Book reviews are the main feature of most book blogs. Book reviews can make or break a book. And everyone has a different system for reviews and ratings.
Book reviews are the main feature of most book blogs. Book reviews can make or break a book. And everyone has a different system for reviews and ratings.
The Knight (R. Caine High School #2)
by Victora Danann
Release Date: April 26th 2017
dba 7th House, Imprint of Andromeda LLC
Jean Marre’s recent life has been one big surprise right after another. First his family moved to SoCal from a remote French Canadian town. Then he began feeling a strange compulsion to watch over a smart little blonde named Ever Moore. In fact he found himself restless, distracted, and uncomfortable if she wasn’t around.
Before there was time to adjust to any of that, he was informed that his parents were going to South Africa for a few months and leaving him with his mother’s friend, who happened to be Ever’s mother.
Life just couldn’t get stranger.
Or could it?
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Jean Marre folded himself into the front passenger seat of Ever’s car to ride to school. For the entire fifteen minutes it took to get there, neither said one word to the other. That did not, however, mean that they didn’t dork with each other all the way there.
Jean Marre’s opening shot was to change her satellite radio to a different channel. Hair Band Nation. She gaped at him for a full four seconds when her eyes should have been on the road before punching the number one button to return to Sounds of the SuperNow. He stared at her blankly for a matching four seconds then, without taking his gaze away from her or changing expression, reached over and pushed the button to return to “last played”. Hair Band Nation.
After three more volleys, Ever turned the radio off with a snarl. When Jean Marre started to reach for it, she gave him a look that froze his hand midair. He withdrew the offending appendage, but the challenge Ever offered with her look brought a gleam of amusement to his eyes.
He did not touch the radio again.
Instead he rolled down his window which, of course, threatened to make a beachy wreck of her hair. She rolled it back up. He rolled it down. She rolled it back up and, with a sneer of victory, pushed the child lock into place before he could do it again. His bark of laughter surprised her and, if she was being perfectly honest, pleased her.
She was not being perfectly honest. He had a nice laugh, but she was not ready to give him any concession.
She pulled into her assigned parking space, which was located in the remotest region of Mongolia because she was a sophomore, got out, and started walking without looking back. It was a hike, but at least she could bring a car, unlike freshmen.
Halfway there she looked over her shoulder. Jean Marre was about twenty feet behind her. “Don’t worry about me.” He grinned. “I like the view from here.”
Understanding the implication, Ever sped up, which made Jean Marre laugh loud enough for her to hear. The boy seemed to revel in being exasperating. That realization caused Ever to think she needed to reform her approach to Jean Marre. Perhaps she needed to think in terms of opposite world, since everything she did rendered the reverse of a desired effect.
She stopped, got control of her breathing, waited for him to catch up then fell in at the same pace. She would never admit that they were walking together. Only that they were moving toward the same place at the same time at the same speed. Together.
When he said, “Excellent choice,” she knew it was his snidely quiet way of letting her know she’d been manipulated. By a boy who didn’t even want to go to college. He could not be more irritating if he tried. For all she knew, he was trying to get under her skin.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Victoria Danann, is the author of sixteen romances, paranormal and contemporary.
Her Knights of Black Swan series won BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES THREE YEARS IN A ROW. 2013,2014,2015 – Reviewers Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild.
Victoria’s paranormal romances come with uniquely fresh perspectives on “imaginary” creatures, characters, and themes. She adds a dash of scifi, a flourish of fantasy, enough humor to make you laugh out loud, and enough steam to make you squirm in your chair. Her heroines are independent femmes with flaws and minds of their own whether they are aliens, witches, demonologists, psychics, past life therapists, or financial analysts from Dallas. Her heroes are hot and hunky, but they also have brains, character, and good manners – usually – whether they be elves, demons, berserkers, werewolves, or vampires.
The first book of the Knights of Black Swan Paranormal Romance Series, My Familiar Stranger, was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance of 2012 by both Reviewers’ Choice and Readers’ Choice Awards. All of her books have opened on the Amazon Best Sellers list and earned Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK awards. Many have appeared on Listopia BOOK OF THE MONTH as #1 across all genres.
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April 26th: Authors You Want to Read More From
–Talk about some authors that you’ve only read one or a few books from, and you NEED to read more!
(In no particular order)
I LOVE Cassandra Clare’s books. I’ve read all three Infernal Devices, The Bane Chronicles, and the first 5 Mortal Instruments.
I have yet to finish City of Heavenly Fire, Tales of Shadowhunter Academy, or start Dark Artifices (despite owning two copies of Lady Midnight and preordering Lord of Shadows).
This is a problem that I need to rectify.
I’ve read MOST of rick’s books, so its not “just a few”. I am however, drastically behind.
I’ve read all the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books.
I’ve read The Red Pyramid.
I haven’t finished The Kane Chronicles, The Greek Gods/Heroes books, or even started Magnus Chase OR Trials of Apollo. Despite owning the hardcovers.
I have read Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Both because my best friend thrust them at me for long car trips.
But thats it. Haven’t continued. And the only Maas book I own is A Court of Mist and Fury (signed!).
My best friend is ready to murder me.
These next two are slightly cheating.
I haven’t really read a book by Random Riggs yet. But he’s here, because I saw the Miss Peregrine’s movie and LOVED it. I also own the boxset of the trilogy and I need to, like, get to it.
Also slightly cheating as I haven’t really read a book by Leigh Bardugo. Though I have read her short story from Summer Days and Summer Nights.
I have a signed Six of Crows sticker – which means of course I am in dire need of a copy. And her books sound right up my ally (thieves? I’m a sucker for. Epic fantasy with a villainous love interest? YES PLEASE YES!).
What do you think?
Are any of you in the same boat as me?
What authors do you need to read more of?
Are any of these your favorites?
Let me know!
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases you’re dying for!
Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.
Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.
But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.
When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?
I read and loved To All The Boys I Loved Before back when i first came out.
And I only recently got my hands on PS I Still Love You, but haven’t gotten to it yet.
I am still psyched for this – YA contemporaries with more than one book are rare and this series is SO GOOD.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Anyone can participate and its a lot of fun, so I highly encourage it!
Let me know if you’re a part too!
April 25: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book (topic originally done back in 2013) — tell us all your book turn offs!
Especially if they point out particularly problematic themes or are by a reviewer I respect.
Why is this a thing? its cringe-y and weird. Its more a thing in TV, I’ve never seen it in a book but just…no. Just no.
Sometimes romance its entirely unnecessary to the book it and feels so forced its unenjoyable. And sex scenes just make me uncomfortable.
Some covers just don’t even merit a second glance to read the synopsis they’re that bad. Like Generic people looking off the distance stock photos etc.
I dislike adult romance and horror generally. And I’m particularly picky with mysteries and adult fiction in general.
Most YA books can be found online somewhere or another for $11-$16, or at the library etc. If I can’t find it anywhere for under standard price of $17, its probably not getting read. Unless its a special case like signed/collector’s edition.
When they is scandal involving the author – at least in modern day – being rude to fans, homophobic, racist etc. it makes me not want to support their work.
If terrible parents is a focus of the plot, then go for it! If thats the story you’re telling then tell it. But if its a YA novel, having terrible parents mentioned offhand one or twice and never again is just lazy. Especially so in contemporary!
Sometimes when writing in a certain genre, some elements remain similar. I’m alright with that. Certain tropes – many of which I in fact enjoy – come with certain plot lines. But when a book I’m looking at seems nearly identical to another, I’m put of reading it. Example, on netgalley I think i’ve seen three books up for request on the “speech/gestures are now copyrighted” theme and why? They don’t seem to have any differences.
I can deal with an awkward or jerk MC if they are meant to be that way. If its a part of the plot. But sometimes MCs act so astoundingly stupid/awkward/terrible I have to put the book down because I cannot cope with such idiocy.
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Title: BLOOD ROAD
Author: Amanda McCrina
Pub. Date: April 25, 2017
Format: Paperback, eBook
Nineteen-year-old Torien Risto has seen dissidents dealt with before. He knows the young local girl who just knifed him will hang for assaulting an Imperial officer, unless he can stop it.
Someone inside the provincial government is kidnapping Imperial citizens and selling them across the desert to the salt mines, silencing anyone who tries to intervene. The girl’s brother is one of those who has been taken. Rejected by the corrupt courts, she’s waging a personal war against the Empire.
Determined to save her life, Torien sets out in search of answers on the Salt Road, the ancient trade route running deep into the heart of a desert—territory claimed by the hostile Mayaso tribe.
Now, Torien is no longer sure where his own loyalty lies, or how far he will go to break the cycle of tyranny, political bullying, and social injustice in an empire that seals its borders in blood.
Amanda McCrina has studied in Italy, taught English in Japan, and currently tutors Latin in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA in History from the University of West Georgia, and is now pursuing her MA. She writes stories that incorporate her love of history, languages, and world travel. She drinks far too much coffee and dreams of one day having a winning fantasy-hockey season.
He touched her arm. She tensed but did not move away. He took off his glove and traced her cheekbone with two fingers, brushing the tears from her cheek. She drew a shivering breath. He turned her head and held it between his hands and brushed the tears from her eyelashes with his thumbs. She stood very still and silently while he did it, her eyes closed, her lips tight. He bent his head and buried his face in her black hair—and she slipped in suddenly under his arms, looping her arms around his neck, resting her cheek on his chest. Then she twisted against him, tilting her head back to look up in his face. “It’s no good,” she said. “I can’t feel your heart beat.”
“It’s the plums. I think I’ve suffocated.”
She laughed. He felt it echo through her body. He felt her muscles loosen. Her breath was warm on his neck. “If that’s all,” she said.
They sat below the boundary wall. She unbuckled his helmet and cuirass and held the cuirass for him while he shrugged it off. She sat against him with her knees folded up on his lap, her shoulders under the curve of his arm. She unlaced his jerkin and bent her ear to his chest. “Better,” she said. “And this—just to be sure.” She leaned into him and pressed her lips gently to the pulse in his
He kissed her. He sat up from the wall, cupping her head in his hands, and he bent his face to hers and kissed her lips, her eyelids, her forehead; he lifted her chin with his fingers and kissed the hollow at the base of her throat. Her arms were around his neck and her cheek against his and her tears running on his face. He tried to lift her to look at her. She shook her head. Her lips brushed his ear. “Don’t,” she said. Her voice was thick. So he put his arms around her waist and held her, his head and shoulders braced against the sun-warmed stones of the boundary wall, his chin on her shoulder, and he listened with his eyes closed while she cried.
He opened his eyes at the smell of wood smoke. They were smoking the hives over in the bee field. Over Ceno’s shoulder, he watched the smoke trail away southward toward the city. He could see the Hill just visible above the pines in the hazy distance, the Palace and Senate buildings in delicate white-marble miniature—and the moment shattered against it, and there was nothing but Tasso, and the orders in his saddlebag, and the cavalry column mustered and awaiting his command on the parade ground at Vione.
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I’m Icebreaker694 and I’m currently hacking on this blog to bring you… YA Books Around the World一a list.
(I’m not really hacking, I don’t even know how. ) I’ve compiled a list of YA books that take place in different countries/continents around the world. If you like any of the books seen today, I hope you go to check them out!
Also give the owner of this site a follow while you’re at it.
It’s a good place to start.
The Girl at Midnight
Here is a book for all yo u fantasy lovers. A bit of T he Girl at Midnight takes place in New York City, but Echo travels to a few other countries around the world (I can’t remember them at the moment, I don’t have the physical copy with me).
The Sun Is Also a Star
The Sun Is Also a Star is a favorite of mine. It also takes place in New York City, but you get to wander the city a bit more as Natasha and Daniel adventure together to make most of their only day together.
The Crown’s Game
Here is another fantasy book for those who enjoy reading about magic. T he Crown’s Game takes place in Russia around a Victorian time period.
Black Widow: Forever Red
About half of this book takes place in the US (New York City and Philadelphia) but the other half takes place in Russia (I don’t know how many cities Ava visits but I distinctly remember Scandinavia and Moscow. Correct me if I’m wrong.)
I’ve brought in Cassandra Clare’s TID series again! C lockwork Angel and the rest of the trilogy take place in a Victorian period in London. Which is my favorite period of all time to read about.
Lock & Mori
Lock & Mori take place in a modern day London, but with a modern Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty. For those who like contemporary Sherlock stories, this may be a book you might want to check out. The sequel is also available now.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
This book takes place in 1940 in an island off the coast of Wales. Of course a majority of this book is purely fiction, it’s still a great book to check out.
That’s it for today, I’m sorry I didn’t get to cover many other countries. If you know of any books that I haven’t mentioned you can comment here or on my site: Icebreaker694. Also be sure to follow this site hosted by Sam! And also I’d like to thank her for having me on once again. Bye!
Original Release Date:
May 17th 2016
Date I Read The Book:
My Star Rating:
Maguire is bad luck.
No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the rollercoaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.
It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid meeting new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away is harder than she thought.
From author Paula Stokes comes a funny and poignant novel about accepting the past, embracing the future, and learning to make your own luck.
My Review: (Vague Spoilers)
Maguire’s story gave me anxiety – and I kind of came into it expecting a supernatural vibe – that she really is bad luck – but its a PTSD-related contemporary and I have to say I enjoyed it as that more than I thought.
If memory serves, they don’t outright say PTSD – but it seemed very strongly like what it was portraying. I liked that they showed the steps of the recovery process, little and big, and that back-sliding was more or less inevitable but help was not weakness. And that a boy couldn’t fix her problems. She isn’t cured but working towards recovery which was kore honest than most mental illness contemporaries.
I liked the sports aspect – mostly because it required absolutely no understanding of tennis.
The romance was cute and a slow burn. And I loved all the character inter-actions and their growth through out the story. Especially Maguire’s improving relationship with her step-dad.
It was a great story, well written and with a great portrayal of PTSD without brushing off symptoms for the sake of the romance or stereotypes.
by D.S. Murphy
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Mermaids
Release Date: January 26th 2017
They found the dead girl on my birthday.
And I’m not entirely sure that her killer isn’t the boy I just tried to kiss.
The longer I spend in Ireland, the deeper my life seems to unravel. Whisperings of a dark secret that caused my mother to flee from her homeland. Run-ins with a pair of undeniably handsome and strangely mysterious guys. A sleep-walking adventure that nearly got me killed. The nearness of the moon and the ocean would be almost romantic, if I wasn’t being hunted for powers I didn’t know I possessed.
Not everything in mythology is just a story.
Not every fairy-tale is harmless.
Magic is very, very real… but so are the monsters from your worst nightmares.
Now I’m being chased by immortals, hunted by wizards, and forced to pick sides in a supernatural war I want no part of.
I might be the only one who can stop it.
But it will mean giving up the one thing my heart can’t bear to lose.
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I wrote my MA thesis on Harry Potter and am working on my PhD in literature, while secretly writing YA fantasy novels and designing book covers. I blog about self-publishing, book design and book marketing, and am renting a castle for Nanowrimo 2016. I hope you like my writing!
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I asked around for guest posts in February, and one idea I got from lovely blogger Icebreaker694 was to interview each other.
We asked each other 11 questions are are answering them Q&A style.
Here are the 11 she asked me with my answers, and you can check out her’s over at her blog!
What was the earliest book you’ve ever read (childhood books included)?
My dad read me The Princess Bride. If you meant read on my own…I loved the Biscuit the puppy books.
Did your view of reading books change as you got older?
I guess? I didn’t really love the idea of reading when I was 5/6, it felt like school. But I feel in love with reading young, at 7/8 when I read Harry Potter.
What was the earliest Young Adult book you’ve read?
Harry Potter, that counts as YA right? I read Twilight and A Series of Unfortunate Events around that time too, age 8/9.
Are there any books you don’t get tired of rereading?
You could really just look at the above answers. And include Rick Riordan.
When you write, what kind of genre do you tend to write about?
I write YA, since its my demographic, and my only serious idea right now is a Science-fiction book.
Have you ever done a reading challenge?
I do the Goodreads challenge every year!
If so, then what was it?
What is your favorite adult book you’ve read?
I loved My Sister’s Keeper and The Time Traveller’s Wife. This is Where I Leave You was also pretty good.
What kinds of posts do you enjoy writing the most?
I like discussions, and recommendation lists. I liked writing my study guide posts too. But I don;t write anything I don’t enjoy.
What is your favorite book cover?
This is not a question I am capable of answering.
But Illuminae and Gemina are SUPER GORGEOUS.
Do you have any future plans for your blog?
I want to make new graphics and schedule posts to post on a consistent basis, those are the main ones, though I’m open to any ideas!
That was a lot of fun!
If you guys like the Q&A posts, and want to ask me your own questions, feel free! I’d be glad to do another!