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Review: Dawn Study - Maria V. Snyder

Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: {★★★★★} 

Young Adult Fantasy
Published January 25th 2017 by Harlequin Teen

Source: Harlequin TEEN via NetGalley
New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder brings her Poison Study series to its exhilarating conclusion.

Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond and a family that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.

Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person's resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.

With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon tw…

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Court of Vampires - Megan Linski

Court of Vampires
Megan Linski
(The Shifter Prophecy #1)
Publication date: January 31st 2017
Genres: Mythology, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Vampires and werewolves shouldn’t fall in love.
Lysandra was born for one reason; to kill shifters. Princess of vampires, the heir to Vlad Dracula’s throne and the last descendant of Princess Anastasia, Lysandra lives in a castle of witches and human slaves,engaged to a dark vampire prince and prophesied as the one who will end the war between vampires and werewolves forever.
Everything changes when Lysandra finds a dying werewolf. She takes him into her care and quickly falls in love, unable to explain the magical connection between them. If she’s discovered, she will be put to death. But how can she stop the war when her worst enemy is her true love?
A heart-stopping love story filled with shocking twists, Court of Vampires is a thrilling young adult fantasy that readers will devour over and over again. The legend of what really happened to …

Weekly Round Up #17

Here's my weekly roundup. I'm linking to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and #IMWAYR hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.






Last week was a pretty good week! I moved offices to a bigger, quieter and cooler office and settled in nicely. We went to our local monthly pub quiz night and our team managed to come first (I'm not sure how! We obviously had an eclectic mix of knowledge amongst us team members). 
I managed to get a couple of books finished and I even managed to post a few reviews last week so I'm slowly catching up. This week ahead is going to be a truly busy one so I'm a little worried about that, but hopefully I manage to stay on top of everything. 
What I read last week:
After six study books I'm not really sure if I can cope with a life without Ixia in it, so I might go back to read the Glass series... 
I finished my buddy read of Scarlet and now can't wait to dive into Cress. I'm definitely becoming a Lunar Chronicle…

Review: Night Study - Maria V. Snyder

Night Study by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: {★★★★☆} 

Young Adult Fantasy
Published March 1st 2015 by Harlequin Teen

Source: Purchased

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder transports readers back to the realms of Sitia and Ixia in an exciting new Study novel full of magic, danger and intrigue.

Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s life has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.

Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valek...secrets that put him, Yelena and all thei…

Review: Shadow Study - Maria V. Snyder

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: {★★★★☆} 

Young Adult Fantasy
Published March 1st 2015 by Harlequin Teen

Source: Borrowed

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder wowed readers with Poison Study, the unforgettable story of poison taster Yelena. Now she's back with a new tale of intrigue.

Once, only her own life hung in the balance…

Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she’d survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret—or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is—while searching for who or what is res…

Waiting on Wednesday: The Valiant - Lesley Livingston

Welcome to Waiting on Wednesday originally run by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. 

This week my #WoW is The Valiant. As if female gladiators and historical Rome weren't enough - this one also has been getting rave reviews lately (check out Alyssa's review over at The Eater of Books for a great one!). Described as ferocious and kickbutt I cannot wait to get my hands on this one next month!

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 …

Weekly Round Up #16

Here's my weekly roundup. I'm linking to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and #IMWAYR hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.





Finally back at home for a week at a time and it's been great! I've had a bit of normalcy in my life for the first time in a while. Sometimes just being at home is exactly what I need to re-center myself, revive and recharge. 
Last week I posted a couple of challenge/read-a-thon posts that I am participating in this year to try meet my bookish resolutions for 2017. If you missed it have a look at the posts below:

Reading Challenge: #LetsReadIndie Read-A-Thon: Fantastically Diverse by Books.Bags.Burgers

What I read last week:

I only actually managed to complete one book this week but I've made progress on a few and I feel like it's been a better week for reading overall. 
Breath of Fire was another five star for Bouchet from me. I just love the snarky humour and non stop action. Not quite as good as her first book, bu…

Review: Fire Study - Maria V. Snyder

Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: {★★★★☆}

Young Adult Fantasy
first published March 1st 2008

Source: Borrowed
The apprenticeship is over—now the real test has begun.

When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder—able to capture and release souls—spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena's fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before...

Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself—and save the land she holds dear.
At times the plot was frustrating and at times it had pacing issues, but in general it was a solid instalment in the Chronicles of Ixia and I was enter…

Waiting On Wednesday: Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor

I haven't done a Waiting on Wednesday in a while and truthfully I have no idea if it's still an active meme, but there are still upcoming books that I want to highlight and be excited over and I love looking around all the other blogs to see what I might not know about - because my TBR always needs new books on it!


My pick this week is Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I've never read her books (YET!!!!) but Daughter of Smoke and Bone has been on my TBR forever. This one sounds really intriguing and is a YA fantasy (high fantasy too I believe) with paranormal and magical elements.


A brand new, heart-stopping novel and the first in a thrilling duology from the much-loved author of the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE trilogy, Laini Taylor.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around - and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Wee…

Review: Wintersong - S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
My rating: {★★★★☆}

Young Adult Fantasy Retelling
Expected publication: February 7th 2017 by Thomas Dunne

Source: St. Martin's Press via NetGalley
Dark, romantic and unforgettable, a fantastical coming-of-age story for fans of Labyrinth and The Darkest Part of the Forest.

Deep in his terrifying realm underground, the cold and forbidding Goblin King casts a dark shadow over nineteen-year-old Liesl. Her grandmother has always warned her to follow the old laws, for every year on the longest night of winter, she claims, the Goblin King will emerge into the waking world in search of his eternal bride. Sensible and plain, Liesl knows it’s her duty to keep her beautiful sister Käthe safe from harm. But Liesl finds refuge only in her wild, captivating music, composed in secret in honor of the mysterious Goblin King.

When Käthe is stolen by the Goblin King, Liesl knows she must set aside her childish fantasies to journey to the Underground and save her. Drawn despi…

Reading Challenge: #LetsReadIndie

It was a bookish resolution of mine to read more #IndieBooks this year, and then I stumbled across this reading challenge that is being hosted by As Told By Tina and Lavender Prose

It's pushing for self published authors to get a little more love and recognition and it's definitely a movement I would love to get behind.


My personal goal is to read at least one book a month for this challenge and maybe to try and complete a line of the Indie Reading Bingo by the end of the year.


I hope that you'll consider joining the challenge and/or that you'll enjoy following my journey this year!


Do you enjoy reading #IndieBooks? Will you take part in the challenge? Do you have any recommendations for anything that I can knock off my bingo page?

Read-A-Thon: Fantastically Diverse by Books.Bags.Burgers

I'm participating in my very first blogger Read-A-Thon and this one is run by Uma over at Books.Bags.Burgers.

For more info and/or to join this Read-A-Thon yourself please head on over to the Master Post. You can join anytime before 30 Jan.




I'm going to attempt to go 'Around the World' once in this challenge which is a level one participant where I will try to read one book from each category before the end of this read-a-thon (1st March).

Without further ado here is my TBR for this challenge:

(thanks Uma for the graphics for the category headers!)





This was a 2016 release that I wanted to get to last year and is still on my TBR for this year. Persian fantasy mixed with a western theme in a YA package? I'm in!



This is a mega hyped book but it's one that I'm still dying to read and best of all it's a retelling of 1001 nights. :)




This one is one that is already on my review stack so I'm hitting two birds with one stone here but it is definitely a fantas…