Book Review: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

HeartofIronHeart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Published by Balzer + Bray on February 27, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 480 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves? 

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Mash! #AceofShades Edition

Today I’m back in the City of Sin playing a fun game of Mash inspired by Amanda Foody’s Ace of Shades and created by fellow #Dove member Austine from NovelKnight. It’s been ages since I did Mash and I’m thrilled that this one is book related. Check out how to play and my results below.

How to Play

  1. Pick a number between 1 and 10. Make sure it’s a good one as your fate depends on it.
  2. Start in the first column and work your way down, counting as many items under the category headings as the number you selected (i.e. if you picked “7,” count down 7 items – skip the bold category names).
  3. Cross this item off your list.
  4. Keep on counting. When you reach the bottom of the first column, move to the top of the second and so on. When you reach the bottom of the third column, move back to the top of the first. Keep on counting and cross items off as you go.
  5. Skip any items you crossed off already as you count.
  6. When you get down to one item in a category, circle it and don’t count it anymore.

Once you’ve gotten down to one item in each category, share your results on social media! Make sure to tag #AceOfShades and #Doves as the creators of the game! You can also tag us on Twitter and Instagram as @dovesgang.


My Results
Ace of Shades Mash

Look!!!! I really am a Dove! This was an incredibly fun game to take part in and thanks again to Austine for creating such an inventive graphic and good time. Below is more info for Ace of Shades, Amanda herself, and pre-order info.

About the Book

Ace of Shades

By: Amanda Foody

Series: The Shadow Game (Book One)

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release Date: April 10, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance



Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books to Read as an Adult

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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. Harry Potter
  2. A Wrinkle in Time
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  4. Winnie the Pooh
  5. Madeline

Today for Top 5 Wednesday I’m talking children’s books to read as an adult! There’s so many amazing juvenile and middle grade books out there with layers upon layers that adults will still be able to enjoy regardless of age. Harry Potter, of course, is the most iconic and anyone who reads it will surely enjoy. Another pick is A Wrinkle in Time which with it’s wacky world and science stuff is much more memorable later on life. Same goes for the weird in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Winnie the Pooh is another classic that stands the test of time and appeals to grown ups while people can never get enough of Madeline.

What children’s books do you think adults should read?

Let me know in the comments below!

Teaser Tuesday: The Buried Giant


Hosted by A Daily Rhythm, Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme meant to highlight passages from books you are currently reading.

Here are the rules (as described by A Daily Rhythm):

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s teaser comes from this month’s book club pick The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. Having just started I’m not quite sure what I’ve gotten myself into but here’s hoping I enjoy it. Check out the teasers below!

You would have searched a long time for the sort of winding lane or tranquil meadow for which England later became celebrated.


People then who would have regarded them as everyday hazards, and in those days there was so much else to worry about.

Have you read The Buried Giant? Have the teasers piqued your interest?

Let me know in the comments below!

Book Review: Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

DaughteroftheSirenQueenDaughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 27, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure

Pages: 352 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.

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ARC Review: Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

AruhShahandtheEndofTimeAru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Published by Rick Riordan Presents on March 27, 2018

Genres: Children’s, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology

Pages: 368 Format: ARC Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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

Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from their latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?

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February Book Haul ~ 2018


Look at all those gorgeous books! Yep, February was a pretty solid book buying month for me and I picked up quite a few new releases as well as some backlist titles I needed for my shelf.

The first bunch were some of my highly anticipated titles as preorders of The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, Shadowsong by S. Jae Jones, and The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang arrived.  I also couldn’t wait any longer for Sightwitch by Susan Dennard so I popped in store to buy it.

I took advantage of Barnes and Noble’s online 3 for $30 YA sale and bought Hunted by Meagan Spooner, The Defiant by Lesley Livingston, Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia, and Dear Martin by Nic Stone.

Rounding out the month I popped into B&N for Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller and Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza and my preorder of Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston arrived too.

Did you pick up or receive any awesome books this month?

Let me know in the comments below!