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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Blog Tour: A Thousand Salt Kisses Later - Book 1 Review + Giveaway

Hello! Today on the blog, I'm going to be posting a review of A Thousand Salt Kisses, the first book in the series on the iRead Book Tours.

A Thousand Salt Kisses (Salt Kisses #1)
Author: Josie Demuth
Publication Date: June 2, 2016
Publisher: Wisk Ink
Links:Amazon | Goodreads | ;Barnes & Noble
Seventeen-year-old Crystal White is the new girl on Starfish Island. Dragged to the remote community by her environmental activist father, she is eager to find fun that doesn’t involve touching fish guts or listening to local folklore.
During a midnight swim with some new friends, Crystal is pulled out to sea by the waves. Convinced she’s going to drown, Crystal is rescued by Llyr, a handsome stranger. As she searches for him in the following weeks, she finds there may be more truth to the Starfish legends than she thought.
Over a sizzling roller-coaster summer, Llyr introduces Crystal to magic she’d only ever dreamed of. But as Crystal comes to love Starfish Island, it begins to drive her family apart. A nearby power plant is devastating local marine life, and her parents are stuck in the middle. As the magic and mundane parts of Crystal’s life converge, she finds herself risking everything to save Llyr, her family, and herself.

About the Author
Josie Demuth is an author based in London. First published on Wattpad, her Salt Kisses series has garnered nearly four million reads and are now serialised on Radish Fiction. The second of this series, A Thousand Salt Kisses Later is her fourth novel.
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads




Review
Just a note, I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review which in no way affects this. Thanks to the people who organised the tour for a copy! 
I decided to read and review this book because when I saw it, I saw how it started as a Wattpad book and became published. Now, I don't know about you, but I love Wattpad and the books on it.

I found the premise of this novel to be great! I liked how the pacing was on the fast side but wasn't too fast. What I also liked is the mermaid/merman thing. Not many stories with supernatural in them are mermaids, as far as I know (the only one I can think of off the top of my head right now is the Emily Windsnap series). I also really liked how it dealt with environmental issues. It had a factory that kept polluting the ocean water, killing the merfolk, and there's many people in the story who work to get rid of the factory, Crystal's dad included.

I feel like this still has potential though, it didn't live up to how I thought it would be. I think if it focused more on the merfolk and not on Crystal and her life (no offense Crystal!), I would like it more. The reader gets to know a bit about the Jeweled Kingdom but there's not much known. I also felt the plot was a bit predictable. I love it when stories are unpredictable and the reader can't guess the ending, but with this novel, I didn't find myself surprised by the ending.

Overall, I did enjoy this novel and will be reading the sequel, A Thousand Salt Kisses Later (look for the review with the blog tour on Thursday!).


Giveaway
Before I go, there's a giveaway! Win a copy of A Thousand Salt Kisses Later by Josie Demuth. One winner will also receive a $10 Amazon gift card (2 winners total, print book open to USA & CAN only, ebook open int’l) It ends February 4th.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

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Diverse Reads Subscription Box

Hello everyone! So today I am proud to announce that Diverse Reads is officially open for orders! Now, what is Diverse Reads, you may be asking? Well, here’s Angel, the founder, to help explain:

“So, Diverse Reads is a subscription box meant to celebrate people's different experiences and thoughts! I wanted to create the box because I am an Egyptian-American Muslim woman and, unfortunately, until I was halfway through 11th grade, I never read a book that accurately represented Muslims. To be honest, I'd never read one that even had a Muslim in it but I'd seen so many TV shows and movies that misrepresented my religion so many times over and that was really disappointing. 

That was three years ago and though the literary world has gotten more diverse, it's still hard to find books that represent my religion and culture well without quite a bit of researching.
As I look back on how long it took for me to find myself in a world I so dearly love, as well as how much research it's taken to just read diverse books, I find myself hopeful that, through 'Diverse Reads', I can help someone much younger than me find themselves in literature much sooner than I did.”


Now, every month you'll get a new, diverse young adult novel and 3 -5 awesome, handpicked goodies based on the themes of the book! The book of the month for January is Allegedly by Tiffany D Jackson!

So, how does it work?
Well, it works in three easy ways:

1. You take your pick of a 1 month, 3 month or 6 month subscription plan! One month is $20 excl. shipping & taxes! Then you get to sit back and relax while you wait!
2. I (Angel) gather(s) all the supplies needed to make your fabulous subscription come to life then begin packing and sending it on its way!
3. Diverse Reads is delivered right to your doorstep! Now you can enjoy the book & goodies, and share what you got on social media using #DiverseReads!

Guess what, though? You can get 10% off your first order of a 3 month or a 6month subscription with 'JOIN10'!!! Just click here to get started and begin your awesome diversity adventure!!! You can only get January’s box by Tuesday, January 17th so hurry up fast to get your order in!!!





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Friday, January 13, 2017

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Fangirl Friday: Rose Petal Graves Cover Reveal + Shadowhunters S2E2 Review



You should pray for us (Sophia and I) because we are currently trapped inside our homes because of the winter storm Jupiter. Sophia will have a hard time going to work while I'm calling off work because there is no way I will drive to work in freezing rain/sleet. Been there, done that and had an accident. I'm not doing that again.

YAY FOR A COVER REVEAL!

Rose Petal Graves
By: Olivia Wildenstein
Genre: Paranormal/Faeries
Release Date: March 29th 2017
Links: Goodreads
Synopsis: ANCIENT SECRETS CANNOT REMAIN BURIED FOREVER.
Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.
Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.
As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.

About The Author
Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father with a great sense of humor, and a Swedish mother whom she speaks to at least three times a day. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor’s in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a laptop computer and a very comfortable chair. This line of work made more sense, considering her college degree.
When she’s not writing, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, baking up a storm (that she actually eats), going to the gym (because she eats), and attempting not to be late at her children’s school (like she is 4 out of 5 mornings, on good weeks).
Wildenstein lives with her husband and three children in Geneva, Switzerland, where she’s an active member of the writing community.

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Shadowhunters S2E2 A Door Into The Dark: Spoiler Free Review


This is a continuation from the last episode where Jace is kidnapped and everyone is trying to find him. This episode was filled with revelations and just about made me dislike Clary's mother and Alec. Alec is stubborn as always. They both got on my nerves this entire episode. This episode made me also realize that I love Izzy. She truly is an amazing person trying to make Clary feel better throughout this episode and she is truly a good friend. Clary also went through some obstacle about how she never wanted this life and just wants a normal life. Simon and Magnus are funny as per usual. Valentine is just mean as you can imagine. The scenes are beginning to be more gory and it truly made this whole episode have this creepy vibe. New things have been exposed and introduced in this episode and I can't say much or else I might spoil something. The ending was MARVELOUS. So I highly suggest you watch this! Shadowhunters airs on Mondays on Freeform 8/7c.
 


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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Blog Tour: You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando - Review + Giveaway

Hello everyone! Today I am bringing you all the You Don't Know My Name blog tour. I will be doing a review of this book but before that, here's some details about the book and author.

You Don't Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles #1)
Author: Kristen Orlando
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | iBooks
Fighter, Faker, Student, Spy.

Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan.

Now Reagan has to decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she's always wanted? And does she even have a choice at all?

Find out if you are ready to join the Black Angels in the captivating and emotional page-turner, You Don't Know My Name, from debut novelist Kristen Orlando!

About the Author
Writing is one of the great loves of my life (with bacon mac and cheese, Netflix binges and PJs also in the mix). My childhood in Columbus, Ohio was spent reading every single Baby-Sitter’s Club book ever written and acting out imaginary tragedies in my room (complete with costumes and props) until a really embarrassing age. I started writing plays for my younger cousins as soon as they were all old enough to act (The Spoiled Princess may be a personal favorite) and haven’t stopped writing since. After graduating from Kenyon College with a B.A. in English Literature, I’ve been lucky enough to make writing my career; first as a television producer, then as a marketer and now as a novelist.
Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads

REVIEW
I was originally interested in this book because it was going to be published by Swoon Reads (okay, I guess I was a bit biased thinking that but all the books Swoon Reads publishes are amazing!) but after reading the blurb, I was really interested in this.

This story is contemporary which is a genre I'm still pretty new to, but I love how this isn't all just about the romance part. It has a nice thriller vibe to it because of the spies in it. Well, I guess it's not a vibe but who cares... Anyway, what I really love about the spy aspect is that Kristen Orlando showed Elizabeth having anxiety and panic attacks because to me it makes it more real. I feel like whenever I read a book with an awesome protagonist who is trained as a killer or has the skills of one, you just see that part of them and you never know if they ever get anything like anxiety from any traumatic events they go through. Something else that made me really love this book is the BFF trope in it. I admit I am a sucker for those (because it's so cute!).

I loved reading this book and could not put it down (except when I had to, life calls I guess...). I definitely cannot wait for the sequel to come out now!

(PS random fact but this is only the second book I have read so far this year!)

Tour Schedule
Week One:
1/2/2017- BookHounds YA- Interview
1/3/2017- A Gingerly Review- Review
1/4/2017- Novel Novice- Guest Post
1/5/2017- YA Book Nerd- Review
1/6/2017- Brittany's Book Rambles-

Week Two:
1/9/2017- Ohana Reads- Review
1/10/2017- Curling Up With A Good Book- Excerpt
1/11/2017- Bookwyrming Thoughts- Review
1/12/2017- The Cover Contessa- Interview
1/13/2017- I Heart Romance & YA- Review

Giveaway!
3 winners will receive a signed finished copy of You Don't Know My Name, US only (sorry int'l folks!)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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The Black Mage series by Rachel E. Carter Cover Reveals

Hello everyone! Sorry today is a late post but I'm doing a cover reveal (well more like relaunch) today. The books I'm revealing the cover for are being republished with the exception of the last book which comes out in February. This series is definitely one of my favorites so lets get to it.

Here's a little bit of information first.


Now to the books. I'd like to show the old covers and their summaries first so here you go:

      
First Year (The Black Mage #1)
Summary: Magic. Romance. Rivals. Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Falling Kingdoms, and Tamora Pierce. Before the age of seventeen, the young men and women of Jerar are given a choice —pursue a trade or enroll in a trial year in one of the realm’s three war schools to study as a soldier, knight, or mage… For fifteen-year-old Ryiah, the choice has always been easy. Become a mage and train in Combat, the most prestigious faction of magic. Yet when she arrives, Ry finds herself competing against friend and foe for one of the exalted apprenticeships. Everyone is rooting for her to fail—first and foremost among them is Prince Darren, the school prodigy who has done nothing but make life miserable since she arrived. Will she survive, or will her dream go down in flames?

Apprentice (The Black Mage #2)
Summary: She survived a trial year at the Academy of Magic, but that was the easy part… Now sixteen-year-old Ryiah is an apprentice of Combat, her school’s most notorious faction. When she finishes, she will be a war mage, but in order to do so, she has to survive four years traveling across Jerar, training with a master she hates, her old nemesis, Priscilla, and Prince Darren, her sometimes-rival sometimes… more? Ry’s new apprenticeship is nothing like what she prepared for. War is on the horizon and her lessons aren’t just for practice anymore. It’s time to fight.

Candidate (The Black Mage #3)
Summary: Welcome to the Candidacy. Where dreams go to die. Twenty-year-old Ryiah is a black mage of Combat, but she’s not the Black Mage. Yet. She’s had her eyes on the legendary robe for as long as she can remember, and in just one year, she will have a chance at her country’s prestigious—and only—tourney for war mages... Too bad she is going up against a certain prince—the one person she has yet to beat. The Candidacy finally arrives and a winner is robed, but something dark is lurking in her kingdom’s midst. Rival nations are closing in, and it’s time to make an alliance. Unfortunately for Ryiah, that’s only the beginning. The worst enemy resides in the palace.

Last Stand (The Black Mage #4)
Summary: He’s the Black Mage and she’s the traitor to the Crown. Ryiah’s world was shattered the night she discovered King Blayne’s nefarious plans. Now, she has to betray the one she loves most in order to save the realm from war. Torn between love and duty, Ry finds herself on a perilous mission to help the rebels and convince the kingdom of Pythus not to honor its pact with the corrupt king of Jerar—all the while deceiving the most powerful mage in the realm, the very man sworn to protect the Crown and hunt the rebels at all costs: her husband. She’s one step ahead, but sooner or later the curtain will fall. Sooner or later, she’ll have to fight. Witness the epic conclusion of The Black Mage series, and see just how far one girl will go to save her kingdom and the boy she loves—even when that boy has become the enemy.


Alright, now that you've seen the books and know what they are about, here's the new and improved covers! (Non-Heir is the prequel to this amazing series!)
        

I cannot wait until these covers go live (not including Non-Heir)! What do you think of them?


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Monday, January 9, 2017

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Fantastically Diverse Read-A-Thon TBR

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Hi guys! Today I'm going to be adding my TBR for Books.Bags.Burgers.'s read-a-thon. Click on the banner above to go to the master post and read all the details about it! I might also try to get Soph and/or Lupe to join but if not, oh well. They're busy being college students and I'm still stuck in grade school. So let's get right into it :)

I'm going to try for level 2 (around the world twice) so let's see how this goes!

TBR
❤ As the name implies, the Protagonist/ Main character should be a person of color. (The other characters in the story may or may not fall under the category of PoC)

       

❤ This includes retellings of non-western myths and legends such as Alladin, 1001 Nights etc.
     

❤ The Protagonists have to belong to the LGBTQ category.
     

❤ As the name implies, not just the protagonist but there are other PoC characters too. NOT EVERY character has to be a PoC but a majority of the characters need to fall under the category. (Most of the fantasy books set in a non western setting will fall under this category)
     

❤ Diverse Fantasy meant for middle grade
     

❤ The book must feature a disabled character (not a background character but a prominent character). The disability could be physical as well as intellectual or developmental. This also includes mental illnesses and PTSD.
     

❤ Go ahead and pick up any diverse fantasy book from your TBR. This will help you get to tackling your TBR too!
     

So that's my TBR guys. What are some diverse books on you guys' TBR? Are you going to join in on this read-a-thon (please do!)? Welp, guess I gotta go to the library now to get some of these!


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