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Spindle Fire (Spindle Fire #1) by Lexa Hillyer

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Book Summary:

A kingdom burns. A princess sleeps. This is no fairy tale.

It all started with the burning of the spindles.

No.

It all started with a curse…

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood—and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape…or the reason for her to stay.

My Review

I really enjoy this retelling of Sleeping Beauty. It was very different take on the story. It was nice to see that the Isabella and Aurora are not helpless in the story. Aurora not off sleeping while her sister is taking care of things. She is lost in some type of dream world that could be real or not. Their parents where awful in the story, letting the girl loose there sight, touch and voice for beauty and all. Guess magic does come at a price in this fairytale. In the end can true love really save the day? Book leaves you off wanting more answers and fun. Lucky book two Winter Glass comes out next year and it will be the finale book in the series. So you in mood to get lost in a dream with Aurora then dive right in. Happy Reading!

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Top Five Wednesday

So Bella picked out her top five books for next year. She is counting down the months when these books are release. Lucky for Bella she got some nice books from conventions this years to tie over but still can drool over these upcoming releases.

 

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Book:

Say You’ll Remember me by Katie Mcgarry

Summary:

When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.

Comes out Jan. 30th

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Book:

The Traitor Prince By Cj Redwine
Summary:
Javan Najafai, crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at an elite boarding school, far away from his kingdom. But his eagerly awaited return home is cut short when a mysterious imposter takes his place—and no one believes Javan is the true prince.

After barely escaping the imposter’s assassins, Javan is thrown into Maqbara, the kingdom’s most dangerous prison. The only way to gain an audience with the king — and reveal Javan’s identity — is to fight in Maqbara’s yearly tournament. But winning is much harder than acing competitions at school, and soon Javan finds himself beset not just by the terrifying creatures in the arena, but also a band of prisoners allied against him, and even the warden herself.

The only person who can help him is Sajda, who has been enslaved by Maqbara’s warden since she was a child, and whose guarded demeanor and powerful right hook keep the prisoners in check. Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive — but she has dangerous secrets.

Together, Javan and Sajda have to outwit the vicious warden, outfight the deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan. If they fail, they’ll be trapped in Maqbara for good—and the secret Sajda’s been hiding will bury them both

Release Date February 13
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Book:
Genesis by Brendan Reichs
Summary:
Noah Livingston knows he is destined to survive.

The 64 members of Fire Lake’s sophomore class are trapped in a place where morals have no meaning, and zero rules apply. But Noah’s deaths have trained him–hardened him–to lead the strongest into the future . . . whatever that may be. And at any cost.

Min Wilder knows that survival alone isn’t enough.

Trapped in a violent world where brute force passes for leadership, it’s tempting to lay back and let everyone else fight it out. But Min’s instincts rebel against allowing others to decide who lives and who dies. She’s ready to fight for what she believes in. And against whomever might stand in her way.

Release Date March 6th
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Book:
Legendary By Stephanie Garber
Summary:
Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling and breakout debut Caraval, following Scarlett’s younger sister, Tella, on a journey to the empire’s capital to fulfill a mysterious bargain.
Release Date May 9th
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Book:
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
 Summary:
Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

Release Date February 27
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So these are and Me and Bella tops five books we counting down the days  when they coming out. Or should I say months. Most are coming out in February my birthday month also. What are you top books you looking forward next year? Happy Reading!
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Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie (Goodreads Author) (Editor), Renee Ahdieh (Goodreads Author), Soman Chainani (Goodreads Author), Susan Dennard (Goodreads Author), Sarah Enni (Goodreads Author), Marissa Meyer (Goodreads Author), Cindy Pon (Goodreads Author), Victoria Schwab (Goodreads Author) , Samantha Shannon (Goodreads Author), Adam Silvera (Goodreads Author), Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, Nicola Yoon (Goodreads Author), Benjamin Alderson, Sasha Alsberg (Goodreads Author), Whitney Atkinson (Goodreads Author), Tina Burke, Catriona Feeney, Jesse George, Zoë Herdt (Goodreads Author), Samantha Lane, Sophia Lee, Raeleen Lemay, Regan Perusse, Christine Riccio, Steph Sinclair, Kat Kennedy

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Book Summary:

Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

Featuring writing from . . .

Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon

BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).

 

My Review:

So what do you get can 13 authors pair up with there favorite book youtubers? You gets 13 different villains tales on how they comes to be so evil. This book was an alright read and good for people who love fairytale retellings. There some action, and some adult things in there so more for older teens a bit. My favorite story was Victoria Schwab where she wrote about death being a person. So read for yourself and chose your favorite story. Happy Reading!

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Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh

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Book Summary:

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

My Review:

Mariko is a train samurai by her brother, on her way to her wedding she gets attacks. Now she must go into hiding and pretend to pass as a boy to find out who wants her dead and why. She joins the black clan hoping to find what she needs. With her brother slowly tailing behind her, will Mariko have enough to get the truth before it’s to late? This is book is so much fun and very hard to put down. With full of action and maybe a little romance you can dive right in. Enter the world of the samurai and find out the truth on who wanted Mariko dead and is the black clan really such bad people? So enter the warrior and discover the truth for yourself and Happy Reading!

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The Wish Granter (Ravenspire #2) by C.J. Redwine

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Book Summary:

An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from C. J. Redwine, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen. Perfect for fans of Graceling and the Lunar Chronicles.

The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.

My Review:

The story involves two twins Thad and Ari. While on the run after being hunted down, Thad bumps into the wish granter Teague and made a deadly wish to save his sister. Now that the royal family died, that bastard twins sit on the throne, but at what cost? Now it’s up to Ari, to save her brother soul and the kingdom of Teague reign. She will train with Sebastian to use weapons. Can all three team up and save their kingdom before Teague takes over everything? This new retelling of Rumpelstiltskin leaves you wanting more. This is my first read from C.J Redwine books and won’t be my last. Her books takes you to an far away place and leaves you wanting for me. I really enjoy this new twist of the story and would not mind reading is again. The cover is so pretty and have you draw. So grab this book and read the twins story for yourself, you won’t regret it in the end. Happy Reading!

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Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

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Book Summary:

In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.

My Review:

Isra has been lock up all her life ready to be a human sacrifice for her city, to believe she was ugly and her death will help her people. She blind what’s going on in her kingdom and to the world. One night when she was out in the garden she bumps into Gem. Gem wants nothing but help his people if it mean to kill the princess in the process to save his people. Gem is human and not ugly at all. He get capture by the princess and these two form and unlikely ally to help each other out with the kingdom. Can their differences help save the people of Yuan? In the classic retelling the beast is a princess and the beauty is the beast. Set in the future and kinda scifi feeling vibe in this retelling. Read this book years ago and have really enjoy the world building and the different take on Beauty and Beast story. Hope more people get to discover this book someday and enjoy it like I did so many years. In honor of Beauty and Beast coming out tonight will review my two favorite retelling of the classics today. So for my readers Happy Reading and hope you find this book helpful for the look out for retellings.