That’s something you don’t usually find in YA. I was waiting for Jae and Elan to start falling for each other, but they didn’t. There’s always a possibility of it in the next book, but I’m so glad there was nothing like that in this book! I just think it would have taken away from the rest of the story and been unrealistic as well.

Bottom Line: While this book wasn’t perfect, I still really enjoying reading it. I’m looking forward to seeing how the story wraps up in the next book!

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WWW Wednesday #5

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words (previously hosted by Should Be Reading) where you answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I haven’t participated in this meme in a really long time (since October 14, 2015 to be exact). I thought it was about time I made another one of these posts!


Currently Reading

The Bronze Key

I started reading this book technically yesterday at about 1:30 in the morning when I couldn’t sleep. I ended up reading about 35 pages of it before deciding to read some of another book. I ended up reading nothing but that other book yesterday so I’m only on page 70 of The Bronze Key. I hope to finish it today since it’s a very short book!

Recently Finished

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So far this week, I’ve completed 2 books! That’s almost as many books as I read in the whole of January and we’re only half way through this week! I hope to finish at least 2 more books this week. The first book I read, A Darker Shade of Magic, was actually a reread for me. I first read the book and its sequel, A Gathering of Shadows, last year. Since the final book in the trilogy is coming out on the 21st, I’ve decided to reread the first two books to refresh my memory! I absolutely loved rereading A Darker Shade of Magic. It was even better than I remembered it and I ended up raising my original rating of 4 stars up to 4.5 stars!

The next book I completed, Some Kind of Happiness, was the second book I started early yesterday morning when I couldn’t sleep. I ended up reading about 30 pages before I got too tired to continue. I picked it up again later in the day yesterday and was planning to read until page 100 before stopping and reading more of The Bronze Key when I realized I didn’t want to stop reading it at all! It was so, so good. I ended up finishing it around 11:45 pm and as you can tell by my rating, I absolutely loved it!

Planning to Read Next

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These two books I know I want to read sometime soon, but I’m not sure exactly when I’m going to read them. My preorder of A Conjuring of Light is supposed to arrive on the 27th and I want to reread A Gathering of Shadows immediately before A Conjuring of Light so I’m not really sure what I’ll read in the meantime. Maybe one of the books I have out from the library or maybe one of the books I own. I have no idea! I’ll have to see what I’m in the mood for once I finish my current read!


What book(s) are you currently reading? What book(s) have you recently finished? What book(s) are you planning to read next? Let me know in the comments or link me to your WWW Wednesday post!

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Hamilton Book Tag

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Hey everyone! I’m here today with an extremely fun book tag! Like millions of others, I’m super obsessed with the musical Hamilton. When I came across this book tag (original video here), I just knew I had to do it! Apart from the Try a Chapter tag I did last month, I haven’t done a lot of tags recently. So I figured now was the perfect time to do the tag. Let’s get started!


The Questions:

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My answer for this one is an answer I’m sure many people have said and it’s a bit predictable, but I have to say it anyway: Harry Potter. I just love this world so much!! It’s so amazing and magical and I would just love to explore it! Of course, I would love to be there during the happy times – NOT when Voldemort is there.

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Even though this question asks for one underrated female character, I’m going to give you three (just like there are three Schuyler sisters)! The first female character I find very underrated is Elli from The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine. Elli is always looking out for other people and is always concerned about their needs over her own. She is kind, giving, and extremely determined. I really, really admire Elli and wish others talked about her more! The second female character I think is underrated is Yael from the Wolf by Wolf duology by Ryan Graudin. Yael has seriously been through so much yet she continues to fight for her life and for the lives of others. She, like Elli, is very determined and strong. Also, she’s a skinshifter. How awesome is that?! Lastly, the third female character I think is underrated is Amara from the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes. Now I don’t 100% love Amara, but she’s one of those characters you aren’t necessarily supposed to like. She’s pretty ruthless and makes some really harsh decisions, but she’s just one of those characters I can’t help but admire. Amara grew up truly in a man’s world – her father is the leader of an empire where men are allowed to have their daughters killed at birth. After Amara survived what should have been her drowning, she has always had to keep her guard up and try to prove her strength and her worth to her father and to the world.

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I could say Amara from the Falling Kingdoms series for this one as well, but I’m trying my hardest to not repeat answers! Instead, I’ll have to go with Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles series. Now, Queen Levana isn’t someone we want to have this trait. This is because most of the time, the things she wants are usually very bad for others. While I have some admiration for Amara, a morally ambiguous character, I have none for Queen Levana.

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I have SO many different answers for this one (mostly people from Harry Potter)! However, I’m going to go with the person who died in Crooked Kingdom. I’m not going to say who so I don’t spoil anyone, but if you’ve read the book you know who I’m talking about! Why, Leigh Bardugo, why did you have to kill that person???

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Um, yeah. I’m definitely going to have to go with the person who died in Crooked Kingdom and the person they were in a relationship with. The scene where the person died and they said those things to their loved one just completely broke my heart!! I read Crooked Kingdom 4 months ago and I’m STILL not over that scene.

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For some reason, I’m completely blanking on this one. I know for a fact I’ve read books with sassy villains in them but I can’t think of a single one right now!

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I absolutely love when books have plot twists! There are multiple books I can think of but I’m going to have to go with the twist in More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. I was finding the book pretty boring until BAM! That plot twist hit. It was so good and after being confused for a little bit, everything made a lot more sense!

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I love marathoning series! It’s so great to be able to go from one book in a series to another without having to wait a year or so in between. Especially when a book ends in a cliffhanger! One series that I practically marathoned (I did read a couple other books in between) was the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. This is a spin-off/continuation series of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and I loved it so much!!

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Once upon a time, I didn’t care for books with multiple POVs – or even two POVs. Wow, how things have changed! Instead of naming just one book for this one, I’m going to have to go with a series. The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan features a multitude of POVs throughout the five books. The different POVs really allow us to get to know each character better than if the books were told in only one POV. I know I said I was going to try not use the same answer for multiple questions, but this series truly shows the benefits of having multiple POVs in a book!

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Oops, here I go repeating an answer again. But I HAVE to do it. My answer for this one is 100% the Harry Potter series. It has been 10 years since the last book in the series was released and the love people have for the series has not diminished at all! I truly believe this will be a series that will be remembered a long time from now!


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Happy Book Birthday To… (#26)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Traveler

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Author: L.E. DeLano

Series: Traveler #1

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Pages: 352

Synopsis: Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles…Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live.

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Empress of a Thousand Skies

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Author: Rhoda Belleza

Series: N/A

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 344

Synopsis: Crown Princess Rhiannon, known as Rhee, has deadly accuracy with a blade and a thirst for vengeance. After her family perished in a suspicious spacecraft accident when she was just a child, Rhee grew up in exile while a corrupt government ruled in her stead.

Now, Rhee has finally come of age to claim her title as Empress…and to avenge her family. But on the eve of her coronation, Rhee is brutally attacked by a government assassin and only narrowly escapes with her life. Without knowing who she can trust, Rhee goes into hiding, relying only on her sharp instincts and her trusty blade to survive.

Across the galaxy, pilot Alyosha has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the popular star of a reality holo-vision show. But when Aly is framed for the attack on Rhee, he goes from celebrity to fugitive in an instant. On the run from the formidable UniForce army, Aly knows that his only hope is to find the princess and clear his name. Thrown together by an act of violence, Rhee and Aly eventually discover the attack is just one part of a larger plan with devastating, far-reaching consequences for the entire galaxy.

Debut author Rhoda Belleza has crafted an exhilarating, page-turning saga with cinematic scope, impossibly high stakes, and two unforgettable characters fighting to save their own lives and the fate of the universe.

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Wintersong

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Author: S. Jae-Jones

Series: N/A

Publisher: Thomas Dunne

Genre: Young Adult, Retellings, Fantasy

Pages: 448

Synopsis: All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

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Are any of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one(s) are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

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Friday Finds #35

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Shown below are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads in the last few weeks!


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What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!

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