Monday, June 26, 2017

Review: Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Finally got to read this precious book. Eee. Been waiting ages for this one, and so happy to have read and loved it. I just really wish there had been a third book too. Aw. Not ready to be done reading about August. How rude. But I shall survive. Probably. Despite being long, it was so easy to read this book. Loved that.

The writing is gorgeous, as always with Victoria. And I had no issues getting into the book. I did have a few small issues with the story, ahh, but nothing too big. I still enjoyed this so much and I'm giving it five stars. I found book one to be the best, but this sequel was still incredible. And heartbreaking. Loved it a lot.

This sequel takes place six months after the end of This Savage Song. And oh, how things are different. Kate is in a new place, and she actually has friends. They seemed like pretty awesome people, but didn't get to read that much about them. Aw. But I'm glad she wasn't alone all those months. But also a bit sad that she wasn't with August instead. Aw. And oh, how my boy have changed. It bothered me a little, that he was not the same boy from book one. But I do not blame him at all for changing. The city of Verity has gone really awful in the past six months. And August has had to change with that, to help the people. It broke my heart a little to read about all the things he had to do. All the souls he had to take, all the time. I wanted August happy.

I love that this book is still from the point of views of August and Kate. Eee. But this time there are a few monsters included too. Like Sloan. Shudders. And a new type of monster too. The new monster was all kinds of creepy and I loved reading about it. Though the way that monster killed was the worst. So rude. And then there was Sloan. Oh, how I hate this monster character. He's so brutal and awful and he kills and tortures a lot. It's a bit disturbing. But a good villain, I suppose. Didn't love his point of view, though.

But I do love August. I love this boy so so much. But yeah, I had some issues with how he had changed. Broke my heart that he isn't the same soft and kind and gentle boy anymore. But he's still all of that, just much deeper inside. He has had to become strong and a bit brutal too. Though I did love those new sides of him as well. And I loved reading about him so much. He is an amazing character and I love him so so much. Especially love reading about his monster side. It's a bit creepy and yet the most amazing thing.

And Kate. Ah. I love this girl so much. Loved getting to know her better. Loved that she hasn't changed much at all. And really enjoyed reading about her caring for her new friends. Sort of. And her still thinking about August often, despite being gone so long. Just really liked reading about Kate. But oh, I'm still very heartbroken over the fact that she made her own monster in book one. And this shadow monster of hers, Alice, is one of the worst creatures there is. Reading about her was pretty horrible. Yet a bit fascinating.

There are a whole bunch of monsters in this one. Some new ones. But also the same old ones. And they are all awful to read about. So much death. It was awesome, lol. I love the monsters in this series. They are scary and awful and so amazing to read about. I love how August is awesome at taking them down. And Kate has gotten better at it too. There is also a new Sunai in this one, and gosh, I loved this person so much. A bit dark, yet so interesting to read about. Felt like this person was written really well, so yay.

One thing that made me a bit sad is that it takes a bit over two hundred pages before August and Kate meet again. And that was just so rude. I wanted to read about them together so badly, and then it took forever for it to happen. But I shall forgive this, because when it finally did happen, they were awesome together. A bit upset with each other for smaller things, but still awesome. And I love these two characters so much. Sniffs. And oh, there is a tiny hint of romance, ahh, but way too little of it. Rude. Still, so perfect.

This book focus a lot on the war between the humans and the monsters. With August leading the human side, and Sloan on the monster side. The monsters are winning. And there have been a lot of death. But August isn't giving up, and I love that about him. I love how he is always fighting. And oh, I love that Kate made him more like the him he was in book one. Still, he's awesome. Though I do wish this book had been a bit more happy too. Aw. It's just full of sadness and death and ahh. Horrible yet amazing to read.

I'm not going to say much more about this book. Words are failing me. I had a few small issues, so I didn't love this one as much as I loved book one, especially with how rude this ending was, but I still loved it a lot. Our Dark Duet was a stunning final book. The monsters were horrifying yet so amazing. August and Kate are so perfect. And the plot was exciting. I'm so glad I read these two books. I also adore Victoria, and cannot wait for all her upcoming books. Eee. You should all read this; as it was a stunning final book.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Cover Reveal: The Traitor Prince by C. J. Redwine

Eeee! I am so, so excited about this book :D I adore C. J. so so so much. She's amazing. And her books are stunning. I especially love all of her fairytale retellings. Ahh. Loved The Shadow Queen and The Wish Granter so so much. They are perfection. And I simply cannot wait to get to read The Traitor Prince too :D Eee. It sounds aaaamazing. And heartbreaking. And so good. I can't wait to meet these lovely characters. Sigh. So excited. Gosh, this cover is so awesome! I love it tons. Dark and stunning. What do you think? :)


Javan Najafai, the crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at school, far away from his kingdom. He’s been eagerly awaiting his return home to his ailing father, but his journey there goes dangerously wrong. A mysterious imposter has taken his place—and no one will believe Javan is the true prince.

After barely escaping the imposter’s hitmen, Javan is thrown in the most dangerous prison in his kingdom—Maqbara. The only way to gain an audience with the king and reveal the truth is to fight his way out in the prison’s yearly tournament, which pits inmates against a coterie of the deadliest creatures in the world.

The one person who can help him is Sajda, a strong and secretive girl who has been enslaved by Maqbara’s warden since she was a child. Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive—but she’s hiding something.

Together, Javan and Sajda will have to outwit the dangerous warden, outfight the hundreds of deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan before he can win—in order to fight for their freedom, and take down the imposter once and for all.




Saturday, June 24, 2017

In My Mailbox #294

I'm feeling very happy. I took my spa bath up this week :D Yesss. And it is the most precious thing. Sniffs. Been missing being able to bath so, so badly. My wound is just about 100% closed, finally, and I'm so happy about this too. Sigh. Just, ugh, was supposed to go the the hospital on the 21st, to get rid of my fistula thread thingy, but they called, said they had made mistake, not until July 21st.. assholes. Now I must wait even longer. Thankfully, doctor did tell me I could still bathe. Yess. But annoying, even so. After I got my medicine last week, my stomach have been tons better. So I'm happy about that too. Just hope it doesn't get any worse. Now just want the sun to come back. Tired of rain and cold. Hmph. I blogged a bit this week too :D Yay. And read a little as well. Yess. Reading more later today. I shared my review of The Suffering Tree :) Which was disappointing. Ugh. I posted the UK cover for Godsgrave. <3 This week I'm waiting on Before She Ignites :D I posted my book recommendation of This Savage Song. <3 Yesss. Then I took part in the Now I Rise blog tour :) I had a pretty good week. A bit exhausted, but good. So happy to finally be able to bath every day. Eee. I needed this so badly. Sigh. And next week I think I will be getting a lot of amazing books in the mail, and oh gosh, I cannot wait. If not all next week, then the week after too. Waiting on some stunning stuff. So so happy. Hope I'll still be able to read a lot as well :)



Lord of Shadows. Thank you so much Waterstones for the replacement; this new one looks perfect. <3
Carve the Mark. Eee, thank you Daphne for trading this UK ARC with me :D I love it so. It's gorgeous.
Nevernight. Stunning US paperback edition. <3 Except, my copy looks a bit damaged. How rude of them.
The Fallen Kingdom. Ahh, the stunning UK paperback edition. <3 I must read this book soon. So excited.
Our Dark Duet. Oh, how I love this cover. It's gorgeous. Reading my hardcover today, finally :D Yesss.
The Smoking Hourglass. I liked book one a bunch a few months ago, so I'm excited to read this one too.
Shadows of the Lost Sun. Oh, this book was perfect. And this UK paperback edition is stunning looking.
Plush. I couldn't resist buying this cute plush. He is adorable and I love him the most. So soft and lovely.


The Prince and the Dressmaker. Ahh, thank you lovely publisher :D I'm dying to read this cute thing. Eee.
A Conspiracy in Belgravia. Thank you so much to the publisher for this :D Shall read book one shortly. <3


More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, June 23, 2017

Now I Rise Blog Tour: Spotlight + Giveaway

So excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Now I Rise :D Thank you so much Jaime and Rachel @ Rockstar Book Tours for letting me take part in this. <3 I enjoyed book one, And I Darken, a whole bunch. And so excited about getting my finished copies for Now I Rise in the mail. It's such a stunning looking book :D And I adore the author, Kiersten. She's awesome. I really do think you should read this series. Lada is fierce and amazing. The world is awesome as well. My review and blog tour for And I Darken :D

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Title: NOW I RISE
Author: Kiersten White
Pub. Date: Jume 27, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 496
Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDAudible,  Goodreads

Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

Title: AND I DARKEN
Author: Kiersten White
Pub. Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. 

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.
 






Kiersten White is the NYT bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, the Mind Games series, Illusions of Fate, The Chaos of Stars, In the Shadows with artist Jim Di Bartolo, and the upcoming historical reimagining, And I Darken. She has one tall husband and three small children and lives near the ocean, where her life is perfectly normal. Visit her at kierstenwhite.com.

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Giveaway Details:
3 Winners will receive a finished copy of NOW I RISE, US Only.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
6/19/2017- BookfeverExcerpt
6/20/2017- Lisa Loves LiteratureReview
6/21/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
6/22/2017- FiktshunReview
6/23/2017- Carina's BooksReview

Week Two:
6/26/2017- Dazzled by BooksReview
6/27/2017- Books and ThingsReview
6/28/2017- Rattle the StarsReview
6/29/2017- YABCReview
6/30/2017- Once Upon A TwilightReview

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7/3/2017- Adventures of a Book JunkieInterview
7/4/2017- Seeing Double In NeverlandReview
7/5/2017- Fiction FareReview
7/6/2017- YA and WineReview
7/7/2017- Little Red's ReviewsReview

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book Recommendation: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab


So thrilled to have finally read this book again. It's already been a year and a half since I first read this precious thing. Been wanting to re-read it for ages, and now that the second and final book is out, I finally could. And oh, I'm so happy to say that I loved this book so so much, once again. It is such a stunning story. With amazing writing and an exciting world. I love these characters beyond words. I'm not sure I'm ready for their story to end in Our Dark Duet. Ahh. Not sure my heart can take it. But I will survive. Maybe.

I'm not sure what to say about this book this second time. My mind feels empty, after finishing it again. I just loved it so much. And I'm so glad I finally got the chance to read it again. This book is worth reading. If you still haven't gotten to it, get moving. Because you need to get to know August and Kate. Eee. They are such amazing characters and I love them so much. Sniffs. This book is full of monsters. The awful kind, and the human kind too. Gosh, how I loved reading about them all. So exciting, horrible and perfect.

This book tells the story about August and Kate. They both have a point of view, which I loved so much. My favorite is August, because of how broken and sad yet fierce he is. He's a monster, yet he's trying so hard to be human and kind. But oh, Kate is amazing too. I love her so much. She's a bit broken too, but a lot tougher that August, to be honest. So fierce, so sweet too, at times. Oh, how I loved getting to know them both again. Ahh. I simply wish there is even more to know about in the next book. Fingers crossed.

There is so much I love about this one. Getting to know August and Kate was the best part. Because they are such well written characters and they are amazing to read about. I loved how they met, and how they started spending a bit of time together. They are friends in this book, and sadly no romance at all, but I'm okay with that, because I think it might happen. Maybe. But even so, their friendship is so precious to me. They haven't known each other long, but I love how they act around each other. It's sweet and awesome.

There are monsters in this book. Many different kinds. I loved reading about them all so much. Monster books are the best. And these monsters are awful. It was heartbreaking yet fun to read about. There is a lot of death too, which was pretty sad, yet so interesting too. And especially getting to know what kind of monster that August is. And what he can do. And how he does it. And how amazing he is with his violin. Oh, how I love this broken boy. He's gentle and sweet and I love him to pieces. There is also a cute cat.

So much that I could say about this book. But I'm not going to. Not this time. Just that you have to read it. Because August and Kate are such amazing characters. And this world is freaking amazing. So awful, yet so perfect. The ending is a bit horrifying. And I loved every moment of it. Ahh. And oh, August's family. I loved Ilsa so much. I hated Leo so much. And I adored his parents. I hope they are all awesome in book two as well. Eee. I cannot wait. Oh, how much I loved this book, once again. It's so good. And gorgeous.

CORSAI, CORSAI,
TOOTH AND CLAW.

SHADOW AND BONE 
WILL EAT YOU RAW.

MALCHAI, MALCHAI,
SHARP AND SLY,

SMILE AND BITE
AND DRINK YOU DRY.

SUNAI, SUNAI,
EYES LIKE COAL,

SING YOU A SONG
AND STEAL YOUR SOUL.

MONSTERS, MONSTERS,
BIG AND SMALL,

THEY'RE GONNA COME
AND EAT YOU ALL.