Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Giveaway: The Valiant by Lesley Livingston (ARC)

Win an ARC of The Valiant by Lesley Livingston!
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About: (Goodreads)

The youngest daughter of a proud Celtic king, Fallon has always lived in the shadow of her older sister Sorcha's legendary reputation as a warrior. But when Fallon was a young child, the armies of Julius Caesar invaded the island of Britain and her beloved older sister was killed in battle.

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister's footsteps and earn her rightful place in her father's royal war band. But she never gets the chance. Instead, Fallon is captured by a band of ruthless brigands who sell her to an exclusive training school for female gladiators—and its most influential patron is none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, Fallon's worst enemy, the man who destroyed her family, might be her only hope of survival.

Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, chilling threats and the dangerous attention of Caesar himself to survive the deadly fights that take place both in and out of the arena—and claim her place in history among the Valiant.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kimmerer

Title: Letters to the Lost
Author: Brigid Kimmerer
Pages: 400 
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary 
Publisher: Bloomsbury/Raincoast Books
Release Date: April 4, 2017

Summary (Goodreads) 

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir

Title: A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Pages: 452
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Razorbill, Penguin Random House Canada
Release Date: August 30, 2016
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*Read in 2016*

Summary: (Goodreads)

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.
 


Review:

I just don't know what to say after finishing the sequel to one of my favorite debut novels of 2015. Sabaa Tahir's writing was intoxicating and just pulled me in. The story just got better and better! I'm already want the next book in my hands!! Sabaa, the sequel was brilliant! There are still so many unanswered questions! As you can see I was not disappointed!

There was so many twists that I was on the edge of my seat! I am so glad there are two more books in the series. Laia and Elias have such great chemistry, and even getting to know Helene more. This world is so unique that you will start imagining you are there with the characters but this world is very cruel and more terrifying. During one part I was in total shock (not giving it away!) But there were moments that I was smiling. If you haven't picked up this series yet you have to head to the bookstore immediately! The plot and character development were great to see and no one will see that plot twist!

Overall, A Torch Against the Night was so magnificent that it was even better then Ember. I am surely invested in this series. The writing is amazing, but every single thing in the book was amazing! Let the waiting begin!

5/5

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh

Title: Flame in the Mist 
Author: Renee Ahdieh 
Pages: 368
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Putnam's Sons Books for Young/Penguin Random House Canada
Release Date: May 16, 2017

Summary (Goodreads) 

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known.


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