Top Ten Tuesday #16: Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit

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Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!

This week’s (February 26th, 2019) topic is: Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit

Since there are two of us running this blog (Melanie and Mireille), we’re going to break these memes up between us and each pick five!

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Middle Grade Monday: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

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Hey everyone!  We’ve moved Middle-Grade Monday over from our TBR and Beyond Facebook Group to the blog! Hopefully we can bring you lots of great reviews, topics and maybe even some author interviews!
I’m a massive middle-grade fan, and I’m always trying to get people to give it a shot! Hopefully these reviews will give you a better idea if you want to try out the books or not! That is the goal anyway! Continue reading “Middle Grade Monday: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine”

Review: Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

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My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy/Mystery
Pages: 305
Pace: Normal
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: May 8th, 2018

 

 

 

 

Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.
So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life. Continue reading “Review: Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson”

Yet Another Book Haul – Over 20 Again!

These are some books I accumulated back in January and am just getting to them now.  I did not include some books that I got in January from Bookoutlet because I already hauled them on here and you can see that post HERE.   I also got a lot of graphic novels during this month, so I’m doing a separate post later for those.   January was my birthday month, so a lot of the books were gifts.

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Top Ten Tuesday #15: Books I Loved With Under 2,000 Ratings

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Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!

This week’s (February 19th, 2019) topic is: Books I Loved With Under 2,000 Ratings

Since there are two of us running this blog (Melanie and Mireille), we’re going to break these memes up between us and each pick five!

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I was shocked when looking through my list on Goodreads what had under 2,000 ratings! There are so many wonderful books that are going under the radar.  All my suggestions were five star reads for me. Here are my top picks for this!

Scream all Night by Derek Milman
This is such a wonderful, heartfelt, eccentric and unique contemporary novel.  It’s quite hard hitting and deals with loss, siblings and abandonment.  The book is freaking brilliant and if you haven’t read it yet, then go get it!

Sanctuary (Sanctuary #1) by Caryn Lix
This is a book I love to recommend from anyone who needs something that has a great cast of characters, great writing and is insanely fast-paced. This is a sci-fi thriller with twists and turns everywhere and completely accessible if you are newer to the genre.

A Touch of Gold (A Touch of Gold #1) by Annie Sullivan
Pirates!! So many Pirates.  A Touch of Gold is a retelling of King Midas, that is all I had to hear for it to make it on my my anticipated list last year.  Thankfully, I was not let down and it was just such a fun and different book. Did I mention PIRATES?!?!!?

Dare You to Lie (Hometown Antihero #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch
Do you like Veronica Mars? Are you a MARSHMELLOW like me? Then you need this book.  It’s basically reads like a Veronica Mars episode and if you are like me and missing the show, go get you a copy of this book.

Odd & True by Cat Winters
I don’t know how this has under 2k ratings when it’s been out for a couple years.  That is such a shame.  This story has no romance and a very strong relationship between two sisters.  If you love dark historical fiction, with a dab of paranormal.  I would HIGHLY recommend this.  Cat Winters is perfection at writing these dark sorts of tales.

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Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria
I loved this books and absolutely dumbfounded that it has less then 500 ratings. It has everything you need great world building, fantastic diversity plus it’s a standalone which nowadays is hard to find in YA fantasy.

Scream All Night by Derek Millman
This book really took me by surprised. I wasn’t expecting it to be so hard hitting but it was. I will continue to rave about it and Derek until everyone has read it.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth
This is truly a beautiful book and yet again I don’t know why people aren’t raving about this one. The writing is gorgeous

Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington
I love Jessica, she’s such a lovely person and I absolutely adore her writing. I am not a huge contemporary reader but this book made me put Jessica in the auto-buy section of my TBR. It’s such a cute, fun read, perfect for the summer.

The Dollmaker of Krakow by RM Romero
This story was so heartbreaking but at the same time I saw a lot of hope in it too. People need to read this book, it was such an impactful read for me.

What are books that you love that have less than 2000 ratings?

ARC Review: Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

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My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 336
Pacing: Faster Pacing
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Published: February 26th 2019

Trigger Warnings: Violence, Monster Gore, Abandonment, Parental Abuse/Neglect, Bullying

 

 

How do you kill a god? As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.  – Synopsis by Goodreads.  

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“Each scar marks me as a survivor.  A Warrior of the Wild.”

Tricia Levenseller knocks it out of the part for me again.  I just adore her writing and her strong, intelligent female characters.  She also has her banter game on-point.

It’s not secret that I’m a huge fan of Tricia’s debut duology Daughter of the Pirate King and when I heard she was writing a viking inspired story, I was pretty excited to say the least.  Did it live up to my expectations? Of course it did! Rasmira, our protagonist, is a very likeable character and it’s really easy to get on her side and root for her survival and success.  She has a lovely relationship with her sister, a complicated one with her father and a nightmare of one with her mother.  The story starts off with Rasmira practicing for the trials for joining the warrior ranks.  There are some bullies that seem to have it out for Rasmira because she is the daughter of their leader and feels she gets too much special treatment.  I won’t say much about that but my heart hurts even thinking of what they do to her.  The stakes are high right off the bat because we learn that anyone that doesn’t pass the trials will be banished from their village to go survive on their own in the wild.  The only way they can come back home is if they completely an impossible task (their matugr).  She, of course, fails her trial and is banished with the task to kill a God that has been terrorizing the villages forever.  Eek!

When she is banished to the wild, it doesn’t take that long before she meets a couple of other boys that have been outcasted from their villages, for the same reason, as well.  She meets Soren, who is a very sweet and loyal boy that purposely lost his trial so he could go help his friend Iric.  Then we have bratty but genius little Iric, who I completely adored.  His wit and sarcasm were top notch.  He is also gay and desperately missing his boyfriend that he had to leave at his village. He might have been my favorite honestly and I would love a companion novel that featured Iric, his partner and all his crazy inventions.  I felt like his character, along with Rasimra’s had the most growth.

While in the wild, there are lots of insane creatures which were really fun and very well-detailed.  It can get a little gory at times, but nothing that would bother most people I don’t think.  Just monster gore.  The three characters are trying to accomplish their impossible tasks together, so we get lots of action and cool scenes.  Rasmira also has to beat a God, which is a lot of fun.  I won’t say much about any of this though.

Probably my favorite thing about Tricia’s writing is that it gives enough character development and world building that you are satisfied but it’s also not at all complicated.  If you still want to stay in the fantasy realm but need a little palette cleanser  from high fantasy, this is perfect for it.

Overall, this was a fun ride and I enjoyed every minute of it.  This is a standalone fantasy, so it’s not a huge commitment and it reads very fast.  I think a lot of people will have a good time with this one.

Thank you to Feiwel & Friends for the physical arc in exchange for my honest review.

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Top Ten Tuesday #14: Favorite Couples

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Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!

This week’s (February 12th, 2019) topic is:  Favorite Couples

Since there are two of us running this blog (Melanie and Mireille), we’re going to break these memes up between us and each pick five!

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Feyre and Rhysand, A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas
I don’t really feel like there is a ton to say about these two.  They are YA couple royalty and I live for it.

Alossa and Riden, Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
I really wish there was more fanart and such on these two.  They are so much fun to read about. What makes them one of  my all-time faves though? That banter baby, it’s top notch and makes me so happy.

Jane and G, My Lady Jane by Cynitha Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows.
My love for this book knows no bounds! This book is perfection and the romance makes me blush every time.  Again, it’s that amazing banter that has me in love with this one as well.  I’m a sucker for hate to love relationships.

Paige and the Warden, The Bone Season
I’m not sure if this one is a little more controversial, since The Warden was Paige’s captor, but there is a lot more going on than meets the eye and LET ME BE – I like problematic romances sometimes! I can’t help it.  I just love these two and need more.

Scarlett and Wolf, The Lunar Chronicles
I think the most popular are Cress and Thorne, whom I also adore but I’ve always been more of a sucker for Scarlett and Wolf.  They beat a lot of crazy odds and the loyalty and love that Wolf shows Scarlett gives me the warm and fuzzies.

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Mia and Ashlinn, Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff
I could not not put these two on this list.

Feyre and Rhysand, A Court of Thorn and Roses Series by Sarah J Maas
Melanie and I are doubling up on this one. They are just perfect for each other. I love how into each other they are.

Simon and Baz, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I live for this couple, that’s it I have nothing more to say.

Eelyn and Fiske, Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
I love how this relationship grew. I feel like they match each other in the end.

Kaz and Inej, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
This is my OTP, these two are just perfect for each other. I need more books about Kaz and Inej, please Leigh Bardugo make it happen.

 

What are your favourite couples? Do you agree with any of ours?

 

 

 

Middle Grade Monday: The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories #1) by Chris Colfer

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Hey everyone!  We’ve moved Middle-Grade Monday over from our TBR and Beyond Facebook Group to the blog! Hopefully we can bring you lots of great reviews, topics and maybe even some author interviews!
I’m a massive middle-grade fan, and I’m always trying to get people to give it a shot! Hopefully these reviews will give you a better idea if you want to try out the books or not! That is the goal anyway!

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My rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Middle Grade
Pages: 438
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Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Published: July 17th, 2012

 

 

 

Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought. – synopsis from Goodreads

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Unboxing King of Scars Indigo Book Box

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Hey Everyone! I have a little unboxing for you today.  I’m from Canada and our big bookstore chain is Indigo/Chapters and last year they started curating book boxes for certain YA books.  They have done a lot of different fandoms but none were really for me until I saw King of Scars book box – I clicked on that “add to cart” button so fast!

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Several items in the box.  This wasn’t not a surprise book box, we knew what we were getting when we ordered.

First up! The hardcover of King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo and it’s handsigned.  Looks fantastic!

 

Then we have a pre-printed letter from Leigh Bardugo, which is cute.  I hate that they folded it in half though – why would you do that? You should still be able to read it though, if interested.

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Last, but not least we have a very nice quality King of Scars travel mug and a honey scented hand cream (no idea what the correlation is to the book).  The handcream smells great and sells for $8 on their site, so it’s a nice extra item to get.  Oh! There is also a wee little Grishaverse button.

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This box costs $30 CAN, which is honestly a great price.  It may seem high to the US readers but the book itself costs over $20 here and it wouldn’t be signed.  I’m hoping that Indigo/Chapters does some more cool boxes in the future.  The box is still available for purchase HERE.

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What do you think of this box and did you pick up King of Scars in January/February as well?

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