Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Review: Children of Neptune by Makenna Snow

*I received a review copy from the author in exchange for review consideration. This does in no way affect my opinion, and all thoughts expressed in this review are unbiased and my own.*

Title: Children of Neptune
Author: Makenna Snow
My rating: 3.5 hearts
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Pub. date: June 5th 2017
Publisher: Champagne Book Group
SynopsisSixteen-year-old Jet can talk to animals with her mind, but she gets tongue-tied with someone her own age. She can use her ancient powers to hydroshift, but she's still figuring out how to be smooth out of the water. 

Sheltered behind the palace walls, Jet trains to become queen of a secret island. All that changes when she's forced to accept a mission she isn't prepared for — fitting in at high school. Jet's powers, never before tested, are pushed to their limits. 

Jet learns that handling high school life is just as complicated and dangerous as the mystery that brought her there. Jet's journey leads her to friendship, romance, and her first taste of freedom. But betrayal threatens to take all that away. 
Jet faces an enemy that could cost her everything she loves. She must succeed…or die trying. (synopsis from Goodreads)

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Fantasy Book Recommendations

Recently, I've found a lot of new amazing books that I haven't really seen around much, so I decided to make a post featuring them. That way, I can give these amazing books more attention and at the same time hopefully help you guys find a new great read.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Miserable Mondays: The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

Welcome to Miserable Mondays, a tag hosted by Willa, @paper.seas over on Instagram. Since I suck at keeping up with tags over there, I thought I'd try and do it here instead. You can join in too through the tag #miserablebookmondays!

Miserable Mondays is all about sharing a book that made you cry. I seriously love this idea, because I very easily get emotional when I read (I'm a sensitive person, okay?), and this way, I get to talk about them. So without further ado, let's talk about my choice for the week, The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Writing Diary Part 2: Planning Your Book

Here's the second part of my Writing Diary, where I will give you tips from my writing experience about what works and doesn't work for me. Keep in mind that this by no means is how you should do it; this is the first time I've written a whole book and I'm sure I've made tons of mistakes along the way. This is just one way to do it.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Review: The Dragons of Nova (The Loom Saga #2) by Elise Kova

Title: The Dragons of Nova
Series: The Loom Saga #2
Author: Elise Kova
My rating: 5 hearts
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, with YA crossover appeal
Pub. date: July 11th
Publisher: Keymaster Press
SynopsisCvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust -- hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything -- and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills -- and quick-shooting accuracy -- makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.
Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall. (synopsis from Goodreads)

Monday, 11 September 2017

ARC Review: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for review consideration. This does not in any way affect my opinion, and all thoughts expressed in this review are unbiased and my own.*

Title: Mask of Shadows
Series: Untitled
Author: Linsey Miller
My rating: 5 hearts
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pub. date: August 29th, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
SynopsisSallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class and the nobles who destroyed their home. 

When Sal Leon steals a poster announcing open auditions for the Left Hand, a powerful collection of the Queen's personal assassins named for the rings she wears -- Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, and Opal -- their world changes. They know it's a chance for a new life.

Except the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. But Sal must survive to put their real reason for auditioning into play: revenge. (synopsis from Goodreads)

Friday, 8 September 2017

Blogger of the Month: Nuša from Whispers of Thoughts

This month, I'm featuring the wonderful Nuša from Whispers of Thoughts. I found her blog through Instagram, where I started following her (she takes the most beautiful photos), and fell in love with her blog, as well. She's super sweet and I love reading her posts, be them on Instagram or her blog. Keep reading for my interview with her, as well as her links!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Review: First Year (The Black Mage #1) by Rachel E. Carter

*I received a review copy from the author in exchange for review consideration. This does not in any way affect my opinion, and all thoughts expressed in this review are unbiased and my own.*

Title: First Year
Author: Rachel E. Carter
My rating: 4.5 hearts
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pub. date: January 24th 2017
SynopsisMagic. Romance. Rivals. Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Falling Kingdoms, and Tamora Pierce.

Before the age of seventeen, the young men and women of Jerar are given a choice —pursue a trade or enroll in a trial year in one of the realm’s three war schools to study as a soldier, knight, or mage…

For fifteen-year-old Ryiah, the choice has always been easy. Become a mage and train in Combat, the most prestigious faction of magic.

Yet when she arrives, Ry finds herself competing against friend and foe for one of the exalted apprenticeships. Everyone is rooting for her to fail—first and foremost among them is Prince Darren, the school prodigy who has done nothing but make life miserable since she arrived.

Will Ry survive, or will her dream go down in flames? (synopsis from Goodreads)

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Blog Tour & Interview: The Dragons of Nova (The Loom Saga #2) by Elise Kova

I'm so excited to share the Blog Tour for The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova with you guys today! The tour is hosted by Chapter by Chapter, and you can find the full tour schedule here. This book is seriously awesome, a definitive must read! I was lucky enough to get to interview Elise for this tour, so keep reading for the interview and more information about the book!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Review: Rowdy (Marked Men #5) by Jay Crownover

Title: Rowdy
Author: Jay Crownover
My rating: 4 hearts
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pub. date: October 21st 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
SynopsisThe New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.

After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.

Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.

Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good. (synopsis from Goodreads)

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Blogger of the Month: Chez at ChezReadz

This post is a bit late, sorry for that guys, but it's finally here! Blogger of the Month! I'm really excited about this new feature, getting the chance to share some of my favourite bloggers! And I'm starting out with a really good friend of mine, Chez from ChezReadz. Chez is really sweet and fun, and I love talking about books (and fangirling) with her! Keep reading for my interview with her!

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Cover Reveal: The Reckoning (Forest Spirit #3) by T. Damon

I'm so excited to be able to share the cover for The Reckoning by T. Damon with you guys today! This cover is honestly so gorgeous, and makes me even more anxious to read it! This book is the third installment in the Forest Spirit series by T. Damon. Keep reading for more information. Without further ado, let's look at the cover!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Review: Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken

Title: Passenger
Author: Alexandra Bracken
My rating: 4 hearts
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pub. date: January 5th 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
SynopsisPassage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home... forever. (synopsis from Goodreads)

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Review: Nash (Marked Men #4) by Jay Crownover

Title: Nash
Author: Jay Crownover
My rating: 4 hearts
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pub. date: April 29th 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publisher
SynopsisWill their past determine their future?

Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down... and now he’s trying to do it again.

Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.
When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again? (synopsis from Goodreads)

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Writing Diary Part 1: Get an Idea

First off, I'm sorry for being so inactive in May, I've been really busy with school and another project I started, but now I'm back, and I'll hopefully post more regularly in June. Now, the project I started with is a book. I haven't gotten all that far yet, but I'm really enjoying it, I've missed it since I took a break last year. So I decided to start posting updates on my writing, with some tips on how to get going and how to keep going when you're completely out of inspiration. Now, the last time I tried to write a book, I quit it at around 200 pages, because I had no idea how it was going to end (planning isn't my strong suit), so I'm not an expert, and this will be a journey for me, but I thought I'd go for it in this Writing Diary. Each part will be about a different part of writing, and then there will probably be some updates along the way as well, so here it goes. For the first post, I wanted to write about getting an idea.

One of the reasons why my first attempt at a book didn't work out was because I got tired of the idea. It was really boring and unoriginal, so this time, I wanted a better idea. So, I was sitting on the bus, when I suddenly wanted to write again. Problem was, I had no idea what to write. So I decided to come up with a great book idea.

I started with considering what I like to read about. They say to write about what you like to read about, so that's what I decided to do. My favourite thing to read about are the fey, so I decided to write a book about the fey. Then I started thinking about what it could be about. I knew I wanted the main character to already know she was fey. Then I started to think about how the world was going to look like. Would the humans know about the fey, what would be the fey courts, et cetera. Now, I knew I wanted it to be really different and original, so I decided to do something I hadn't seen yet. No classic Summer/Seelie and Winter/Unseelie for me.

After I had figured out some stuff about the world, I started to think about the plot. For me, it's easier to build the world and then see what kind of plot would fit into it, but I'm sure this can be done in different ways. Maybe some people prefer to figure out their plot and build the world to fit the plot, but this is what works for me. I still kept the same thoughts when I started planning for the plot, that I wanted it to be original, and then with the world in mind, I started thinking of problems that could occur in this world, and once I'd found one I liked that I haven't seen in another book, I started building the plot, and planning the details.

For me, when I was trying to come up with an idea, it was really important to keep it original but also something that I would like to read. Now, I know a lot of people just get their ideas like that, but I've been waiting for a new story idea for over a year, and I haven't gotten one yet, so I decided to make one that I would like. But, as a reminder, the stuff that works for me may not work for the next person, so my recommendation here is to do what you think will work for you. But something I think is really important, is that you like your idea, that you're writing something you'd want to read, because if you don't love your idea, it'll be impossible to write it. And make it something you won't get tired of.

Okay, that was it for today! The next part will be about planning the book, outlining and stuff like that. Hope you liked this first entry, and I'll see you next time! Tell me your best tips on finding an idea in the comments!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

The Reading Faery and some general updates

Now my blog has officially changed to The Reading Faery! As part of this revamping process, I will also add a blogger button for the first time (PS: if anyone knows how to make an HTML code for this, I would be forever grateful if you'd get in touch) and also some new features (right now, I have two ones planned and it's so exciting!) These include a writing diary, since I started writing a book a few weeks ago, and a monthly blogger spotlight starting next month.
   Also, I wanted to add a little note about the fairy on my banner and button. I worked really hard on making it, and I'm really proud of the result. For the first time ever, I'm totally happy with my blog name and my blog design.
   Lastly, I wanted to apologize for being inactive in May. If you want to know, keep reading this paragraph. If not, I totally understand if you want to skip it. I won't hold it against you if you skip it. So, May is the last full month of school, then we have two weeks of June before summer break. This means all teachers realize they must do all the tests and essays and speeches now, so they also have time to put decide on our grades. That means we have something in every subject in the last week of May and first week of June, and obviously we have to study for the tests, meaning May is generally a really busy, really rough month. Add to that work, which is more because the season is getting started, and I don't have time to have a life. So basically, my reading and blogging suffered because of that. The good news is that it's June now, only one week of school left, and only a speech left for Tuesday. That means, I can finally get back to blogging and reading as much as I like to!
   All that being said, thank you if you're still reading. Keep a look out for all the new amazing features! Also, tell me in the comments your thoughts on my newish design and blog name!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Review and Excerpt Tour: Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack

I am so excited to share the Review and Excerpt Tour for Roar by Cora Carmack with you guys today! This book was an epic adventure and impossible to put down! It beat even my admittedly very high expectations. Roar is a book you don't want to miss! Keep reading for my review, an excerpt, a giveaway, and some other fun!

Sunday, 4 June 2017

New Blog Name: The Reading Faery

Hi guys! So, I'm changing my blog name. It's something I've thought about doing for a while now, I just wasn't happy with my old one. I think Bookshelf Adventures just sounds boring, I wanted something a bit more interesting-sounding, and I've been thinking for weeks about a possible blog name that is both unique, fitting, and not too long. Then when I read ACOWAR last week - and don't ask me how - I finally figured it out! Or, rather, I got an idea, and then for the last week, I've been playing with it, trying different things, and finally settled with The Reading Faery.

The reason for this change is because I haven't been happy with my old name. Bookshelf Adventures is boring and unoriginal, and I picked it a while ago, and it didn't take long for me to grow tired of it. It just wasn't all that well-thought out, and, let's be honest, it doesn't exactly catch your attention. This time around, I've really thought about the name, I've done the new design (which is a lot the same, because I'm really happy with my design), and I think the name looks great with it and it feels a lot more me.

So where does this new name come from? Well, I thought about it a lot, and I wanted something different, and when I read ACOWAR, obviously, I thought a lot about the fey. See, I love reading about the fey, it's by far my favourite mythological creature, I think they're really interesting and basically, I just love the fey. So I decided I wanted to have a blog name that somehow used the word fey/faery. Then, I needed something to convey that this is a book blog, and tried several different things, like "reading" and "book-obsessed". So I tried writing down my alternatives, and "The Book-Obsessed Faery" just looked weird, and it was too long, so I narrowed it down to two different alternatives; "The Reading Fey" and "The Reading Faery". I was pretty happy with both of the names, so I did some research. I googled around to see if I could find any blogs using the words "fey" or "faery", and I found a few that used "fey", but none that had the word "faery" in the title, and so I decided on The Reading Faery.

If you're still reading (thank you for that, and sorry for the long, boring post), my new web address will be I will probably change it sometime in June, to make sure no one misses it and then can't find my blog. The content will still be the same, but I think it will be a lot more fun to blog when I'm actually happy with my blog.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Character Interview: Apolline from Princess of Tyrone by Katie Hamstead

Hi guys! I have something really exciting to share with you today! You have no idea how hard it's been to keep this from you the last few months, but it's finally here! A character interview with Apolline from Princess of Tyrone, the first book in The Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles by Katie Hamstead. I absolutely loved the book, and Apolline was so much fun to read about, she's totally badass and cool, and I'm so excited to have gotten the chance to interview her. Keep Reading for the interview, plus some teasers.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Character Interview: Florence from The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

Hey guys! Right now, there is a read-along going on for The Alchemists of Loom, the first book in The Loom Saga by Elise Kova, prior to the second book, The Dragons of Nova, releasing in July, and throughout, there will be bonus content and interviews, both character and author, posted on different blogs. Today, I have the honour of posting a Character Interview with Florence. The read-along started May 8th, and will go on until May 31st. The read-along is going on on Facebook, and if you want to join, just follow this link.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Review: The Struggle (Titan #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: The Struggle
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 hearts
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pub. date: March 20th 2017
SynopsisA bloody path has been chosen… 

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs. 

The Great War fought by the few is coming… 

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people. 

In the end, the sun will fall… 

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same. 
For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in… (synopsis from Goodreads)

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Review: Rome (Marked Men #3) by Jay Crownover

Title: Rome
Author: Jay Crownover
My rating: 5 hearts
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pub. date: July 3rd 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins
SynopsisCora Lewis is a whole lot of fun, and she knows how to keep her tattooed bad boy friends in line. But all that flash and sass hide the fact that she’s never gotten over the way her first love broke her heart. Now she has a plan to make sure that never happens again: She’s only going to fall in love with someone perfect. 
Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn and rigid, he’s bossy and has come back from his final tour of duty fundamentally broken. Rome’s used to filling a role: big brother, doting son, super soldier; and now none of these fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes the only color on his bleak horizon. 
Perfect isn’t in the cards for these two, but imperfect might just last forever . . .

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: A Court of Wings and Ruins (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Hosted by Breaking the Spine

For today, I have picked a book that I have been waiting for for so long. I am incredibly excited to read it, I have absolutely loved the rest of the series, and now I'm freaking out because it's like two weeks left. TWO WEEKS! Can you believe it?

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Review: Rule (Marked Men #1) by Jay Crownover

Title: Rule
Author: Jay Crownover
My rating: 4 hearts
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: July 3rd 2014
Pub. date: Harper Collins
SynopsisOpposites in every way . . . except the one that matters 

Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want—and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.

To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess-and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw-even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is.

But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each other. (synopsis from Goodreads)

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco

Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
My rating: I'm going to rebel against my own rating system and give it 6 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Historical 
Pub. date: September 20th 2016
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
SynopsisA #1 New York Times Bestseller! 

Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion...

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story's shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget. (synopsis from Goodreads)

Monday, 3 April 2017

March Wrap-Up & April TBR

I really didn't follow my TBR last month. I read a lot in March, 12 books (yes, you read that right!) but most of them weren't on my TBR. I started reading The Marked Men series by Jay Crownover, and then I just couldn't stop, so I finished the whole series. But I've read a lot of books I've been wanting to read for a while, so all in all, I'm happy with how March went.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Book Blitz: The Animal Under the Fur by E.J. Mellow

I am so excited to share the Book Blitz for The Animal Under the Fur, a New Adult Action Romance by E.J. Mellow, with you today! This book was so amazing, with badass characters, writing that is out of this world and an original, fast-paced plot. This is one that will keep you glued to the pages until you've finished it. I'm so excited to celebrate the release of this amazing book today! To read my full review, follow this link. Or keep reading for some teasers and an awesome giveaway!

Announcement and Cover Reveal: All Closed Off (Rusk University #4) by Cora Carmack

From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack comes the highly anticipated fourth standalone title in her Rusk University Series, All Closed Off! A passionate story and journey, get ready to be mesmerized with Stella's story! All Closed Off is coming your way May 1st, 2017!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Book Blast: Ivory Queen (Order of the Bell #1.5) by Jacob Devlin

I'm so excited to share this Book Blast with you guys! The Ivory Queen sounds amazing, and I can't wait to read it! Keep reading for some book recommendations and an amazing giveaway!

Monday, 27 March 2017

ARC Review: The Animal Under the Fur by E.J. Mellow

*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not in any way affect my opinion, and all thoughts expressed in this review are unbiased and my own.*
Title: The Animal Under the Fur
Author: E.J. Mellow
My rating: 5 hearts
Genre: New Adult, Action, Romance
Pub. date: March 30th 2017
Publisher: Four Eyed Owl
SynopsisFrom award-winning author E. J. Mellow comes an action romance dripping with vengeful delight.

Orphaned on the streets as a baby, Nashville Brown, a.k.a Kill Operative 3, knows better than to rely on anyone. With heightened senses and superhuman strength to survive, she’s been raised as the perfect assassin.

The trick to her success? Keeping everyone, even her best friend, at arm’s length.

Losing his entire family in the span of a year, Carter Smith left his ability to love buried deep in their graves. His only concerns now are completing his missions and effortlessly charming the next temptress to warm his bed.

The key to his accomplishments? Working alone mixed with a Casanova smile.

But when a deadly weapon needs to be stopped from falling into the wrong hands, the lone wolves find themselves thrown into an explosive partnership. Can Carter and 3 lower their guns aimed at one another long enough to succeed, or will their unwillingness to compromise end up destroying more than their perfect records? Whatever their differences, both agree on one thing—in the game of lies and deceit, the line between friend and foe is often blurred by blood splatter.

The Animal Under The Fur is a hate-to-loath-to-love standalone novel filled with savagery, secrets, and enough angst to wrinkle the pages you’ll find gripped in your hands. (synopsis from Goodreads)

Thursday, 23 March 2017

ARC Review: Myths of Mish (Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles #2) by Katie Hamstead

*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not in any way affect my opinion, and all thoughts expressed in this review are unbiased and my own.*
Title: Myths of Mish
Author: Katie Hamstead
My rating: 4 hearts
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pub. date: March 28th 2017
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
SynopsisHansel and Gretel Herrscher survived the witch in the woods, but the experience has made Hansel paranoid for the past ten years. He sees dark magic at every turn. When Gretel has a marriage arranged to a much older man, and Hansel discovers he's about to be sent halfway across the galaxy, he knows something sinister is afoot. 

Wilhelmine Nordon has plenty of experience with Hansel's quirkier side. So when she catches him and Gretel running away in the middle of the night, she follows to keep them from getting killed. The siblings have never left the capital of Mish on their own, so they need a babysitter. Except when she's discovered, Hansel gives her his usual cold shoulder, and Gretel secretly begs her to take them back. 

The problem is, Hansel's paranoia turns out to be well founded, and they're all being hunted. (synopsis from Goodreads)

Monday, 20 March 2017

Review: Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
My rating: 6 hearts
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pub. date: January 31st 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
SynopsisWhatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . . 

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever. (synopsis from Goodreads)

Friday, 17 March 2017

ARC Review: Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion #1) by Rosalyn Eves

*I recieved an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not in any way affect my opinion, and all thoughts expressed in this review are unbiased and my own.*

Title: Blood Rose Rebellion
Author: Rosalyn Eves
My rating: 2.5 hearts
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical
Pub. date: March 28th 2017
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
SynopsisThe thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever. (synopsis from Goodreads)

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Blog Tour and Review: Off the Ice (Juniper Falls #1) by Julie Cross

I am so excited to share the Blog Tour for Off the Ice by Julie Cross with you guys! The tour is hosted by Chapter by Chapter. You can find the full tour schedule hereOff the Ice is a Contemporary Romance, and it was a really sweet, romantic read!  Keep reading for my review and a giveaway!
Title: Off the Ice
Author: Julie Cross
My rating: 4 hearts
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pub. date: February 27th 2017
Publisher: Entangled: TEEN
SynopsisAll is fair in love and hockey…

Claire O’Connor is back in Juniper Falls, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be. One semester off, that’s what she promised herself. Just long enough to take care of her father and keep the family business—a hockey bar beside the ice rink—afloat. After that, she’s getting the hell out. Again.

Enter Tate Tanley. What happened between them the night before she left town resurfaces the second they lay eyes on each other. But the guy she remembers has been replaced by a total hottie. When Tate is unexpectedly called in to take over for the hockey team’s star goalie, suddenly he’s in the spotlight and on his way to becoming just another egotistical varsity hockey player. And Claire’s sworn off Juniper Falls hockey players for good.

It’s the absolute worst time to fall in love.

For Tate and Claire, hockey isn’t just a game. And they both might not survive a body check to the heart. (synopsis from Goodreads)

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Review: RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

Title: RoseBlood
Author: A.G. Howard
My rating: 4.5 hearts
Genre: Young Adult, Retelling, Romance
Pub. date: January 10th 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books
SynopsisIn this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera. 

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known. (synopsis from Goodreads)

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Review: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 5 hearts
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pub. date: September 27th 2016
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
SynopsisKaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world. (synopsis from Goodreads)

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

February Wrap-Up & March TBR

Okay, so, February really didn't go according to plan. I read more than I expected to read, but I didn't follow my TBR. There is a really simple explanation to this: I received a lot of ARCs that I needed to prioritize, so I mostly read them. The good news is that I now only have one left (Blood Rose Rebellion), that I'm currently reading.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Thursday Quotables: Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco

Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

Monday, 20 February 2017

Review: Whirl (Ondine Quartet #1) by Emma Raveling

Title: Whirl
Author: Emma Raveling
My rating: 4 hearts
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pub. date: September 16th 2011
Publisher: Mandorla Publishing
SynopsisOutspoken and independent, Kendra Irisavie has always played by her own rules.

She's an ondine, a water elemental gifted with the powerful magic of Empath Virtue and trained to be a fighter. Pursued by Aquidae demons, she and her mother remain Rogue, hiding among humans to avoid becoming casualties in an ancient war.

Everything changes when violence erupts on Kendra's seventeenth birthday. A dark stranger appears, promising answers to her mysterious past and stirring unexpected feelings in her fiercely guarded heart.

But as Kendra uncovers the truth about her heritage and future, she realizes just how deep the lies and deception run.

Now, in the face of unthinkable odds, she will need all her wits, skills, and magic to fulfill an extraordinary prophecy.
The first in a sweeping urban fantasy series, Whirl is the beginning of a young woman's exhilarating journey for survival, love, and hope as she fights for her place in a world where she doesn't belong. (synopsis from Goodreads)

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Review: Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2) by Brenda Drake

*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is no way affects my opinion, all opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.*
Title: Guardian of Secrets
Author: Brenda Drake
My rating: 4 hearts
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pub. date: February 7th 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
SynopsisBeing a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives. (synopsis from Goodreads)

Monday, 13 February 2017

Review: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

I absolutely loved the Grisha Trilogy, I love this world Bardugo has created, but I must say, Six of Crows was even better! It beat the Grisha Trilogy, right along with all of my expectations. I have no idea why I waited so long to read this.

Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pub. date: September 29th 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
SynopsisKetterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first. (synopsis from Goodreads)

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

In My Mailbox #4

Hey guys! It's been ages since I've done an IMM, but I decided that, since I've gotten so many books lately, I had to do one, so here it is! I've mostly received a lot of ARCs, and I'm so excited to get to read them all!

Sunday, 5 February 2017

January Wrap-Up & February TBR

Hi! How have you guys been? I hope you've had a good start to  2017! I have had such a wonderful start of 2017, both bookish and otherwise. I've made a new friend IRL that loves books as much as I do, and I love discussing books with her! I've also read 11 books, most of which were amazing. I finally got to reading Six of Crows and there has been a lot of wonderful releases this month! I'm actually surprised I managed to read so many books, because right now, I have a lot at school, so I have to spend most of my time studying. I also have so many books I'm excited about reading in February, both new releases and "old" books that I'm finally getting around to reading.

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