A Fantasy Series that Must Be Read

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A Fantasy Series that Must Be ReadThe Burning Sky
by Sherry Thomas

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Published by: Harper Collins on September 17, 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 496
Source: ARC from Publisher
My Rating: five-stars

NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning.

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she's been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.

Guided by his mother's visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.

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By Sherry Thomas

After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother’s prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.

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What do you get when you combine a unique magical kingdom with terrible prophecies, spine tingling romance, dangerous creatures, cross dressing at an all-boys boarding school and… fairy tales? You get a brand new series that you won’t want to miss, that’s what!
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The Saddest Book Review Ever: Talon by Julie Kagawa

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The Saddest Book Review Ever: Talon by Julie KagawaTalon
by Julie Kagawa

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Published by: Harlequin on November 4, 2014
Genres: Animals, Dragons, Unicorns & Mythical, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Love Triangle, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: ARC from BEA
My Rating: two-stars

NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.
header-book-review animated-gif-liv-taylor-lotrI stand before you, still wallowing in the tears that began to flow from my eyes while reading TALON by Julie Kagawa. No, they were not tears of sadness due to the emotional level of the story. More-so, they were tears of sadness because of the complete loss of (the apparently much-too-high) hopes, dreams and expectations that I’d held for this book.

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Deceived by the Hype Monster!

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Deceived.

That is how I’m feeling right now…
Or more like: Sheepish. Put in my place. Stooged.

I recently fell victim to the Hype Monster. And HARD.

Has that ever happened to you?

Imagine this scenario: A new book has just been announced. You may have read the author’s previous novels and have sung their praises every step of the way… Or let’s say there’s a soon-to-be-released book by a debut author which has all the publications, news sources, bloggers and your father’s second cousin twice removed buzzing. Of course the whole world is going to go ga-ga over it, right? Even though the book hasn’t even been freaking released yet? Still, you would do anything - anything, shy of stealing or committing mass genocide - just to get your greedy little hands on the book…

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (+ Giveaway!)

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I’ve (kinda) gotten the blogging itch once again… I know, I know. I’m such a fickle, fickle little person who can’t seem to commit either way. But this past month or so I have read a number of books that I want to talk about to some degree. The thought of composing posts for each book individually is so overwhelming it makes me want to crawl back into my blogging hibernation cave and hug my knees close while rocking back and forward spouting crazy mumbo-jumbo.

So here I am, giving you a *quick* mish-mashed post full of various thoughts about a month’s worth of reading. If I can convince you to check out (or avoid) a book or two, then my job here is done.
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Book Alert: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

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Book Alert: The Glass Arrow by Kristen SimmonsThe Glass Arrow
by Kristen Simmons

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Published by: Tor Teen on 2015-02-10
Genres: Dystopian, Girls & Women, Romance, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Source: ARC from Author
My Rating: five-stars

NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.

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I return from my blogging hiatus to bring you this message:
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