Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Book Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Type: Stand-Alone
Genre: Mythology, Fantasy
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Hardcover // Amazon
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Summary:  Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

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. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Book Review: Sky Key by James Frey (Endgame #2)

Type: Trilogy
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Hardcover // Amazon
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Summary:  The sequel to the New York Times bestseller and international multimedia phenomenon, Endgame: The Calling.

Endgame is here. Earth Key has been found. Two keys—and nine Players—remain. The keys must be found, and only one Player can win.

Queens, New York. Aisling Kopp believes the unthinkable: that Endgame can be stopped. But before she can get home to regroup, she is approached by the CIA. They know about Endgame. And they have their own ideas about how it should be Played. Ideas that could change everything.

Kingdom of Aksum, Ethiopia. Hilal ibn Isa al-Salt narrowly survived an attack that leaves him horribly disfigured. He now knows something the other Players do not. But the Aksumites have a secret that is unique to their line. A secret that can help redeem humanity—and maybe even be used to help defeat the beings behind Endgame.

London, England. Sarah Alopay has found the first key. She is with Jago—and they are winning.But getting Earth Key has come at a great cost to Sarah. The only thing that keeps the demons at bay is Playing. Playing to win.

Sky Key—wherever it is, whatever it is—is next. And the nine remaining Players will stop at nothing to get it.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Release Day Blitz: ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard w/ Giveaway!

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Early Review: The Cursed Queen (The Impostor Queen #2) by Sarah Fine

Type: Trilogy
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: ARC from Publisher
Where To Get It: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository  

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Summary:  Ansa has always been a fighter.

As a child, she fought the invaders who murdered her parents and snatched her as a raid prize. She fought for her place next to Thyra, the daughter of the Krigere Chieftain. She fought for her status as a warrior in her tribe: blood and victory are her way of life. But the day her Krigere cross the great lake and threaten the witch queen of the Kupari, everything changes.

Cursed by the queen with fire and ice, Ansa is forced to fight against an invisible enemy—the dark magic that has embedded itself deep in her bones. The more she seeks to hide it, the more dangerous it becomes. And with the Krigere numbers decimated and the tribe under threat from the traitorous brother of the dead Chieftain, Ansa is torn between her loyalty to the Krigere, her love for Thyra, and her own survival instincts.

With her world in chaos and each side wanting to claim her for their own, only one thing is certain: unless Ansa can control the terrible magic inside her, everything she’s fought for will be destroyed.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Book Review: If We Were a Movie by Kelly Oram

Type: Stand-Alone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Bluefields
Source: E-Book
Where To Get It: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository

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Summary:  Music meets Movies in this sweet college romance from the bestselling author of Cinder & Ella. 

NYU freshman Nate Anderson is a triplet who is desperate to escape his wild and crazy brothers. After they screw things up for him one too many times, Nate flees his housing situation and takes the first available room for rent as far from his brothers as he can get. 

Enter his new roommate Jordan--a quirky LA girl who believes that everything in life has already been done in the movies. In this heartfelt tale of love, friendship and family, Nate learns how to deal with his new adult life using Hollywood films as a guide.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Book Review: The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu

Type: Trilogy
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Publisher:  G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Summary: The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu.

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina's story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Book Review: The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh

Type: Duology
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Source: Hardcover // Amazon
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Summary:  The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as "a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't
yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within
her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young
man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Book Review: The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

Type: Stand-Alone
Genre: Contemporary, Stand-Alone
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Source: Review copy from NetGalley
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Summary:  A whip-smart, heart-wrenching debut YA novel about first love, first loss, and filmmaking that will delight fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer Niven

In the movie version of Amelia’s life, the roles have always been clear. Her older brother, Toby: definitely the Star. As popular with the stoners as he is with the cheerleaders, Toby is someone you’d pay ten bucks to watch sweep Battle of the Bands and build a “beach party” in the bathroom. As for Amelia? She’s Toby Anderson’s Younger Sister. She’s perfectly happy to watch Toby’s hijinks from the sidelines, when she’s not engrossed in one of her elaborately themed Netflix movie marathons. 

But recently Toby’s been acting in a very non-movie-version way. He’s stopped hanging out with his horde of friends and started obsessively journaling and disappearing for days at a time. Amelia doesn’t know what’s happened to her awesome older brother, or who this strange actor is that’s taken his place. And there’s someone else pulling at her attention: a smart, cute new boyfriend who wants to know the real Amelia—not Toby’s Sidekick. Amelia feels adrift without her star, but to best help Toby—and herself—it might be time to cast a new role: Amelia Anderson, leading lady.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Book Review: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas

Type: Series
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Summary: The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?  

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book Review: Arranged by Julia Crane

Type: Trilogy
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: September 3, 2015
Publisher: Valknut Press
Source: NetGalley

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Summary: Extended Version: Previously a short story in an anthology now it's a Novella. 
Magick’s been restored on earth but it comes at a crippling price. With the planet on the brink of destruction, an unlikely pair must work together to try to bridge together a lifetime of hatred. Will their forbidden romance bring their worlds together or tear them apart?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Getting into Chinese Novels?!

Hey guys,

I haven't given much of an update until now so hopefully this will sorta explain why I haven't been posting a lot lately.  Ever since school has started, I haven't been able to read as much as I want to. I have been struggling with schoolwork as well as my clubs that reading and ultimately, blogging, has become extremely hard for me to control. I get extremely tired when I get home and it is just hard for me to balance my school and personal life.

So, now that I am a month into the school year, I think I am getting the hang of things now so make sure to expect some more posts from me!

I am someone who loves doing two things at once. I can't do my homework in silence or else I can't concentrate on what I am doing. What I usually do is listen to music or watch some TV shows. If you guys know me at all, I am a big fan of dramas, whether it's Korean, Thai, Japanese, or Chinese, I watch them all, if it catches my attention. One big Chinese drama that I watched this month was Love O2O.

Love O2O is about two extremely good looking people who met each other online. Then when they saw each other in real life, Wei Wei (female lead) finds out that they attend the same college and that Nai He (male lead's username) is actually the "college prince" of her school. 

It was a pretty cute and enjoyable drama, but if I were to be fairly honest, the acting wasn't that great. I became extremely addicted to this drama, not only because of the wonderful storyline but how gorgeous the main leads were. When it ended, I found out that it was initially a novel, so being a fangirl, I read the English translated version of the novel. As expected, I really marvelous.

The translated version wasn't the best since it was translated by fans, but the story was what drove me to it in the first place. Gu Man, the author of this novel is a pure genius. Love O2O was a fluffy read, and although not realistic, it is what anyone can ask for in a cute contemporary read. What I also generally liked about the novel is that there weren't any real conflicts or love triangles in the story, but it was still able to keep me entertained.

After reading Love O2O, I read Gu Man's other work Blazing Sunlight which I believe is the first book in a duology. Another contemporary, but this time it focuses on the relationship of a rich bubbly girl with her college crush and her handsome boss at her new job. Another cute read, but a little more dramatic which contradicts with the lightness of Love O2O. Still really enjoyed it and I can't wait for the second part to be released and translated. 

Gu Man is known to be a slow writer, hence her name (Man means slow), so who knows when this will be released. If this were to be made into a drama, I believe it would garner the same success as Love O2O.

These "novels" are a quick read and I was able to finish them in a day or two which is why I was able to read them during my free time instead of reading my other books on my reading list. I typically enjoy reading them which contradicts to the genres that I usually prefer (i.e. fantasy). Sometimes I really need to take a break from the real world and read something light that doesn't require a lot of thinking?

Reading these novels really opened up my mind to other types of books written in other countries. Definitely checking more of them out and I hope I can find some more that I can really enjoy. So far, I have been looking around the internet, but I couldn't find any that has caught my attention. Hopefully, I can find more soon and expand my mind a little.

That is all from me. Sorry if it may seem weirdly worded, I did this in the middle of the night so I didn't go over it.  Have a great day and I hope you enjoy this long post!

Cindy Da Readaholic.