Saturday, April 29, 2017

~Stacking the Shelves~

                Welcome to Stacking the Shelves was created by Tynga and the full details can be found on her page.  Basically you showcase the books you bought or received each week.  Little, or not so little, weekly book hauls. 

Physical Books:
Everything,Everything by Nicola Yoon
Champion:  The Graphic Novel (Legend:The Graphic Novel #3) by Marie Lu

All from the 50% off audible sale I also pre-ordered a few!
Rise ofFire (Reign of Shadows #2) by Sophie Jordan
Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard
The BaneChronicles by Cassandra Clare

                That's if for this week.  Share a link below with what goodies you got this week.  

Friday, April 28, 2017

Quanta Rewind (The Shadow Ravens #4)

                Hey happy readers!  So I have been having a bit of formatting issues with Blogger this week but I'm hoping I've resolved it all because OMG the stress it caused.  Anywho today the important thing I want to discuss is the latest installment in the Shadow Raven series, Quanta Rewind (The Shadow Ravens #4) by Lola Dodge that came out this Tuesday.    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and I have since received my pre-ordered copy as well!

Rating:  5 Stars

                We left off with our rebels having to disband camp and separate putting a damper on their goals to fight Doctor Nagi and the whole Helix system.  They are back on defensive as more Reds end up dead or go missing.  Cipher, Devan, and Quanta are making the most of their hiding out trying to train to use their abilities as a team.  It's not easy.  Even with her ability to see into the future or rewind time things are as dangerous as ever.  Even working as a team with all the power between them Seligo have established power and masses on their side.  The must work to save their friends and put an end to Doctor Nagi once and for all or never find a moment of peace.

                You probably know if you've read my other reviews for this series I adore these couples and I ship them hard.  Quanta and Tair are adorable and I love seeing Cipher and Knight through the eyes of my other favorites because I get a win / win in seeing them both!   Quanta continues to astound me with her strength.  If you think about her powers she seems all powerful but this series does a great job of showing not just the benefits but well thought out flaws/troubles with the power.  More importantly is shows her mental strength to be able to push past all the negative images she sees and look for the good.  Tair is more physically powerful but he's also all about using his brain to solve problems and is one of the things that connects them.  In the last book we lost the mental connection between the two, so no more internal conversations which just like for the characters it took a moment to adjust too.  I found myself thinking just tell him/her in your mind…and then Quanta/Tair would think how she missed being able to do just that.  I was there with them. 

                They were kind of made for one another sure but their connection has always felt so well thought out and natural.  Plus even if it hasn't been that long they have probably rewound time enough to give them several months of extra time together just saying.  They get one another and I love when characters have that.  The ability to look at the other and know something is off or know what they are thinking and lets be honest in a story when you are constantly in a fight for your life that's a huge quality.  But more so than just my couples, and I even feel like we might have the beginning of another couple in the future happening, just an inkling I had while reading, we have the team.  All of these different personalities working together and trying to adapt to one another.  Two guys are all about their ladies and then you have Dex who's just there to say the most colorful things. 

                There is lots of action happening as well I mean they are fighting a war.  I really enjoy how the story is written in the way of the rewinds.  We don't see every aspect the same with a slight variation it's more we see some trips and others we just hear about which helps keep the pacing up but also really focuses more on Quanta and Tair and their reactions to the rewind.  They have to readjust plans based on what happened (aka what went wrong) but that usually comes with the pain of the rewind and seeing someone (if not all) you care for die.  Emotionally draining.  Even though you know the ability to rewind is there every time something happened to one of my crew I got super nervous because who knows what could happen. 

                In Quanta Rewind we also dive a bit more into the world as a whole.  We've been inside the Citadel, the Voids, and with the Ravens.  We see there is more to the world.  I'm excited to see what the next book will focus on as there are so many items that could take the lead and make an interesting story.  I highly recommend this series as always they are super fast and fly right by in one sitting! 

                Until next time…

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

~Waiting on Wednesday~ One of Us Is Lying

                “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  Basically books that are not yet out that we are dying to get our hands on.  This week’s pick is:

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Out:  5/30

From Goodreads:
                One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.  Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

                Pay close attention and you might solve this.

                One Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

                Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

                Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

                Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

                Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

                And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

                Only, Simon never makes it out of the classroom.  Before the end of detention Simon’s dead.  And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident.  On Monday, he died.  But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder.  Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

                Everyone has secrets, right?  What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Why I’m Waiting:
                So this sounds like a murder mystery twisted version of the Breakfast Club.  Yeah that was my first thought so I’m totally going to have to check this one out.  I like the plot idea and I do love a good mystery.

                What are you waiting on?  Tell me below what you think of this title and leave a link to your WoW as well so I can check it out.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

~Top Ten Tuesday~ Book Turn Offs

                Hello everyone!  Top Ten Tuesday is just how it sounds, a topic is picked and we put our Top Ten for that in a post and share and check out everyone’s answers.  Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

The top ten today is: Book Turn Offs

               So I don't have any real solid things that make me say I won't read a book really but there are some things that make a book less appealing to me and thus less likely to make my TBR or Currently Reading pile.

Non-Fiction: I'm all about going into another world and being surprised.  Non-fiction just feels like school work.

Poetry- If there is some poetry woven into a story that is all well and good but a book of straight poems is a bit much.  I never got into it in school and just can't let myself lose with it as much as other styles.

Historical- So yeah I'm not a huge history gal.  Historical aspects with other fantasy or supernatural aspects are fine but when it's just a straight historical I struggle.  I'm very much a product of my generation and when the female lead is "different" because she has opinions and the general idea of women being powerless and more like property. 

Super long series- I love me some series and I don't mind the length normally.  But picking up a book and seeing it already has 8-43 books already out it seems very daunting.  It's a large commitment and even if the series sounds amazing I'm leery to start I mean that is intimidating as hell!

Religious Books- I just don't enjoy strong religious focused books.  I don't mind a religious character but if the whole plot counts on my religious knowledge we're in trouble.

                 What did I miss?  Tell me what you think of my list in the comments below.  Also please link back to your Top Ten as well so I can check out your list and see what I missed!

Reading Challenge Wrap-Up: April

                 Hello happy readers!  So today is the 25th which means it is time for my monthly challenge update and wrap-up.  I think for the first month I've done pretty good.  Here is my standing but please don't forget to share your progress as well!

Goodreads Challenge:
Goal: 125
At: 27

2017 Debut Authors (#2017DebAuthC):
Goal: 12
At:  2
What I've Read:
Still behind…

2017 Rock My TBR (#RockMyTBR):
Goal: As many as possible!
At: 14
What I've Read:
Empire ofStorms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas (review)

2017 Series Ender Challenge:
Goal: 15+
At: 2
Seriously not my best reading month…

2017 New Releases Challenge:
Goal: 31-60
At: 9
What I've Read:
ShatteredPack (Alpha Girl #6) by Aileen Erin (review)
A Crown of Wishes (The Star Touched Queen #2) by Roshani Chokshi (review)
Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2) by Nicole Castroman (review)

2017 Audiobook Challenge:
Goal: 5-10
At: 8
What I've Listened:
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas

                All in all I'd say it was a pretty successful month.  I didn't get to finish or review my debuts but that just means next month will be even better!  I'd love to hear how you're doing so link back to your wrap up!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2)

                Hello happy readers!  So this Saturday my latest giveaway closed and before I start todays review I’d like to congratulate, Maria V, for winning!  I’m super excited and will be heading to the post office later today I hope you enjoy the book!  Now still exciting my review for today, Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2) by Nicole Castroman.  I loved and reviewed Blachhearts here when it came out and I have been eagerly awaiting more since finishing it so when I got an early copy at ApollyCon I was so excited!  Due to an untimely sinus infection I didn’t get to go to the launch party (I seriously cried a little at missing it) but I’m still thrilled to share my thoughts on a fabulous sequel.

Rating:  5 Stars

                So if you know from my review of Blackhearts I went in thinking it was a stand-alone but then as it ended KNEW I couldn’t handle that I needed more.  So when I then went to the end and found out there was more to the story I was thrilled and have been waiting ever since for Blacksouls.  I am so beyond happy this story was more than a stand-alone because there is so much story left to work with.  We left Teach and Anne separated.  Anne was put on a ship to Nassau, not even the ship she was supposed to be sent on, and she knows things are not sunshine and rainbows.  Teach, knows Anne was sent away and is on his way to go after her, even bribing his way onto his father’s own ship as first mate willing to do anything to find his Anne.  Things are never easy for these two and finding one another might be the easiest part of the journey. 
                First I have to say I love that we are at sea.  This is a story of how Teach became Blackbeard and while we were landlocked in the previous story the majority of this one takes place on the sea.  There are so many things that start to fall into place and you know they are not going to be easy to overcome but as a reader you are so invested in the characters you can’t help but think of ways for it to work out.  I was glued to the pages and finding out what would happen next.  I seriously think I read the first part without stopping to even have a sip of my water. 
                 Teach is such an amazing character.  He's got a different past than his crew but he is still one of them and never treats anyone as below him and given how he was raised and the time this is a wonderful trait.  He's also dedicated fully to Anne and his mission to find her and have a life with her.  The way he loves her so completely is beautiful and makes your heart flutter.  He also has a strong connection to his men and making sure they are all safe because he's a stand up guy, even as he starts to act like a pirate.  Anne is amazing and strong in this story.  It's great to see her as she breaks free of the life that she had and start working for one she wants and even more learning to take care of and defend herself.  She knows what she wants and she isn't shy about it as much as before because she knows how dangerous the world is and how close she came to losing it. 

                The story is a journey between our two loves but it's also full of pirating goodness with corrupt officials and a dangerous pirate.  New friends and enemies in different shapes and sizes and lots of juicy story points that just make you fly through the book.  I highly recommend this series.  Blacksouls left off in a way that it is clear there is more story to be had and I for one can't wait to read what Teach and Anne do next! 

                Until next time…

Saturday, April 22, 2017

~Stacking the Shelves~

                Welcome to Stacking the Shelves was created by Tynga and the full details can be found on her page.  Basically you showcase the books you bought or received each week.  Little, or not so little, weekly book hauls. 

Physical Books:
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Audio Book:
Riot ofStorm and Smoke (Threats of Sky and Sea #2) by Jennifer Ellision

                That's if for this week.  Share a link below with what goodies you got this week.  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

~Waiting on Wednesday~ The Traitor's Kiss (Traitor's Trilogy #1)

                “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  Basically books that are not yet out that we are dying to get our hands on.  This week’s pick is:

The Traitor’s Kiss (Traitor’s Trilogy #1) by Erin Beaty
Out:  5/9

From Goodreads:
                An obstinate girl who will not be married.
                A soldier desperate to prove himself.
                A kingdom on the brink of war.

                With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady—which is perfectly fine with her.  Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances.  She spies on the girls—and on the soldiers escorting them.

                As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks.  The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust—and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

Why I’m Waiting:
                I discovered this book during a past WoW and I was drawn in by the cover and the description.  I’m ready to give this one a go and it looks like this is also a debut book so I’d love to see this authors work!

                What are you waiting on?  Tell me below what you think of this title and leave a link to your WoW as well so I can check it out.  Also don't forget about my giveaway here, it has a few days left, for a SIGNED copy of A Crown of Wishes.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Things that make me pick a book

                Hello everyone!  Top Ten Tuesday is just how it sounds, a topic is picked and we put our Top Ten for that in a post and share and check out everyone’s answers.  Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Also don't forget to swing by and enter my giveaway for a SIGNED copy of A Crown of Wishes here

The top ten today is: Things that make me want to read a book instantly

Cover- Yes I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and all that but lets be honest we all do.  No I love plenty of books that suffer from an ugly cover and have had plenty of pretty covers not be as good as I hoped but a gorgeous cover is a sure way to get me to…

Summary- I want something that catches my attention and makes me want to start reading ASAP to know more. 

Author- Some books I don’t have to know a cover or a title, like Untitled Chaol book but I know I will have it the day it comes out because Sarah J. Maas is an auto-buy author for me. 

Buzz/Hype- Have I heard of this book and if so was what I heard good?  Some books can be overhyped that is true but it’s great when you can dive into a book everyone is talking about and have people to discuss it with versus some other books not as many people have read yet so you have to wait to discuss it in depth.

My Mood- I generally don’t stick to one type of book and try to read different categories and such to keep it interesting.  Sometimes I’m really craving a stand-alone simple read to enjoy and not have any commitment to a series or maybe I just read a book with a similar kind of storyline/character and I don’t want them to blend together.

Series #- Sometimes I find a series I want to read but if there are too many books already out it can be intimidating to start.  On the flip side if I find a series that the final book is about to come out or is out I can dive in knowing I won’t have to wait which can also be a huge plus!

Price- So this is more so a factor with audiobooks because being practical I can’t buy all the books I want to read because so many fit the above checks.  Sometimes I have to wait for my credit to roll around or a sale to hit but when I do...BAM it's on!

                 What books have I been missing out on?  Tell me what you think of my list in the comments below.  Also please link back to your Top Ten as well so I can check out your list and see what I missed!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Sentinel (Covenant #5)

                 Hello happy readers!  So first things first don’t forget I still have a giveaway up and running for a SIGNED copy of A Crown of Wishes here.  Today I'm going to be discussing my thoughts on the final book in the Covenant series, Sentinel, by Jennifer L. Armentrout and my overall thoughts on the series.  Spoilers through the series, duh.

Rating:  5 Stars

                So when we left off in the last book stuff had gotten real.  Our group was taking hit after hit and it ended with Alex being broken by Ares but being spirited away and healed by Apollo.  Like I said series.  We finally know which god is behind things pulling all the strings and bent on war.  Makes sense really.  But as the mortal world starts to slip into chaos Alex has to reconcile what happened and shake herself doubt away and dive back into the fray.  She will do anything necessary even work with a known enemy of the past to face the enemy of the present. All while trying to figure out a way out of this mess that lets her have her happily ever after in the end.

                 The options don't look good.  Alex has been this strong force of nature through the books so far.  She has had her moments of weakness and doubt sure but never like this.  She actually wanted to die.  Ares broke her.  This is a hard hit to suffer.  Aiden as always is there by her side willing to do anything to help.  I love how supportive he is with her.  Their connection from the start has always been off the charts but in this one it just really hits you in the core.  There are so many moments where they just know the other and what they need on instinct or a single look.  They are equals and always have been despite the breed order or her Apollyon powers they have always treated each other as equals.  Both knowing the other is in danger and not trying to shut them away but instead trusting them and their ability to make it through.  This really touches the heart.

                 Then we have Seth.  I hated him.  I didn't like him from the start but then I grew to hate his character and the evil he was a part of in his power hungry daze.  I equated him with a rapist drugging her with the bond and then leeching her power even when she tried to say no.  At the end of the last book with the showdown with Ares, all the pain, misery, and despair she felt as he broke her body and spirit I hoped he would feel every ounce through the bond.  Let him take on the horror he brought on.  He did.  He is suddenly seeing through the haze of his power madness and wants to help, suddenly seeing the error of his ways.  There was nothing he could do to redeem himself in my eyes.  Though watching as he tried and meet skepticism and resistance from everyone else I enjoyed that.  He got back on charm for so long seeing it not work, that everyone held him accountable for his evil deeds was refreshing.  I liked that they never tried to belittle those deeds.

                 Now adding this into the story was huge story points but we still have a war to finish.  This is the final book and there was a lot of ground to cover.  We have to save the world and nothing is ever easy or without cost.  This doesn't change here.  There is a price to be demanded and no matter how hard or gut wrenching for the good of all our heroes will face it.  I was constantly on the edge of my seat finishing this book trying to think of any twists or loop holes to make everything I wanted to happen to happen.  There was a lot to cover and it wasn't smooth sailing and in war people die.  This book actually had me getting teary and/or crying in different parts just thinking about certain characters futures (yes I know vague me) and this got more intense the closer we got to the end.

                 I was so nervous as I got closer that it might not end in a way that satisfied me.  I should not have worried though because JLA knows what she's doing and this series was amazing.  It hits you with all the feels and then some but you end feeling complete.  Like how it ends you can instantly see it from the start looking back on the whole journey.  It also did something that I wasn't sure was possible given how I felt about Seth pre this book and that's make me want to read his spin-off/sequel series.  I think I'm going to hold off a few months before I start these but I have the first three ready to go.  While there is the spin-off/sequel series I think the Covenant series wraps up nicely in Sentinel and I highly recommend it. 

                Until next time…

Saturday, April 15, 2017

~Stacking the Shelves~

                Welcome to Stacking the Shelves was created by Tynga and the full details can be found on her page.  Basically you showcase the books you bought or received each week.  Little, or not so little, weekly book hauls. 

Physical Books:
DarkTriumph (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers

E-Books (ARC):
Path to OldTalbot by Jordan Mierek
Blank Space by Alla Kar

                That's if for this week.  Share a link below with what goodies you got this week. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Books

                Hello everyone!  Top Ten Tuesday is just how it sounds, a topic is picked and we put our Top Ten for that in a post and share and check out everyone’s answers.  Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

The top ten today is:  Unique Books

This topic was super hard because I always find something unique in all the stories I read and that is why I love them so.  But here are a few I thought of without going too deep because I could pick and choose all day long!  In no particular order:  

Every Day by David Levithan- The main character doesn't have a body but drifts between peoples bodies each day living their lives

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley- the book takes place in the span of 24 hours.

The Scorpio Races of The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater- both series have her very unique take from a yearly race of dangerous water horses to a group of kids searching for a sleeping Welsh king in search of a favor.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher- Okay so I haven't read this one yet but I did just marathon the Netflix season and OMG

Firstlife by Gena Showalter- Your first life doesn’t really count it's just a dress rehearsal for your afterlife…what?

Uglies by Scott Westerfield- I only finished the first two books but the concept was definitely something unique to me.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor- So this book has so much happening and introduced me to chimaera.

Vicious by VE Schwab- From the POV of a villain

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas- So the whole world of the Night Court and all the different powers and people…just in awe

Cursed by Christina Bauer- Necromancers were kind of new to me

Some books I haven't read yet but seem like they will be really unique:

Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic
Illuminae by Amy Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
Magonia by Maria Dahvana

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Monday, April 10, 2017

Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows #1)

                Hello happy readers!  Don’t forget to check out my giveaway open until 4/22 for a SIGNED copy of A Crown of Wishes here.  Now for today I am correcting an oversight on my part.  I swear I wrote a review for this book already, like I honestly remember typing up all my thoughts about it but I can’t find it on any computer of flash drive so maybe I just had a very vivid dream.  Anywho I wanted to share my thoughts in the real world on a book I just adored and listened to in one sitting, Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows #1) by Sophie Jordan. 

Rating:  4 Stars

                In a world cloaked in darkness for the last seventeen years the world is not a nice place.  Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding since she was born and darkness fell, that’s how she stays alive by others thinking her dead.  However when a mysterious Fowler is out in the dark woods braving things Luna is drawn to him.  When her safe home for all these years is attacked they must work together to escape.  Luna realizes things are much more treacherous than she imagined as threats keep stacking up against them.  Falling in love with so many secrets between them may be more dangerous yet. 

                Reign of Shadows is my first Sophie Jordan book and one that I listened to on Audible.  I got it on sale and waiting for my new credit to kick in so I could get another more expensive title but was loving listening to many of my books.  So when I was home from work and not interested in watching any TV to relax and didn’t want to turn the lights on to read I started this one.  I figured an hour or two in I’d go to sleep.  Well that didn’t happen.  I was listening completely entranced in the world and story and then next thing you know when I do start to get tired because well it had been a long day I see how long I have left in the chapter and find I only have about two hours left in the book and it is WAY past my bed time.  I then decide to finish it because I’m already going to be tired the next day I should just finish it or I’d be thinking about it.  So I got less than two hours of sleep that night and it was totally worth it.  Though thinking back about this now I see where I might have “typed” my review and just done it in my head. 

                I really liked the pace of the story it just kept moving forward and did so quickly.  The story was easy to follow and kept you invested throughout.  I liked seeing both Luna and Fowler and what was happening within themselves and how being together really changed them and their plans.  I also loved the whole idea of Luna having the handicap/disability that she does.  I can't think of a better way to say it without spoilers though we learn about it so early I don't worry about it being spoilery just that it was so much better to learn as they reveal it.  She is so strong and determined and doesn't let anything slow her down.  Fowler though, I love how he develops.  He is so closed off and separate from everyone and everything in the start but he starts to see the value in having someone with you and caring about someone else.  And the romance that develops between them is so nice I loved how it progressed. 

                There was so much to love about this story.  Everything from the character development to the journey and action and more.  We are on a mission after all.  Darkness has fallen and we have evil rulers and so so much goodness to work with.  I am looking forward to continuing on in the series but I have to admit I will probably wait to listen just because I liked the first audiobook experience so much.  Maybe I'll listen to book two in one sitting as well?  Though I probably won't start it if I have to work the next day just to be safe.  I highly recommend giving this one a read/listen. 

                Until next time…

Saturday, April 8, 2017

~Review & Giveaway~ A Crown of Wishes

                Hello happy readers!  Another day late post, sorry but I didn’t have the pictures I needed on my flash drive and wanted to wait until I got home and had them.  Since I am after all hosting a much deserved giveaway for a signed copy of the book I’m reviewing!  All the details will be at the bottom.  The book in question is A Crown of Wishes (The Star Touched Queen #2) by Roshani Chokshi.  Now this isn’t a traditional sequel more of a companion book featuring another character, the little sister of our MC in the previous book.  Now there are some spoilers to the first book in here so I would still suggest reading in order but that may be my OCD talking.  I reviewed the first book here.  I received a digital ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

Rating:  4 Rubies

                First can we just take a moment to really appreciate the beautiful cover?  It is beautiful.  And so is the writing in the world full of magic.  We follow Gauri princess of Bharata and Vikram prince of Ujijain a neighboring land.  Both want to lead their people but have their own road blocks.  Gauri starts out a prisoner of Ujijain and Vikram is to kill her but he has been invited to join the Tournament of Wishes and needs a partner.  Gauri doesn’t trust magic but she has no choice as things unfold.  The competition will last a month in the mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.  The tournament is anything but easy and will push them toward all sorts of dangers and trials testing both body and mind.

                I loved the whole idea of the story.  The tournament itself was amazing full of twists and turns always keeping you and the characters on their toes.  The author has a beautiful way of describing the world that just draws you in and makes you feel like this magical place could be real.  I think this would have been an even better in an audiobook because I had no idea how to pronounce many things but could imagine them none the less but having someone read it to me would have been even better.  Roshani read a small snippet at the launce and it was so beautiful. I have a video but it won't upload here I'll try adding it to social media though :( 

                Gauri and Vikram were so much fun.  They were so different in many ways like how Gauri is a weapon she is battle tested and ready for a fight and Vikram is less prepared for a physical altercation but is sharp as a whip and cunning as they come.  They both aspire to rule their respective lands, to be better for their people and stopping at nothing to make it happen.  They have the same drive and determination even if they go about things differently.  This made them a great pair for the tournament balancing out one another.  It's this same balance and chemistry that made the romantic tensions between them sizzle from the start.  I loved how they grew to know one another and was on edge wanting something to happen between them!  Then when you add in Aasha, a vishakanya, and her sisters really gave another level to the story.  I found myself rooting for her as well. 

                The story was really beautifully written and such a joy to read.  I highly recommend both books and while I say read them in order you can read either as a stand-alone is a huge plus.  Someone will be getting a signed copy of A Crown of Wishes alone with some tattoos that the author was handing out at her signing.  So the giveaway will stay open for two weeks winner on the 24th.  This is open to the US only, sorry but international shipping is a beast!  I have some more giveaways coming up since I've had some pretty awesome signings happening so cheers and stay tuned.
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~Stacking the Shelves~

                Welcome to Stacking the Shelves was created by Tynga and the full details can be found on her page.  Basically you showcase the books you bought or received each week.  Little, or not so little, weekly book hauls.
E-Books (ARC):
QuantaRewind (The Shdaow Ravens #4) by Lola Dodge

Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Moon Chosen (Tales of a New World #1) by P.C. Cast

                That's if for this week.  Share a link below with what goodies you got this week.