ARC Review: Failed Future by Elise Kova

FailedFutureFailed Future by Elise Kova

Published by Silver Wing Press on July 21, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 356 Format: eARC Source: Publisher

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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

When worlds collide, and things are rarely what they seem, there may be no one Vi can trust.

Having forsaken her crown for a chance to save her family, and the world, Vi Solaris washes up on the shores of Meru. She’s wounded and barely alive. But Vi’s fight for survival is only just beginning.

As a princess in a foreign land, everyone is after her.

The pirate queen Adela wants to sell her to the evil elfin’ra. The Twilight King wants to use her to settle an old score. And, perhaps most dangerous, is the scheming Lord of the Faithful who sees her as an opportunity to further consolidate his power.

The only path for Vi is forward. But she doesn’t yet know if she’s running toward salvation… or a brutal end to everything she loves.


Continue reading

May & June in Review ~ 2019

monthinreview

Welcome to my Month in Review!

Books I Read

Faves

Book: The Merciful Crow

Movie: Detective Pikachu

TV Show: Good Omens

Listen: Happiness Begins by Jonas Brothers

Challenges

Goodreads: 84/150

Beat the Backlist: 32/20

Read Harder Challenge: 4/24

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge: 9

Sirens Reading Challenge: 9/25
(runs October 2018 to October 2019)

Life, Etc.

It’s been a while friends!!! I may have fallen off from blogging consistently for the past month and a bit but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading or keeping up on all things bookish. Work and life have kept me incredibly busy as I’ve taken on many new responsibilities at the library and am now the Assistant Manager of our branch. It’s an exciting and wild opportunity that I hope works out well to say the least.

As far as the blog goes I want to keep up with it as much as possible so I’m going to cut back from five days to three. That should give me enough freedom to post reviews and a few fun things from time to time. In terms of reading I’m trying to catch up on my ever growing TBR since it’s grown to massive proportions which is entirely my fault. Especially before the busy fall book season comes around.

How did May and June go for you? Any exciting news or adventures?

Let me know in the comments below!

ARC Review: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

SpintheDawnSpin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers on July 9, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 416 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.

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.


Continue reading

ARC Review: Superfan by Sarina Bowen

Superfan FOR WEBSuperfan by Sarina Bowen

Published by Tuxbury Publishing LLC on June 25, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 312 Format: eARC Source: Publisher

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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

Sometimes lady luck shakes your hand, and sometimes she smacks your face. Sometimes she does both on the same day.

Three years ago I met the most amazing girl in the world. We were both down on our luck. Then I got that call—the one that tells you to get your buns on a plane to go meet your destiny.

But the girl was left behind. I didn’t have her phone number, and she didn’t know my real name.

While I became a professional hockey player, she became a superstar, with platinum records and legions of fans. And a slick, music producer boyfriend who treated her badly.

But fate wasn’t done with us yet. When Delilah turns up at a hockey game, I can’t resist making contact. The internet swoons when I ask her out on a date.

She might not remember me. But her jerkface ex does. He’ll do anything to keep us apart. 

Good thing athletes never give up. This time I’m playing for keeps.


Continue reading

TBR Time! ~ June 2019

As I’d like to be more intentional with the books I’m reading and to hopefully cut down the stacks of unread books I have on my shelves, I’m doing monthly TBR posts.

TBR Time

May’s reading went well but I still had to carry over two titles to June’s TBR. Let’s see if I can get through all seven of these this month.


For Review

SpintheDawn

Owned

Library

TheSongofAchilles


What’s on your TBR for June? Have you read any of these titles?

Let me know in the comments below!

ARC Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

SorceryofThornsSorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on June 4, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 464 Format: ARC Source: Library

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.

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.


Continue reading

Cover Reveal: Superfan by Sarina Bowen

Earlier this year I fell head over heels in love with a certain set of hockey romances and Sarina Bowen is back with her next addition to the Brooklyn Bruisers series! Superfan follows the wonderful Silas and I cannot wait to see what is store for this goalie. Check out the cover reveal below as well as a cool giveaway!


Superfan

Series: Brooklyn Bruisers (Book Six)

Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC

Release Date: June 25, 2019

Goodreads

Synopsis

Sometimes lady luck shakes your hand, and sometimes she smacks your face. Sometimes she does both on the same day.

Three years ago I met the most amazing girl in the world. We were both down on our luck. Then I got that call—the one that tells you to get your buns on a plane to go meet your destiny.

But the girl was left behind. I didn’t have her phone number, and she didn’t know my real name.

While I became a professional hockey player, she became a superstar, with platinum records and legions of fans. And a slick, music producer boyfriend who treated her badly.

But fate wasn’t done with us yet. When Delilah turns up at a hockey game, I can’t resist making contact. The internet swoons when I ask her out on a date.

She might not remember me. But her jerkface ex does. He’ll do anything to keep us apart. 

Good thing athletes never give up. This time I’m playing for keeps.


Continue reading

Highly Anticipated Titles ~ June 2019

Highly Anticipated Titles is a monthly feature showcasing some of the book releases I’m most excited for each month. June will finally ease up on the new books front but I’ve still got a few I’m hyped for. Check them out below!


AyeshaatLastAyesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Published by Berkley Books

Expected on June 4, 2019

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Retelling

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.


Continue reading

Mini Reviews: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy, Can’t Escape Love, & A Prince on Paper

Today I’ve got mini reviews on three Reluctant Royals stories from Alyssa Cole. Check out my thoughts below!


OnceGhosted,TwiceShyOnce Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

Published by Avon Impulse on January 8, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 106 Format: eBook Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app. But her romance had ended in heartbreak, and now, back in NYC again, she’s determined to rediscover her joy—so of course she runs into the woman who broke her heart.

When Likotsi and Fabiola meet again on a stalled subway train months later, Fab asks for just one cup of tea. Likotsi, hoping to know why she was unceremoniously dumped, agrees. Tea and food soon leads to them exploring the city together, and their past, with Fab slowly revealing why she let Likotsi go, and both of them wondering if they can turn this second chance into a happily ever after.

Continue reading