Book Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

DaughterofPirateKingDaughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 28, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure

Pages: 320 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

3.5/5 Stars

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Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.


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Most Highly Anticipated Titles ~ April 2017

Highly Anticipated Titles is a monthly feature showcasing some of the book releases I’m most excited for each month. For April I’ve got four that sound absolutely amazing. Two sequels, two standalones. Check them all out below!


geekerellaGeekerella by Ashley Poston

Published by Quirk Books

Expected on April 4, 2017

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Retellings

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Angsty Romances

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Inej/Kaz (Six of Crows)
  2. Tessa/Will (The Infernal Devices)
  3. Blue/Gansey (The Raven Cycle)
  4. Vhalla/Aldrik (Air Awakens)
  5. Kestrel/Arin (The Winner’s Trilogy)

So this week’s Top 5 is all about those angsty ships we know and love. At the tippy top is of course Inej and Kaz my loves who struggle so much to let each other in. I just want them happy. Then there is Tessa and Will from The Infernal Devices in which my heart cannot take all the feels. Oh sweet Blue and Gansey who had the threat of a kiss of death over them the entire time. So much wanting. Vhalla and Aldrik went suffered through so much and their relationship had so many ups and downs. Rounding out my five is Arin and Kestrel who had every obstacle in their way and still managed to come back to each other.

Basically ALL THE FEELS when it comes to these five ships! Let me know what your Top 5 angsty ships would be in the comments below!

Owning a Piece of the Page & Film Thoughts: Tale as Old as Time

Owning a Piece of the Page is a series to highlight all the bookish merchandise and swag that I have accumulated over the years as a lover of the written word. There’ll be jewelry, posters, maps, accessories, toys, etc. From handmade to mass produced, I bet there will be a little something for everyone to enjoy.

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 In this Owning a Piece of the Page, I’m highlighting my ever growing collection of Beauty and the Beast goodies and even giving some thoughts on the live action remake that was just released. Let’s start with the merch first!

Look at all those cute figures! POP Funkos always pull me in and I’ve got two of Belle in her yellow gown. I also adore the Beast in his winter wear, complete with bird friends. I also couldn’t help myself with this Belle ornament where she’s reading by the fountain or the stain glass compact mirror.

What would any collection be without bookmarks and stickers? I picked up these gorgeous ones from Nerdy Girl Designs on Etsy. Look how adorable all the characters are! Another Etsy find is from one of my favorite artists Karen Hallion with this notecard of the Doctor inviting Belle into the Tardis.

As a sucker for all things pretty I couldn’t help but jump on this Evie Seo notebook design on Society 6. Rounding out my collection is the book itself. This one is designed by the incomparable MinaLima full of fun, interactive paper products.

Film Thoughts

So this weekend I went to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie and have to say I really enjoyed it. The hype was so real and while this adaptation was nothing ground breaking, the nostalgia held me enthralled. I loved the added background for a bunch of the characters and the darker aspects of the story. Plus the music was exquisite, but I wanted more from Emma Watson’s voice. And Belle’s reaction to the library was pretty much the highlight of everything. Overall I was definitely pleased with the film and I’m glad I got to see it on the big screen.

Are you a fan of Beauty and the Beast? Do you have a collection of goodies like mine? Already seen the live action remake? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!

 

Book Review: The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

shipbeyondtimeThe Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

Published by Greenwillow Books on February 28, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, Historical, Fantasy

Pages: 464 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the helm. Her father has given up his obsession to save her mother—and possibly erase Nix’s existence—and Nix’s future lies bright before her. Until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. But her relationship with Kash—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—is only just beginning. How can she bear to lose him? How can she bear to become as adrift and alone as her father?

Desperate to change her fate, Nix takes her crew to a mythical utopia to meet another Navigator who promises to teach her how to manipulate time. But everything in this utopia is constantly changing, and nothing is what it seems—not even her relationship with Kash. Nix must grapple with whether anyone can escape her destiny, her history, her choices. Heidi Heilig weaves fantasy, history, and romance together to tackle questions of free will, fate, and what it means to love another person. But at the center of this adventure are the extraordinary, multifaceted, and multicultural characters that leap off the page, and an intricate, recognizable world that has no bounds.


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ARC Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

huntedHunted by Meagan Spooner

Published by HarperTeen on March 14, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Retelling

Pages: 384 Format: ARC Source: Library

4/5 Stars

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This ARC was received by my library department for marketing purposes. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?


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Traveler: Interview with L.E. DeLano (XPRESSO Book Tours)

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travelerTraveler by L.E. DeLano

Published by Swoon Reads on February 7, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction

My Review

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Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles—Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it…This Jessa is going to live.


Interview with L.E. DeLano

How did the idea for Traveler come about?

When I was eight we were living in England, and I watched an old version of “Alice Through The Looking Glass” on TV (it was the 1974 version, which was really creepy). I happened to pass a mirror afterward and thought it would be cool if there was another ‘me’ on the other side. I stared at my reflection for a long time until – I swear to you – I saw the other me blink. It scared me a lot to the point that I still get a creepy feeling if I catch my reflection out of the corner of my eye. Continue reading