Teaser Tuesday: From a Certain Point of View

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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 teasers are coming from the new Star Wars anthology, From a Certain Point of View, which collects 40 stories celebrating 40 years of Star Wars. These short stories are written by a wide range of authors and I’m excited to read each and every one of them. Check out the sneak peeks below!

Leia never told you more than you needed to know. That was fro the protection of others as much as her own.

And here’s another:

“Will we make it?” she asked.

Have these teasers piqued your interest? Have you read any Star Wars books?

Let me know in the comments below!

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ARC Review: Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne

RosemarkedRosemarked by Livia Blackburne

Published by Disney-Hyperion on November 7, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 400 Format: eARC Source: NG

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

A healer who cannot be healed . . .

When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.

A soldier shattered by war . . .

Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.

Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.


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Book Review: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

LanguageofThornsThe Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Published by Imprint on September 26, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Short Stories

Pages: 224 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.


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Midnight Tales: Leigh Bardugo Takes Michigan

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If Leigh Bardugo has an event within a five to six hour radius of me you know I’ll be attending, so of course I was thrilled by her Midnight Tales tour announcement. Grand Rapids on my Saturday off, heck yes! I jumped early on tickets for my friends and I, then anxiously waited for the actual day.

We left early on Saturday and made a quick stop in Holland, MI for a lovely lunch a quick tour of my alma mater, Hope College. Then it was off to Grand Rapids and Schuler Books. The place is absolutely massive and I probably would have got lost in there if I had the chance.

The set up was little wonky for so many people but I managed to get a standing spot so I could see the stage. To my surprise, one of my BEA buddies, Stefani was also in attendance so it was wonderful to catch up with her.

Leigh was as fabulous as ever chatting about everything from upcoming projects (of course I’m losing my mind over King of Scars) to writing and publishing tips. My favorite question though was the very last asking if the Six of Crows crew was on Chopped, what would they make. Wylan would make a souffle (intensive, detailed), Jesper something spicy, Nina would obviously make waffles, Inej would have mad knife skills (duh), Matthias would make a traditional Fjerdan dish, and Kaz would craft an extravagant meal and be like what, are you surprised.

After that came the signing which we were thankfully early on in line for since there were 200+ attendees. Leigh was rocking a gorgeous top that I would love to purchase for myself and was exceedingly kind. She even took a picture of me in my Wylan cosplay.

After that it was Chipotle for dinner and back to Ohio. Overall an absolutely wonderful day.

Have you gotten the chance to meet any authors? Any on your wishlist?

Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Creepy Settings

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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. Hunting Prince Dracula
  2. The End Games
  3. The Graveyard Book
  4. The Name of the Star
  5. A Curious Tale of the In-Between

I’m not big into scary so these five titles represent some of the best creepy settings I can handle.

Have you read any of these? Which creepy setting made your Top 5?

Let me know in the comments below!

Teaser Tuesday: Rosemarked

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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!

Look another book I discovered on Twitter! This week’s teasers come from Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne which I’ve seen pop up in recent conversations. I’m always here for slow burn and I’m excited to dive further into the story. Check out a couple of teasers to see if you would be interested in this upcoming release:

The sight of her strengthens my resolve, and I dismiss my thoughts of playing it safe.

And here’s another:

If I’ve added a spoonful too much water or built my fire too high, missorted the roots or chewed my mouthfuls to the wrong degree, she will have seen it.

Is Rosemarked on your radar? Interested by the teasers?

Let me know in the comments below!

FYI: Quotes taken from eARC may be cut or edited in final text.

Book Review: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

EnchantmentofRavensAn Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on September 26, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 300 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.

Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.


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