fantasy

Review: Dream Eater by K. Bird Lincoln (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Dream Eater

Author: K. Bird Lincoln

Genre: NA Urban Fantasy

Publication Date: April 4, 2017

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Koi Pierce dreams other peoples’ dreams.

Her whole life she’s avoided other people. Any skin-to-skin contact–a hug from her sister, the hand of a barista at Stumptown coffee–transfers flashes of that person’s most intense dreams. It’s enough to make anyone a hermit.

But Koi’s getting her act together. No matter what, this time she’s going to finish her degree at Portland Community College and get a real life. Of course it’s not going to be that easy. Her father, increasingly disturbed from Altzheimer’s disease, a dream fragment of a dead girl from the casual brush of a creepy PCC professor’s hand, and a mysterious stranger who speaks the same rare Northern Japanese dialect as Koi’s father will force Koi to learn to trust in the help of others, as well as face the truth about herself.

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Review: Never Apart by Romily Bernard (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Never Apart

Author: Romily Bernard

Genre: YA Mystery

Publication Date: October 3, 2017

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through the publisher and NetGalley.

How many times would you die for love?

What if you had to relive the same five days over and over?

And what if at the end of it, your boyfriend is killed…

And you have to watch. Every time.

You don’t know why you’re stuck in this nightmare.

But you do know that these are the rules you now live by:

Wake Up.

Run.

Die.

Repeat.

Now, the only way to escape this loop is to attempt something crazy. Something dangerous. Something completely unexpected. This time…you’re not going to run.

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Wolves and Roses Promo Tour – Get Fun Swag!

Hey everyone! I’ve teamed up with Monster House Books and Christina Bauer to help spread the word about the book tour for Christina’s upcoming book WOLVES AND ROSES! I’ll be sharing my review on this awesome new title later this month, but for now keep reading and find out what you can do to get your hands on some sweet swag!

WOLVES AND ROSES is the new young adult shifter fairy tale by best-selling author Christina Bauer which “blends magical fantasy, swooning romance, and a bucketful of teenage sass” (Booklist) and is “a fun romp for Twilight fans” (School Library Journal).

And now they’re having a bookstore tour where you can get your copy of WOLVES AND ROSES signed, meet characters from the novel, and even take home a swag bag full of goodies… including a themed t-shirt! Bottom line? You don’t want to miss the WOLVES AND ROSES book launch tour.

Be sure to RSVP today and arrive early to the event (links down below) — there’s only a limited amount of swag bags given out on a first-come, first served basis to folks who purchase a new copy of WOLVES AND ROSES.

Tour Dates

BOSTON, MA AREA

Barnes & Noble, Prudential Center, Boston MA
Wednesday, November 1st, 5:00 PM EST
REGISTER NOW

Barnes & Noble, Framingham, MA
Thursday, November 2nd, 7:00 PM EST
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NEW YORK CITY, NY

Bluestockings, Manhattan
Friday, November 3rd, 7:00 PM EST
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA AREA

Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera, CA
Saturday, November 4th, 12:00 NOON PST
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COMING SOON: San Jose, CA

CHICAGO, IL AREA

Barnes & Noble, Oakbrook IL
Wednesday, November 7th, 7:00 PM
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The Book Cellar, Chicago, IL
Wednesday, November 8th, 7:00 PM CST
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Review: Nobody’s Goddess by Amy McNulty (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Nobody’s Goddess

Author: Amy McNulty

Genre: YA Fantasy

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

In a village of masked men, each man is compelled to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. A man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.

Seventeen-year-old Noll’s childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her. She is in fact the goddess of the mysterious lord of the village, a man who refuses to let Noll have her right as a woman to spurn him.

Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman and the magic of man. The stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither Noll nor the veiled lord is willing to lose.

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Cover Reveal: The Portal to Kerberos by Michelle Madow

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Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals 4: The Portal to Kerberos, is the latest installment in Michelle Madow’s exciting Elementals series. Follow Nicole and her fellow Elementals as they journey to a new and dangerous world to save one of their own, battling monsters and trying to keep their sanity in a prison dimension designed to make them lose their minds.

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Currently Reading + Slumps

Hey guys!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “currently reading” update, so I figured we’re about due for one. For once in my life, I’m only reading one book right now. That book would be:

the wrath and the dawn

If you’ve followed me for a while, you’d know that I’m usually reading anywhere from 2 to 5 books at any given time. The truth is, I’m in a bit of a slump. I have a lot going on in my life right now. Some of you may know that I’m getting married in October, so I’ve been planning for that. I’ve also been apartment hunting. I’m still trying to let go of the last of my finals stress also. For whatever reason, I just haven’t wanted to read very much in my free time. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things soon. Does anyone have any good “slump breaking” tips, or just general tips on how to deal with stress? Feel free to share them in the comments! Also, let me know what you’re reading right now! I love hearing what other people are reading and what they think about what they’re reading!

Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (Spoiler Free)

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Title: An Ember in the Ashes

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Genre: YA Fantasy

Number of Pages: 443

My Rating: 5 stars

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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Review: Golden by Melinda Michaels (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Golden

Author: Melinda Michaels

Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling

Number of Pages: 223

My Rating:  5 out 5 stars

I received a free digital copy of this title from the author in exchange for an honest review.

High school senior Hanna Loch just suffered a blackout in front of her entire homeroom class. She hasn’t had one in over ten years, and she’s terrified—the last time she blacked out, she woke up with no memory of her life before. To make matters worse, no one can explain why it happens. For Hanna, bad things tend to come in threes.

And that doesn’t even begin to cover it . . .

When she learns she could be a descendant of someone who lived once upon a time, Hanna must put her trust in William Vann, a descendant of one of the most hated villains ever known. Their histories are intertwined in more ways than she expected, and he has answers about her past, answers even her family won’t share.

But is it safe to put her trust in someone who appears to be danger reincarnate, while trying to escape the darkness that tried to kill her ten years ago?

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Review: Slumber by Christy Sloat (Spoiler Free)

Title: Slumber

Author: Christy Sloat

Genre: YA Fantasy

Number of Pages: 170

My Rating: Four out of five stars.

Not all princesses get their happily ever after…


They tell me I killed my boyfriend Phillip in cold blood. I stabbed him twenty one times. I’m only seventeen years old, and I am serving life in Spindle Ridge Asylum for the Criminally Insane. I don’t remember killing him, so it’s really hard to believe I’m capable of murder. In fact I don’t remember anything before I came to Spindle Ridge, not even my boyfriend. I can only grasp onto my realistic dreams while the madness of the asylum threatens to pull me under. I dream I’m a beautiful princess and there is an evil faerie named Maleficent who is bent on my destruction. The dreams are the closest thing I have to memories of my life, except they aren’t real.
I’m crazy. I’m not a princess. They’re the mad illusions of an irrational teenage girl, right? They’ve assigned me a new doctor, and she says I can trust her, and that she’ll help me see the truth of who I really am.  When she arrived she brought a new patient, Sawyer, who is everything Spindle Ridge isn’t: exciting, mysterious and beautiful. He promises he’s here to rescue me. Trusting either of them frightens me.


Could it be possible that my dreams are more than just the imaginings of a delusional girl? Could they be truth?

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Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Spoiler Free)

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor

Genre: YA Fantasy

Number of Pages: 418

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?”

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