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I Love These Characters & This World! – Blackveil {Review}

Posted July 4, 2016 in Reading, Review / 4 Comments

I Love These Characters & This World! – Blackveil {Review}Blackveil by Kristen Britain
Series: Green Rider #4
Publisher: Daw (2010)
Paperback (672 pages)
Rating:
Also by this author: Green Rider, First Rider's Call, The High King's Tomb
Also in this series: Green Rider, First Rider's Call, The High King's Tomb
Reading Challenges: 2016 Backlist Books, 2016 Re-Reading, 2016 Royal Challenge, Read 2016

Synopsis

Once a simple student, Karigan G'ladheon finds herself in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand when she becomes a legendary Green Rider-one of the magical messengers of the king. Forced by magic to accept a dangerous fate she would never have chosen, headstrong Karigan has become completely devoted to the king and her fellow Riders.
But now, an insurrection led by dark magicians threatens to break the boundaries of ancient, evil Blackveil Forest-releasing powerful dark magics that have been shut away for a millennium.

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Historical Retelling of Vlad Dracula as a Girl – And I Darken {Review}

Posted June 27, 2016 in Reading, Review / 4 Comments

Historical Retelling of Vlad Dracula as a Girl – And I Darken {Review}And I Darken by Kiersten White
Series: The Conquerors Saga #1
Publisher: Delacorte Press (2016 - June 28)
eARC (496 pages)
Via: NetGalley
Rating:
Reading Challenges: 2016 Retelling Challenge, 2016 Royal Challenge, Read 2016

Synopsis

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.
And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.
From
New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken.

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My Top 3 Uses for Felix Felicis from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Posted June 16, 2016 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

My Top 3 Uses for Felix Felicis from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J K Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #6
Publisher: Scholastic (2005)
Hardcover (652 pages)
Rating:
Also by this author: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Also in this series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Reading Challenges: 2016 Backlist Books, 2016 Re-Reading, Read 2016

Synopsis

The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.
And yet...
As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate — and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.
So it's the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here are Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort — and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.

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Oh. My. Goodness! Sheer AMAZING-NESS here! – Heir of Fire {Review}

Posted June 13, 2016 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

Oh. My. Goodness! Sheer AMAZING-NESS here! – Heir of Fire {Review}Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Publisher: Bloomsbury (2014)
Paperback (562 pages)
Rating:
Also by this author: Throne of Glass, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Crown of Midnight
Also in this series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Queen of Shadows
Reading Challenges: 2016 Royal Challenge, Read 2016

Synopsis

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.
Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth...a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.
Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.
The king's assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the
New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

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An Amazing Start to a New Series – Risuko {Review & Blog Tour}

Posted June 6, 2016 in Reading, Review / 4 Comments

An Amazing Start to a New Series – Risuko {Review & Blog Tour}Risuko by David Kudler
Series: Seasons of the Sword #1
Publisher: Stillpoint Digital Press (2016 - June 15)
eARC (230 pages)
Via: NetGalley
Rating:
Reading Challenges: Read 2016

Synopsis

Can one girl win a war?
My name is Kano Murasaki, but most people call me Risuko. Squirrel.
I am from Serenity Province, though I was not born there.
My nation has been at war for a hundred years, Serenity is under attack, my family is in disgrace, but some people think that I can bring victory. That I can be a very special kind of woman.
All I want to do is climb.
My name is Kano Murasaki, but everyone calls me Squirrel.
Risuko.
Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees. Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, the fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan -- or may destroy it. She is torn from her home and what is left of her family, but finds new friends at a school that may not be what it seems.
Magical but historical, Risuko follows her along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.
Kano Murasaki, called Risuko (Squirrel) is a young, fatherless girl, more comfortable climbing trees than down on the ground. Yet she finds herself enmeshed in a game where the board is the whole nation of Japan, where the pieces are armies, moved by scheming lords, and a single girl couldn't possibly have the power to change the outcome. Or could she?
Historical adventure fiction appropriate for young adult and middle-grade readers.

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