Remember Me Review by Chelsea Bobulski + Quotes + Playlist + Giveaway

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We are so happy to be part of the blog tour for Remember Me by Chelsea Bobulski that is put on by the lovely The Fantastic Flying Book Club.  To see the full schedule, go HERE.  Also be sure to check out the playlist, favorite quotes and US contest after the review!

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Large Book Haul – Over 30 Books

As always, I’ve had little to no control on my buying books again this time around.  I’m a complete hoarder when it comes to books, but I have no regrets! I love being surrounded by beautiful things and what is more beautiful than a load of books everywhere? NOTHING! Just a note, that I have not included any arcs or graphic novels I’ve gotten recently – those will show up in another haul. Andddd with that, let’s get into this haul!

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Review: To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin

 

 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Contemporary
Pages: 304
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published: August 21st, 2018
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Fat Shaming (challenged), Neglect, Verbally Abusive Parents, Mental Illness, Panic Attacks and Eating Disorders. 

 

Savannah is dreading being home alone with her overbearing mother after her sister goes off to college. But if she can just get through senior year, she’ll be able to escape to college, too. What she doesn’t count on is that her mother’s obsession with weight has only grown deeper since her appearance on an extreme weight-loss show, and now Savvy’s mom is pressuring her even harder to be constantly mindful of what she eats. Continue reading “Review: To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin”

Top Ten Tuesday #21: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

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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 (April 2nd 2019) topic is: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

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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The Cover
I’m a cover whore – I love a good cover that will look amazing on my shelves.

Illustrations
This isn’t really a common one but I’m a sucker for illustrations, especially in middle-grade novels or special editions YA books.

Author Auto-Buy
I have so many auto-author buys, so that is probably the easiest reason to buy for me.

Themes
Does it have pirates? Vikings? Necromancers? Blood Magic? Then sign me up! There are many themes I adore and it’s always so exciting when they get on trend.

Reviews
I don’t have a lot of faith in random Goodreads reviews for many reasons – it could be a full post within itself! However, I do trust reviews from certain reviewers/friends that I know have very similar taste as me.  That can certainly push me to pick up a novel.

 

The Cover
I am a sucker for a beautiful cover. If it appeals to me there is a good chance that I will buy the book.

The Author
If it’s an author that I like or love, I will be getting anything they write. I have a couple instabuy authors. Some could be coming out with a phone book and I would buy it (**cough*Jay Kristoff*cough**).

The Hype
Of course like a lot if people are raving about a book, especially my friends I will end up buying it.

The Synopsis
I do sometimes read the synopsis and based on it decide if it’s something that I might be into.

The Controversy
If a book has controversy around it there is a chance that I will pick it up to see what the fuss is about.

 

 

ARC Review: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 400
Pacing: Normal to Fast Paced
Publisher:  Wednesday Books
Published: April 2nd, 2019

 

Trigger warnings: Self Harm (Blood mages must cut to draw their power), war themes, graphic violence and gore. 

 

 

 

 

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself. A prince in danger must decide who to trust. A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.  Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.. – Synopsis by Goodreads

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Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: YA  Fantasy
Pages: 342
Pacing: Slower Pacing
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Published: April 26th, 2016

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.  – Synopsis by Goodreads

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“I know your soul. Everything else is just an ornament.”

I have no idea how to even begin to review such as this one.  It’s such a beautiful story and the writing is stunning.  I know I’ll never be able to do this one justice but I’ll take a stab at it.

TBR and Beyond is doing a group read on The Star-Touched Queen duology and I couldn’t be happier about it.  We are lucky enough to be having Roshani Chokshi visiting us for a live chat in January (I’m still fangirling about it) and the group is getting all ready for it.  The Star-Touched Queen is my second book that I’ve read of Roshani’s and this one is based around Indian mythology and I believe is slightly inspired by the Greek mythology  – Hades and Persephone.  I am loving all these new mythologies we have been getting lately – I was starting to feel like we’d only ever see Greek, so I couldn’t have been more excited to read this book.

We start off with our main protagonist, Princess Maya stalking around the castle, eaves dropping in on political dealings with her father that she is not allowed to participate in herself.  She’s been educating herself over the years, hoping for something better with her life than just being someone’s wife – she wants to rule like her father.  Her father announces that she will be married to someone from another country that they are at war with to secure an alliance.  The only catch, it’s a big scam and her father is actually asking that she kill herself that night and therefore starting an even bigger war.  Yes, we’ve seen these tropes all before and I wasn’t really sure where it was all going to go, but it takes a very unexpected twist early on that threw me for a bit of a loop but I loved every minute of it.  A stranger, Amar, rescues her and asks for her to come rule an unknown city called Akaran with him as his queen.

I don’t want to go into too great of detail on this story, so that you can watch it unfold for yourself but the romance between Maya and Amar is one of the most swoony, breath-taking romances. I could gush on and on about the love in this story and I’m not normally a romance person but you can’t help but be captivated by the words and actions of these characters.

The Star-Touched Queen is probably one of the most quotable stories I’ve eve read.  Sometimes it almost feels like the story is one big quote after another.  I know that can be a tricky thing and really verges on purple prose but I think Chokshi mostly manages to keep her beautiful lyrical writing while maintaining an interesting plot.  There are a few times where the writing does get a bit distracting and that is why I took one star off, but overall I thought it lent to the story, not took away from it.

This story also focuses a lot on fate, family, sisterhood, and trust.  The relationship between Maya and her younger sister is beautiful and felt very authentic.  I love seeing strong sibling relationships in YA novels, because it isn’t as common as it should be.

Can we also talk about the AMAZING flesh eating horse? Probably my favorite part in this whole book is that sassy, crazy but loyal horse.  The horse gave such a needed touch of humor to the story – I laughed out loud several times and I’m now determined to own a demon horse.  I’m really not sure what that says about my character but anyone know where I can get such a thing?

Overall, this story is stunning but somewhat polarizing.  It’s not the fastest-paced book and it’s certainly one that you need to take your time on and enjoy the writing.  If you like a faster pace, then this probably is going to be a harder read for you.  I personally loved it and can’t wait to read more of Roshani’s work.

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