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{Arc Review} Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Book Summary:
In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.
But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.
As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

My Review:

I did liked the story idea of this book. The cover is also pretty looking. I did like some of the characters in the book.

I like Amani in the book. Thought she was brave to stand in for the princess. Also thought she was foolish at time like for falling in love with the prince, while her life was on the line. How long can Amani last on pretending to a princess?

Thought the book was a slow pace read to me. It could have been action packed but it’s just me. If you guys love slow pace read then you might enjoy it. If your unsure to read the book then try it out at the library. The ending did make me a little curious on what happens next. This book comes out next week the 28th.

Happy Reading!

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{Arc Review} A Touch Of Gold by Annie Sullivan

Book Summary:
King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.
Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.
Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?

My Review:

I absolutely enjoyed this book. It was such a original read. I Love geek mythology and retellings. The story about King Midas was such a good idea.

I liked how we got the background on how Midas dealing with the golden touch. Saw how his family have suffer and the city during his time with the touch.

I did liked Kora in the book. You saw how much she had grown throughout the book. Learning more on better control of her curse. She very fearless when her father’s gold goes missing. Ready to jump into action to save her father. But can she trust the people around her to help?

Thought the book was a bit action pack and fun. Mostly for fans who like geek mythology or any fan in general. Hopefully there a book two soon. The ending will leave you wanting more.

The book just came out today. So Happy Book Birthday!!

Happy Reading!!

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Book Con Madness

Sorry been kinda slow with blogging since last week. Been so busy getting ready for book con. I know I could set up posts and all but been so busy. I got some awesome reviews coming up and a blog tour of a new fantasy series.

Did not take much pictures this weekend. Was so busy wondering around for books. So here is my book con haul for both days.

Thanks to my friends who went to bea and got me books. Also thanks to a girl and her mother at book con for Broken Things arc exchange. Also another person in the group for four dead queens arc. I’m not very good with names. Some doubles you may see, so watch out for some giveaways later on.

Hope you had a blast at book con.

Happy Reading!

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Sky in The Deep by Adrienne Young

Book Summary:
OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield — her brother, fighting with the enemy — the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

My Review:

I have fallen in love with this book. Such a original story that drew me in. So did the cover of it. Even enjoy the characters in it a lot.

Eelyn is so cool in the book. You really dont want to mess with her and her axe. She would do anything to protect her family.

Fiske I enjoy him in the book also. Trying to show Eelyn their clan is not so bad after all. Can Eelyn trust the man who took her away from home?

With so much clan fighting, family secrets. Will their ever be in peace in the end?

Book is action pack, family betrayal and maybe little romance. For something new in the viking world, then try Sky in the Deep.

Happy Reading!!

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{Arc Review} Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

Book Summary:
Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.
But the Rochester harbors secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet.

My Review:

I’m really starting to enjoy space books. This is my third scifi read of the year. I really enjoy the story and the characters in it. It was very nicely detailed on how they lived in space, when earth hit an ice age.

Stella, I liked her in the book. She is a reader, teacher and engineer. Not worry on falling in love yet. She very smart girl and can defend for herself at times. Will she be able to fit in her new role on another ship?

There Hugo, who I did like much. At times he shows he care, but other times he acts like a drunk. With his own secrets he hides from his crew and Stella. Will he be able to let Stella in?

This was a fast pace read with some romance in it. It suppose to be an Jane Eyre retelling. I think it’s for fans who read Jan Eyre and people like me who have never heard of Jane Eyre.

Ready to hop aboard the Rochester?

Happy Reading!!

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The Window by Amelia Brunskill

Book Summary:
Anna is everything her identical twin is not. Outgoing and athletic, she is the opposite of quiet introvert Jess. The same on the outside, yet so completely different inside–it’s hard to believe the girls are sisters, let alone twins. But they are. And they tell each other everything.
Or so Jess thought.
After Anna falls to her death while sneaking out her bedroom window, Jess’s life begins to unravel. Everyone says it was an accident, but to Jess, that doesn’t add up. Where was Anna going? Who was she meeting? And how long had Anna been lying to her?
Jess is compelled to learn everything she can about the sister she thought she knew. At first it’s a way to stay busy and find closure . . . but Jess soon discovers that her twin kept a lot of secrets. And as she digs deeper, she learns that the answers she’s looking for may be truths that no one wants her to uncover.
Because Anna wasn’t the only one with secrets.

My Review:

This is for the people who love thrillers and mystery books, should try The Window. I got so engrossed with the book and it was pretty good. I did liked the main character and felt sorry for her.

Jess is an shy girl and always hanging with her twin sister, Anna. Sadly when Anna dies, jess works turn upside down. Everyone thinks Anna got drunk and fell out the window. Jess, on the other hand thinks something bad happen to her. With no one who believes in her, it’s up to Jess to solve the case.

For people who love slow pace mysteries, very little romance and death. So are you ready to dive in Anna’s life and find out what secrets she been hiding from everyone?

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{Arc Review} Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Book Summary:
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.
For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.
Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on the battlefield.
For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.

My Review:

The cover and the summary of this book had drawn me in. It was a little different then I’m use to reading. The idea of a princess who uses her brains to win battles then fight her out, is very new to me. I like some of the book, wish there more action and adventure to it.

If you enjoy books with tons of political thinking, love triangles and less action. This book might be for you. Hopefully in book two get some see more take action. It might have been slow pace and not fit for me, but hope the rest of you liked it.

Happy Reading!

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The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Book Summary:
Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won’t stop her from being drawn back into her father’s palace politics. He’s the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well – and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what – and who – it is they’re fighting for.

“In a traitor’s game, there are no. winners

Only those left standing at the end.

Cheat or be cheater

Crush or be crushed Play…… or be killed.

The next move is mine.”

My Review:

The book storyline was pretty interesting. Little slowish the storyline is. . I did enjoy some of the characters.

The main princess Kestra, pretends to be helpless but is very smart. She can wield an sword pretty good. There are secrets about her like why she disappeared for years and suddenly returning home. I like an princess who not so helpless in books. Along the way she gets kidnapped, will she be able to out smart her captors?

I like Simon so much. He may have have help kidnap the princess, but he has this kind heart inside. Even if the princess betray him years ago when they where kids. He still never lost his caring heart. Will Simon be foolish again to trust the princess?

Sadly story drag out and not to much magic factor going on until the end. Hopefully the action and magic will pick up in book two. If your into kidnap princess, and a magic villain on the loose then this book could be for you.

Ready to play The Traitor’s Game?

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Book Summary:
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

Book Review:

Book was so good. I enjoy the world building to it and some of the characters in the book. Second best fantasy read of the year for me.

Really like Zelie in the book. She starts off as a fighter and her big mouth will get her on trouble. Lucky her brother, Tzain can get her out of trouble at times. With there luck they run into Princess Amari. With Amari’s brother hunting her down along the way.

So, what trouble has Amari gotten herself into?

How does that involved Zeile and Tzain along the way?

With so many hidden secrets in the book. Also with tons of body count along the way. No one is safe in this world. Told between three point of views. If you enjoy long high fantasy, then this book is for you.

Happy Reading!

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{Cover Reveal} Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

Let us know what you think of the cover for Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga, which releases July 3, 2018!

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About Kiss of the Royal:

In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.

Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that.

With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan—but try convincing their hearts of that.

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About Lindsey Duga:

Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.

Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.

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