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Monday, February 29, 2016

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Leaping Through Time: Where Would Sophia Go?

Maybe this apocalypse fever is finally breaking.

Happy Leap Day! Since this is a semi-rare occurrence in my blogging career, I'm obviously not planning on missing out on posting today (because hellooooo, I might not be around blogging wise four years from now).

And as the first sentence, and the post title, suggests, this is definitely not a post in relation to the apocalypse. This post has something to do with time traveling! Hooray!
Unfortunately, there's not much I can actually do with time travel unless I actually have the ability to travel time. But for this post, let's assume that I have the ability to time travel. In fact, since today is Leap Day, let's just pretend everyone has the ability to leap across time.

I also imagine Ella protesting about not being invited to contribute to this discussion because as she likes to say, she's a history nut.

In time travel, there's plenty of history related things we can do, so open up the history books, turn to page 9 and ¾, and let's go for a few leaps through time.

Present Day
Our very first stop is good old modern day with technology and blogging. You probably know what happens here and uh... I wouldn't want to visit today. Or this year, for that matter, because I just hate politics. Did I really have to turn eighteen this year?

1800s London
Home of the Steampunks. If I had to wear any type of fashion torture device, I would choose corsets over heels. Heels make me fall. Corsets do not make me fall.

The Sinking of the Titanic
Even though I exist a century later for Titanic 2.0, I am obviously not interested on being aboard because the second version is a replica (and really, I think it's a bit of a bad idea to play with fate like that). Everything from Titanic 1.0 is going to be the same in 2.0 aside from the hopeful ability of not sinking or crashing into an iceberg like the first one and the destinations are definitely not the same.
I'll be sure to be on deck and close to a lifeboat.

Post World War II in Amsterdam
Aside from the sinking of the Titanic, World War II is another period in history that I'm deeply fascinated in for some really weird and possibly twisted reason I don't know. Do I even want to know?

Anyways... I've always wanted to see the Anne Frank House.

Pompeii
Eh... why not? (Obviously before it blows up.)
Ancient Rome
Only when Rome was a thriving empire, not when it was starting to fall apart into two separate empires. I really think I'm just interested in seeing the architecture there.
Library in Egypt
Yep! The one during Alexander the Great's time in Cairo or Alexandria in Egypt. I have a sad memory when it comes to history sometimes.
The Renaissance in Italy
Let's fast forward centuries into Italy, where we basically revive Greek and Roman techniques... right?

Anyways, sad history memory aside, BEST. ARTWORKS. EVER. DaVinci, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo....

2012
I'm obviously not going to be in the history books, but I sometimes want to go back in time to my early blogging self and reprimand her for all the mistakes and embarrassments that happened.
Back to Present Day
Only so I can continue living my life.

All right, travelers, it's your turn. When and where would you travel to?

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Friday, February 26, 2016

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Fangirl Friday: Shadowhunters Ep. 4-7 Review/Recap, Cover Reveal, Guest Post, and Giveaway

Hey guys!

It's been a great month for the Shadowhunters TV Show. Let me tell you that this show just got INTENSE and honestly, this show is really growing on me. Let's do a small recap shall we?

Episode 4: Raising Hell


Really, this episode was about how Alec is annoyed that Jace keeps helping Clary in trying to track down her memories. They also meet Mr. Magnus Bane and my god, did he make me laugh with all of his attitude. He really has a great sense of humor! Oh and Simon was acting strangely all throughout this episode.

Episode 5: Moo Shu to Go

This episode really kicked it up a notch. I was surprised with the way this show is going. Alec was left in charge of protecting or might I say "babysitting" Clary while Jace and Isabelle go on a different mission. It all really ended up with Clary running away and doing her own thing, and just be threatened by a werewolf pack. I swear, like everyone in this world wants the dang mortal cup. Oh yeah, Luke (Do you remember that guy?) comes back.

Episode 6: Of Men and Angels

Guys, this episode just made me angry. Mostly because of how Mrs. Lightwood treats her daughter, Isabelle. Like C'mon that chick needs to loosen up a bit. Anyway... that's beside the point. Since Luke killed the leader of the world pack, he is now the Alpha. Luke is in danger and Clary and the rest of the crew, including Magnus, work together to help Luke. Clary also finds out more about the Valentine's past as well as Luke's and her mother's past. All while Alec and Isabelle tries to find a way to restore their family name to the Clave. Gosh how much I despise the Clave.

Episode 7: Major Arcana

FINALLY! FINALLY! FINALLY!
Clary knows how to get the cup but she will have to work for it in order to retrieve. Of course they will stumble upon tough situations. Life isn't THAT easy. Oh and poor Simon. His symptoms of becoming a vampire is getting worse. Oh and Magnus is really hitting on Alec and I couldn't help but laugh at the way Magnus flirts with Alec. Not gonna lie, it's the things Magnus says that I look forward to in every episode.


What a great month for Shadowhunters right? I highly recommend you guys keep watching it and I'm glad I gave it a few more episodes. I am really starting to like this show more and more every week! It's not exactly like the book and really not the same like the movie but hey, this show is doing it's own thing and I appreciate it.

Cover Reveal


Title: Water's Wrath
Series: Air Awakens #4
Author: Elise Kova
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Pre-Order Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Amazon UK

Synopsis:

Librarian turned sorcerer. Sorcerer turned hero. Hero turned puppet. The Solaris Empire found victory in the North and, at the cost of her heart and her innocence, Vhalla Yarl has earned her freedom. But the true fight is only beginning as the secret forces that have been lurking in the shadows, tugging at the strings of Vhalla’s fate, finally come to light. Nowhere is safe, and Vhalla must tread carefully or else she’ll fall into the waiting arms of her greatest foe. Or former lover.


Exclusive: Elise Kova's Thoughts on the Covers’ Symbolism So Far

Six months ago, almost to the day, Air Awakens came out. It was my debut novel as an independent author, no publisher and no agent behind me, and I had no idea what would come of it. Now, six months later, I can’t believe I’m revealing the cover on the fourth book of the Air Awakens series. I say every cover is my favorite, because it gets harder and harder to pick. Each of the covers, in their own way, has been perfect for the book they belong with. My cover artist, Merilliza Chan, is amazing at taking direction and incorporating my suggestions. Part of why each cover is perfect is because there are little hints, teasers, and call-outs to the story within. Without giving too many spoilers, here’s a couple notes on each of the Air Awakens covers so far!

Air Awakens

First off, notice how Vhalla’s sash is black. In the book, the sash that goes with her apprentice robes is cerulean. This, combined with her robes slowly turning black around the back of the cover is indicative of sorcery making a mark on her. But she hasn’t yet committed, she has yet to don all-black robes. The wind in her hair and sense of movement is a call-out to her affinity. The book in her hands, is representative of three things: her work in the library, the book she exchanges notes in, and the book she brings to the garden. Which, speaking of, the roses around her… well, if you’ve read the book you know what, or who, those are meant to symbolize. But I told Meril I wanted something ominous, something wicked about them. And the thorns going through them were perfect!


Fire Falling

Here is the first cover we see our dark prince on. Fire Falling is named after three incidents in the book… When Aldrik falls to his knees before Vhalla in the Crossroads, the Rites of the FALLen in the Crossroads for another, and the end of the book. Since two of the three aspects of the title of the book related to Aldrik it was only natural that he had to be on the cover. In Fire Falling, Aldrik is beginning to function as a guiding force for Vhalla and, on the cover, he’s looking over his shoulder at her. He can’t openly admit to their association. Vhalla’s eyes are glowing orange and she’s alight, immersed in flame. This was done to symbolize their Bond and Joining. That not only can his flames not harm her, but that he is connected on a mental and magical level. She is also wearing the armor Aldrik crafted for her.

Earth's End

Now, the symbolism is beginning to get heavy. Vhalla is alone again on the cover, venturing into the wilderness. She’s almost facing the camera, symbolizing how she is growing into her own and becoming a more realized person. In the sky above her is a fire bird. We literally see this formed in the book, but it also is symbolic of a phoenix, rising from its own ashes. I think this works for Vhalla and Aldrik in their own ways through Earth’s End. The cloak she’s wearing is the one she receives from Tim with slash marks. The watch in her hand was gifted to her. And, in her other hand, we see a special sort of magic… Finally, one other note… Carved into a tree that’s on the back of printed books is a symbol – that is actually the symbol of Shaldan!



About the Author

Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she's honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she's currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of "geekdom." She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook (/AuthorEliseKova). Visit her website, EliseKova.com/, for news and extras about her books!

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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Review: Gambit by C.L. Denault

Gambit C.L. Denault

The Prodigy Chronicles #1
Author:
C.L. Denault
Publication Date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: REUTS Publications
Reviewer: Sophia

In Earth’s battle-ridden future, humans have evolved. Those with extraordinary skills rise to power and fame. Those without live in poverty.

Sixteen-year-old Willow Kent believed she was normal. But when a genetically-advanced military officer shows up in her village and questions her identity, long-buried secrets begin to emerge. With remarkable skills and a shocking genetic code the Core and its enemies will do anything to obtain, Willow suddenly finds the freedom she craves slipping through her fingers. Greed, corruption, and genetic tampering threaten every aspect of her existence as she’s thrust, unwilling, into the sophisticated culture of the elite Core city. To ensure peace, she must leave the past behind, marry a man she’s never met, and submit to the authority of a relentless officer with a hidden agenda of his own.

Her life has become a dangerous game. How much will she sacrifice in order to win?
Review copy provided by the author via Xpresso Book Tours – thanks!

Okay, time to get my little reviewing gears oiled up again....

It's temporary. I'll be back in April, I still exist for Novel Newcomers, funny little posts about the apocalypse (it is breaking, though) and whatnot, and Waiting on Wednesday posts over at In Wonderland. I'M STILL ALIVE, OKAY?

But I still have to get one or two reviews out the door before a couple people come after me with poisonous cookies (just the priority deadlines... I'm late with Netgalley and I've "banned" myself).

Moving on.

Gambit is one of those books that are slow, but the slow feel of the book fits with the plot decently. Willow Kent, the main character, lives in a world where people with extraordinary powers live good lives in the Core (analogize it to the Capitol in the Hunger Games, if you will) and those without live in poverty. She doesn't really know much about her childhood aside from the fact she got left with a family and adopted by them at a really young age, and it remains that way until a Core officer discovers she is really a lost heiress and strives to bring her back to her original family.

Nearly half the book is located in a small village where Willow grows up in – trading items is a thing, messengers traveling from the Core and back exist, and it's basically back to the old fashioned world where wearing a swimming suit is bad for ladies (because perverts). The characters in the villages have the weirdest character names I've ever seen, like Patchie and Temsik – Temsik doesn't bother me as much as Patchie does. As for the Core... I'm not too sure about that one yet.

Every once in a while a name I've heard of actually pops up, like Willow, for instance. Willow has a fire in her that I like for some reason – she's fierce, stubborn, and there's definitely some humor in her snark, especially towards Commander Reece (she's like a ball trying to bounce at the wall that won't budge).

The other half of the book is dedicated to a small portion of the Core where Willow was supposed to have grown up in. Although it's only one particular area and then some more, Denault gives enough information that gives a good idea on what the rest of the Core is really like. Blinds don't exist and it's the coolest technology ever. I personally think Willow will do perfectly fine harnessing the reins of the Core from the way she negotiates.

The first of the Prodigy Chronicles is a slow first book as Willow transitions from village life to Core life, but Denault is fantastic at not boring the readers with her writing – Gambit has a lightheartedness to it that I really enjoyed and it seems to promise of better things and more action further in the sequels.

4 Owls

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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On Blogging Organization: Finding the Time to Read

I don't have a reading schedule.
I wing my reading as much as Lupe, Ella, and I wing our post scheduling for plenty of reasons.
  1. My work schedule is Willy Wonka on paper. There's no way I'll know ahead of time when I'm on and when I'm off. Now, however... I think I know ahead of time, but it's not exactly... confirmed until the schedule is actually up.
  2. I'm a student. I'm also one of those weirdos who do their homework at the last minute. In a really odd way, I end up finding the time to actually do what I really need to do.
  3. At any moment I can get called into work. It ruins my reading time.
All reading schedules I attempt to make are basically outlines for me to get a fabulous idea on what I need to read next. Besides, I don't read one book at a time either, I read between three to five books at one time – in fact, the most I've read at one time is seven (that went down to four books really quickly).

A very mad thing for me to do, but when I have required reading and want to do my own reading all at the same time, I had to learn early on that reading multiple books was the way to go to keep my own sanity and good grades (unless it's a biblical question in relation to the book, which I always, always fail).
Of course, that only applies during the school year. It's worked decently in my high school years, but I'm not exactly sure how this will change in college (maybe I will be able to make a reading schedule by then, or I'll be so busy I won't even have time to read and all I'll chug out are discussions).

In the summer (and during breaks), however....

I still wing it. I read between one to three books at one time. Physical books are almost always my own choosing. I can't always focus on reading ARCs and review copies around the clock – blogging would be boring by that point! It's also one of the main reasons why I only accept electronic copies for review. (Okay, now I accept physical copies, but on a case-by-case basis.)

I definitely have a schedule in place, but I don't actually follow it strictly. The reading schedule is simply an outline of what I plan on doing each particular day – what I'm reading, when I'm writing reviews, when I work, when I catch up with reading, when I get to fool around and do whatever I want within the lawfully abiding premises.
I find it perfectly okay for me to break my own schedule of my own will – I might be ahead, I might be behind, and I'm okay with that. Have I mentioned I'm no seer?

And if I don't actually have the time during the day to read, I take about thirty minutes to an hour after everyone else goes to sleep before I pull out my tablet and read.

Problem: I gradually lose sleep. I'm one of those people who has to sleep – a lot. Six hours or eight hours allow me to operate, but I'll be yawning on and off all day long. It's not until I get nine or ten hours of sleep that I'm actually decent enough not to yawn all day long.
Anyways, I do my nightly reading every other week. One week I stay up late and read – don't tell my mother – and the next week I actually sleep. The cycle then repeats. I don't necessarily follow this cycle all the time. It all depends if I'm feeling awake or not. Better than staring at the ceiling for three hours.

So here's my ultimatum: you don't necessarily need a reading schedule to organize yourself. Use a reading schedule as an outline. Be sure to keep important dates in mind, especially when it comes to ARCs (in my case, I try, but I end up getting behind by a few months). Also, reading schedules aren't necessarily for everyone. Give it a go, see if it works out, and wing it if it doesn't. ^o^

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Monday, February 22, 2016

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Novel Newcomers: A Guest Post with Rachel

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Hello everyone, and Happy Monday!

Welcome to another Novel Newcomers - the second of awesome guest posts from bloggers who started last year. Last week, Nori featured favorite book quotes written by Jaime @ Books and Ladders. This week, we have Rachel from Go Read a Book taking over Bookwyrming Thoughts for the day. :)

Top 10 Reasons Why I Started a Book Blog

I'm excited to be involved in this awesome feature! I wanted to share ten reasons why I became a book blogger. Some of these are more like perks to being one and some of them run together a little bit. Oh well, I thought it would be a good post to showcase why I wanted to be involved in the community in the first place. 

1. To share my book recommendations

There's tons of books that I feel should be required reading for people, and blogging gives you an outlet to share your favorites. It really blew my mind how awesome and big the Top Ten Tuesday feature from The Broke and the Bookish is in the community. People love lists and recommendations.

2. I love writing

I've always been the type of person who loves creating characters and stories. I started blogging my random thoughts about four or five years ago. I included some bookish recs, but it still wasn't completely book centered.

3. Meeting new friends! 

This one goes without saying and I'm sure that's a common reason why countless other book bloggers joined the community. However, it's still an important one. Having the chance to meet people through blogging and also tweeting about books on Twitter is a great feeling.

4. Communicating with my favorite authors

I tend to do this more through Twitter and not my blog. Nevertheless, I wouldn't being doing it in the first place without having a book blog.

5. Attending bookish events

I wouldn't know about so many book events without being a blogger. Though I haven't had a chance to attend any yet, it's still nice to know more about them.

6. Having a space to be creative 

It's fabulous to have a corner of the internet where you can truly express yourself. You can be as creative and weird as you want to be. I just love knowing that.

7. Sharing my favorite book boyfriends

Honestly, this was a big reason why I started blogging. I started reading so many books filled with swoony boys and I wanted to share my thoughts with other people.

8. Getting to take part in features 

I love features like Waiting On Wednesday, Sunday Post, and Top Ten Tuesday. I don't always get to participate in all of these, but it's nice to know that the option is always there. This is definitely more of a perk since it wasn't something that I considered when I did start blogging. But I still enjoy this aspect of being a book blogger!

9. Having the opportunity to share giveaways 

Okay, so I'm going crazy with the perks here. I like being able to host giveaways on my blog. Even better is when I participate in giveaway hops and get to share it with other people.

10. Looking up to other bloggers

This probably should be at the top of my list. I was just afraid it ran together with some of the others. A big reason why I wanted to blog was from reading other blogs. I would see everything that they were sharing: recs, reviews, interviews, creative features, and I wanted to follow in their footsteps.

For more of Rachel's posts and whatnot, you can find her at Go Read A Book, Twitter, and Goodreads! Stop by ReadWriteLove28 next Monday for an interview with several bloggers! :)

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Friday, February 19, 2016

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Fangirl Friday: Harper Summer 2016 Tour Presents The Blood Between Us by Zac Brewer

Hello and happy Friday!

Instead of this week, I decided to give Lupe a run for her enthusiastic screaming (hey, she deserves a break) to make room for the Harper Summer 2016 tour hosted by the fabulous Hannah over at Irish Banana, where each stop will be showcasing a book publishing in the next few months (yay!).

Okay, let me backtrack just a little.

The book I'm showcasing today fits perfectly into Fangirl Friday – this is exactly why I'm filing this under the category – because it's written by a local author and I'm a HUGE fan of his books (along with a few other local authors as well, but the spotlight's on one author today). My fangirling during sign ups for this author and another author wasn't exactly coherent behind extremely sensible words, but Hannah took it in her usual fabulous stride. More yay!
Fangirl Friday The Harper Summer 2016 Tour presents...
written by the fabulous Zac Brewer!
Let's take a moment to goggle at the cover before I reveal all other information. Am I weird to have a fondness for what looks to be shattered glass?

Family secrets turn deadly in this edgy page-turner about the insidious limits of labels and the ties that bind just a little too tightly, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod.
Growing up, Adrien and his sister, Grace, competed viciously for everything. It wasn’t easy being the adopted sibling, but Adrien tried to get along; it was Grace who didn’t want anything to do with him. When their scientist parents died in a terrible lab fire, there was nothing left to hold them together.
Now, after years apart, Adrien and Grace are forced to reunite at the elite boarding school where their parents were teachers. Being back around everyone he used to know makes Adrien question the person he’s become, while being back around Grace makes him feel like someone he doesn’t want to be.
For as much as Adrien wants to move on, someone seems determined to reopen old wounds. And when Adrien starts to suspect that Grace knows more about their parents’ deaths than she let on, he realizes there are some wounds no amount of time can heal. If Adrien isn’t careful, they may even kill him.

Pre-Order Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Be sure to stop by the other blogs involved in this tour and enter in the two giveaways running throughout the duration of the tour, along with a special giveaway on February 29th!

Plus, there's a couple of Facebook Chats that you can join and talk to some of the authors who are being featured on this tour! I guess that makes it three giveaways.

Wait. Four.

Please note that ALL of these giveaways are US ONLY. Except for the last one of course. That one is international and sponsored by yours truly. ^o^

(Oh, gee. This is when the blog breaks down, isn't it? There's a few embedded objects coming your way, so be aware!)

Prize 1: A Harper Teen Summer 2016 Catalog prizepack of 45 books
Titles not included: The Crown by Kiera Cass, Escape from Asylum by Madeline Roux, Sing by Vivi Greene, The Countdown by Kimberly Derting, & United As One by Pittacus Lore
In addition to the one massive prize winner, we will also have 4 winners who will be able to select 3 titles they want from the Summer 2016 Catalog.

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Prize 2: 5 Finished Copies from the Harper Teen Winter 2016 Catalog
Titles Included: Front Lines by Michael Grant, Revenge & the Wild by Michelle Modesto, The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks, Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin, & The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Okay, this one is not an embedded object. But the next one is. Anyways... for a chance to win these five books, collect the daily word from each blog stop during the Harper Summer 2016 – there's a total of fifty – and email the complete saying to HarperTeenTour@gmail.com!

For today's daily word, be sure to check out today's riddle! And do check out the rules below because it would be absolutely devastating to be disqualified. :)
  1. Winner must have a valid US mailing address to receive the prize
  2. Winner must be over 13
  3. Only one (1) entry per person for Prize #2 – duplicates will be deleted.
  4. Only a completed phrase will be accepted as an entry – do not email each word/phrase daily. Wait until you have the complete saying and then email in.
  5. All email submissions must be received by 11:59 PM EST 3/31/2016.
  6. Winners will be selected 4/1/2016 and will have 48 hours to claim their prize before another is selected.
  7. Participating blogs and bloggers are not responsible for unsent, damaged, and/or stolen prizes offered by the publisher.
Today's Riddle: What word stands out and appears numerous times throughout?

Prize 3: Leap Year Giveaway – 4 of the most anticipated ARCs from Summer 2016
Books Included: My Lady Jane, Ivory & Bone, The Crown's Game and This Savage Song

This giveaway will not be open until February 29, 2016 and will ONLY be open for 24 hours. Winner will be chosen on March 1, 2016.

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Prize 4: Finished copy of The Blood Between Us and any book featured in the Harper Summer 2016 tour
Disclaimer: The author and publisher are in no way associated with this particular giveaway (#4). They are also not responsible for unsent, damaged, and/or stolen books. All books in this giveaway are ordered through Amazon.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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Waiting on Wednesday: Burning Glass, Heartless, and Rebel in the Sands

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Happy Wednesday everybody!

This week, Sophia is waiting on Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie, Lupe is choosing Heartless by Marissa Meyer and I'm choosing Rebel in the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton!

23677316Title: Burning Glass (Burning Glass #1)
Author: Kathryn Purdie
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books


Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.



18584855Title: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: November 8th, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.



24934065Title: Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1)
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Publication Date: March 8th, 2016
Publisher: Penguin

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.




Your turn! Tell us what you're waiting on this week! Also can we just admire the fact that all the covers in this post are drop dead GORGEOUS?!

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Monday, February 15, 2016

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Things You Should Never Tell Bosses (Not That They Have Comebacks, though...)

Happy President's Day, and welcome to the first gaming post of the year, inspired by Vanessa @ The Untold Spiral's recent post about 25 A Boss Would Never Say Aloud. This particular post, however, focuses on the other end of the spectrum: Things You Should Never Tell Bosses.

1. "I'M BACKKKKKKK."

2. "You have something I want and I'm going to fight until you relinquish your hold."

3. "You have the cheesiest cheats I've ever encountered."

4.  "All plans to take over the spiral will be put to a stop right here, right now."

5. "I have far more powerful reinforcements to back me up."


6. "Every day, someone beats you to a bloody pulp."

7. "You will NEVER succeed!"

8. "I have mana burn. Your auras will not last long."

9. "Don't underestimate my measly little health."

10. "You were never born – you were created, and you have been set up to fail from that first moment."

11. "I thought you were more powerful than this."

12. "I have a pet that can do cool tricks!"

13. "I need gold and you're the best person to get it from."

14. "I came to visit. How does that make you feel?"

15. "Looks can be deceiving." *sing songs* "Now watch me whip... and watch me cast a deadly blow."

16. "Just trying to get the infamous One in a Million badge."

17. "All talk and no walk. Smh."

18. "How long have you been in this place again?"

19. "I wish I could get you out, but it turns out we have a bit of a disagreement."

20. "There are no negotiations, no compromises, and certainly no arguments. That means no ifs, ands, or buts."

21. *sing songs* "Ashes, ashes, you all go down!"

What should you never say to a boss?

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

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Fictional Boys We Would Save In An Apocalypse

Happy Valentine's Day!

We're teaming up once again to bring the world yet another [hopefully fun] list - this time we're sharing a handful of fictional boys we would save in an apocalypse (should it ever occur).
Who Would Sophia Save?
  • Robin Goodfellow (Puck) from The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
  • James (Jem) Carstairs from The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare
  • William (Will) Herondale from The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare
  • Kim from the Katana trilogy by Cole Gibsen
  • Leo from The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
Who Would Lupe Save?
  • Tobias (Four) Eaton from Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
  • Adrian Ivashkov from Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
  • Dmitri Belikov from Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
  • Warner from Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi
  • William from Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Who would you save in the apocalypse? And don't stress about it if you would save any fictional boys we have in common - the more, the merrier, and the more likely the chance of that character being saved. Let us know in the comments below! :)

 
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