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Review: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Series: Montague Siblings #1

My rating: {★★★★☆}

YA Historical Fiction Fantasy
Published June 27th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books

Source: Purchased
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade …

Review: Ruin of Stars - Linsey Miller

Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller
Series: Mask of Shadows #2

My rating: {★★★☆☆}

YA Fantasy
Expected publication: August 28th 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

Source: ARC received from Sourcebooks via Edelweiss
As Opal, Sal finally has the power, prestige, and most importantly the ability to hunt the lords who killed their family. But Sal has to figure out who the culprits are before putting them down. Which means trying to ignore the fact that Elise is being kept a virtual prisoner, and that the queen may have ulterior motives.

And the tales coming out of north are baffling. Talk of dark spirits, missing children, and magic abound. As Sal heads north toward their ruined homeland and the lords who destroyed everything, they learn secrets and truths that can't be ignored.
** I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes were taken from the advanced readers copy and as such may not be accurate or present in the final version**

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Review: To Kill a Kingdom - Alexandra Christo

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Series: Standalone

My rating: {★★★★☆}

YA Fantasy Retelling
Published March 6th 2018 by Hot Key Books

Source: Copy received from Jonathan Ball Publishers
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And …

The Wrap Up: July Edition

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Happy August everyone. Boy this year is flying. I hope you all have a good month and manage to get all the reading done! I had a ridiculously busy and crazy July - dinners, birthdays and birthday parties (both adult and kids!), weekends travelling to watch polocrosse and not to mention some pretty big happenings on the work front. My step-father-in-law was also hospitalized with a suspected stroke/TIA but now they're leaning towards a brain infection. Major panic stations but hopefully we'll have an answer soon about what is going on.

With all the above going on I totally failed in the reading department in July... As you will see below. But for Au…

Review: These Rebel Waves - Sara Raasch

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
Series: Stream Raiders #1

My rating: {★★★★☆}

YA Fantasy
Expected publication: August 7th 2018 by Balzer + Bray

Source: ARC received from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss
Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbor…

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
My rating: {★★★★★}

YA Fantasy
Published May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Source: Purchased
Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people - nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand's dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.
A Court of Mist and Fury is officially my favourite book in this series. Really, I don't know how to continue this review without melting into a fangirling puddle of goo. It's a t…

Review: Bind the Soul - Annette Marie

Bind the Soul by Annette Marie
Series: Steel and Stone #2

My rating: {★★★★☆}

YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Published January 9th 2015 by Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.

Source: Purchased
The most important rule for an Apprentice Consul is simple: Don't get involved with daemons. Well, Piper is planning to break that rule — big time.
After a near-deadly scandal with the Sahar Stone, she has the chance to return to the only life she's ever wanted. All she has to do to keep her Apprenticeship is forget about Ash and Lyre. Ash might be enigmatic and notoriously lethal, and Lyre might be as sinfully irresistible as he is irritating, but they’re not bad for a couple of daemons.

There's just one problem: Ash is missing.

Really, she shouldn't risk her future for him. He lied. He betrayed her. But he also saved her life, damn it. Wherever he is, he's in trouble, and if she doesn't save his sorry butt, who will? But with every dangerous secret she unravels, each one darker than t…

Review: Sea Witch - Sarah Henning

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Series: Standalone
My rating: {★★★★☆}

YA Fantasy Retelling
Expected publication: July 31st 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

Source: ARC received from Katherine Tegen via Edelweiss
Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.


~~~~~~~~~~

Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to h…

The Wrap Up: June Edition

Welcome to my monthly wrap-up! I hope that you've had a great month.

Please leave a link to your blog (if you have one) in your comment or make sure your Disqus profile has your address so that I can visit you back! 
I try to link all book covers to Goodreads or to my review (if there is one) which is in turn linked to Goodreads.
Well, that's officially half the year finished already. Who can believe that? I'm still in a bit of shock. I think everyone is just so busy these days that we make time fly even faster. Do you find that? The busier you are the faster your days go?
I had a good month in most things - I managed to catch up a little on my blogging although I haven't done any over the past week... I am still deep in the throes of 'bookstagram' and still loving it. I just adore the community along with the amazing photos. While there is some crossover with bloggers there I've also found a whole new circle of people and because I just adore talking about …

Review: A Conjuring of Light - V.E. Schwab

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
Series: Shades of Magic #3
My rating: {★★★★★}

YA Fantasy
Published February 21st 2017 by Titan Books Ltd

Source: Purchased
Witness the fate of beloved heroes - and enemies.

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED...
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell - once assumed to be the last surviving Antari - begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace - but never common - thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO W…

Review: Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Series: Strange The Dreamer #1

My rating: {★★★★★}

YA Fantasy
Published March 28th 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton

Source: Jonathan Ball Publishers

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 Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? An…

Review: Outlander - Diana Gabaldon

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander #1
My rating: {★★★★☆}

Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Published July 26th 2005 by Dell Publishing Company (first published June 1st 1991)

Source: Purchased
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. I was forcedasked to read Outlander by a very good friend and readin…