Wicked Saints – Blog Tour

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Hey guys! I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Emily A. Duncan’s debut novel, Wicked Saints! I just want to say a quick thank you to Wednesday Books for inviting me to be a part of this tour because this book was absolutely incredible.

SUMMARY:

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A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

My Review:

I’m not gonna, the first thing that came to my mind when I read the synopsis of this book was: AHHH! IT SOUNDS LIKE SIX OF CROWS!! Which, if you don’t know, is one of my all time favorites, but this book turned out to be much, much darker, which is not a bad thing. The world Duncan creates is both beautiful and brutal, with the lands being ravished by a seemingly endless holy war. Our main characters are Nadya, a cleric who can speak to all of the gods, Malachiasz, a blood mage who leads a group of rebels, and Serefin, a blood mage prince who is hunting Nadya, who I actually all really enjoyed (an impressive feat considering I always seem to find something to hate on hahaha). I will say I think Serefin is my favorite considering he is both a bisexual icon and one of my new favorite villains.
The book starts off by throwing the reader into the middle of an invasion which really sets the tone for the rest of the book. The pace is quick and the pages are full of action which makes this a hard book to put down. I will say that as someone who hates blood and needles and all things of that manner I was a little put off by the blood magic in the beginning, but I think it’s something really cool that a lot of other authors haven’t really explored. I also really enjoyed the Russian and Slavic influences on the story/world, and though Duncan did a great job in incorporating it naturally into the story. I also think she did a great job at setting up the religions of this world, something that actually reminded me of Bardugo’s other series the Grisha Trilogy, because that is extremely difficult to do! Despite all of my  comparisons to Bardugo’s books I truly believe this book stands on its own, and that Emily A. Duncan is going to be the next YA dark fantasy queen. I really want to talk about everything I loved in incredible detail, but, as this book doesn’t come out till April 4th, I shall restrain myself till then.
Overall, Wicked Saints is an amazing book filled to the brim with beautiful writing, brutal action, and an incredible story. I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone who loves fantasy–especially dark fantasy–and I need to get my hands on the next book asap!! I’m giving Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan 5/5 stars for being my, and probably everyone else’s, newest obsession.
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About the Author:

41ad2-emily2ba.2bduncanEMILY A. DUNCAN works as a youth services librarian. She received a Master’s degree in library science

from Kent State University, which mostly taught her how to find obscure Slavic folklore texts through

interlibrary loan systems. When not reading or writing, she enjoys playing copious amounts of video

games and dungeons and dragons. Wicked Saints is her first book. She lives in Ohio.

 

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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan releases on April 2nd, 2019.

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We Rule the Night – ARC Review

We Rule the Night

By Claire Eliza Bartlett

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Title: We Rule the Night


Author: Claire Eliza Bartlett


Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pub. Date: April 2nd, 2019

 

Thank you so much to NOVL for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis:

Two girls use forbidden magic to fly and fight–for their country and for themselves–in this riveting debut that’s part Shadow and Bone, part Code Name Verity.

Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They’re both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women’s military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can’t fly together, and if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them–if they don’t destroy each other first.

We Rule the Night is a powerful story about sacrifice, complicated friendships, and survival despite impossible odds.

My Review 

I was so, so excited when I received this in the mail not only because of its definite bookstagram potential (just look at that cover!!!), but because of its completely epic synopsis. As a WWII inspired, feminist fantasy novel I had high hopes going into this We Rule the Night, and Bartlett certainly did not disappoint me.

This world is absolutely fascinating and very well fleshed out! It’s completely original and different to many of the fantasy worlds I’ve been reading about lately that have all blended together into a sort of fantasy mush. The war-torn feel comes across clearly, and leaves the world feeling very reminiscent of WWII. The magic system is so intriguing and completely intertwined to the world itself. With Living Metal, the Weave, and the Spark, I can confidently say that this magic system is unlike any other I’ve encountered in my many, many years of reading, which is a truly astonishing feat. The closest thing I can think of is Leo from The Heroes of Olympus, but that doesn’t even compare to how detailed and imaginative the magic system is within these pages.

I literally felt as if I could not put this book down, and somehow managed to finish it within a few hours of picking it up. The action is great, the world it great, and the characters might be the best part of it all. Our main characters, Revna and Linne, are incredibly complex, capable, badass females we all need in our lived. They each had a certain depth to them which brought them to life, and I found myself cheering them on from the sidelines as they faced challenge after challenge. Bartlett clearly put lots of time and effort in developing these characters, and it clearly paid off. I really have nothing bad to say aside from the fact that the plot seemed to slow down and lag at times, but that didn’t do too much to hinder my enjoyment.

In conclusion, I give We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett four and a half out of five stars for fulfilling my feminist fantasy dreams. I highly recommend We Rule the Night to anyone and everyone, but especially to all of the females out there who love a good fantasy novel.

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The Dysasters Blog Tour

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Hey guys, I’m so excited to be a part of The Dysasters blog tour! I just want to say a quick thank you to Wednesday Books for sending me an arc and inviting me be a part of this tour. I haven’t yet posted my full review for The Dysasters, but just know that I absolutely love the concept of this book and that it was a lot of fun to read. It definitely isn’t perfect, but no book is, and I believe that the good outweighs the bad in this case. The characters are interesting, the pages are action packed, and I’m looking forward to what the next book will bring : )

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About the Book:

Casts_The DysastersP.C. and Kristin Cast, the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of the House of Night phenomenon, return to the scene with The Dysasters—the first action-packed novel in a new paranormal fantasy series.

Adoptive daughter of a gifted scientist, Foster Stewart doesn’t live a “normal” life, (not that she’d want to). But controlling cloud formations and seeing airwaves aren’t things most eighteen year olds can do.

Small town star quarterback and quintessential dreamy boy next door, Tate “Nighthawk” Taylor has never thought much about his extra abilities. Sure, his night vision comes in handy during games, but who wouldn’t want that extra edge?

From the moment Foster and Tate collide, their worlds spiral and a deadly tornado forces them to work together, fully awakening their not-so-natural ability – the power to control air.

As they each deal with the tragic loss of loved ones, they’re caught by another devastating blow – they are the first in a group of teens genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements, and worse… they’re being hunted.

Now, Foster and Tate must fight to control their abilities as they learn of their past, how they came to be, who’s following them, and what tomorrow will bring… more DYSASTERS?

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About the Authors:

Author P#1 New York Times & #1 USA Today bestselling author P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and, after her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Booksellers’ Best, and many, many more. Ms. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker who lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses.

Kristin Cast is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the wildly successful House of Night series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal. When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves going on adventures with her friends, family, and significant other, playing with her dogs (Grace Kelly and Hobbs the Tiny Dragon), and is currently obsessed with her baby.

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Most Anticipated Books of 2019

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It feels like 2018 has flown by! I started my senior year, applied to college, and reached a whole bunch of other milestones in my life. We’re in the first month of 2019 now, and with the new year comes a ton of new releases that I cannot wait for, so I’ve decided to compile a list for you all of my most anticipated books of 2019 :

The Wicked King by Holly Black

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Synopsis: You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

Release Date: January 8th, 2019

Ok, so The Wicked King is already out at this point, but it was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 and still deserves to be on this list! I’ve actually already got a review for The Wicked King up here, so go check that out, but it definitely lived up to my expectations!

If you would like to order The Wicked King:

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis: Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

Release Date: January 29th, 2019

Nikolai might be my favorite character from the Grisha Trilogy, and I am so glad that he’s getting his own duology! He’s so charming and charismatic and another one of my favorite book boyfriends. Luckily we don’t have to wait too long to have King of Scars in our hands–only thirteen more days!!!

If you would like to pre-order King of Scars:

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

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Synopsis:

A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

Get in quick, get out quicker.

These are the words Keralie Corrington lives by as the preeminent dipper in the Concord, the central area uniting the four quadrants of Quadara. She steals under the guidance of her mentor Mackiel, who runs a black market selling their bounty to buyers desperate for what they can’t get in their own quarter. For in the nation of Quadara, each quarter is strictly divided from the other. Four queens rule together, one from each region:

Toria: the intellectual quarter that values education and ambition

Ludia: the pleasure quarter that values celebration, passion, and entertainment

Archia: the agricultural quarter that values simplicity and nature

Eonia: the futurist quarter that values technology, stoicism and harmonious community

When Keralie intercepts a comm disk coming from the House of Concord, what seems like a standard job goes horribly wrong. Upon watching the comm disks, Keralie sees all four queens murdered in four brutal ways. Hoping that discovering the intended recipient will reveal the culprit – information that is bound to be valuable bartering material with the palace – Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, to complete Varin’s original job and see where it takes them.

Release Date: February 26th, 2019

I cannot wait for this book! I’ve heard nothing but good things from my friends who were lucky enough to get review copies, and I was hooked from the moment I read the synopsis…and saw the cover. This is probably one of the most stunning covers of 2019, and I simply can’t wait to post it on my instagram

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Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

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Synopsis: How do you kill a god?

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

Release Date: February 26th, 2019

I really enjoy Tricia Levenseller’s writing, and I really enjoy

vikings, so it is safe to say that I’m really going to enjoy Warrior of the Wild! This book sounds so, so good, and, luckily, I’ve already been approved for an ARC on Netgalley so I can begin reading it ASAP.

If you would like to pre-order Warrior of the Wild:

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

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Synopsis:From #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare comes the first novel in a brand-new trilogy that stars the Shadowhunters of Edwardian London. Chain of Gold is a Shadowhunters novel.

Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London… and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.

James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero… and falling in love.

Release Date: February 26th, 2019

And here’s the second and final Cassandra Clare on this list! As excited as I am for a Malec book, I might be slightly more excited for Chain of Golf because it’s centered around Tessa and Will’s children! Will Herondale will probably be my favorite book boyfriend till the end of time, and I cannot wait to meet his children.

If you would like to pre-order Chain of Gold:

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

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Synopsis: A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

 
Release Date: April 2nd, 2019
This is probably the most exciting fantasy novel coming out in 2019! The synopsis gives me total Grishaverse vibes, and Roshani Chokshi blurbed it with “this is for everyone who shipped Alina and the Darkling…” which I definitely did. Luckily, I don’t have to wait to read this one since I’m actually part of the blog tour for it! I’m planning on reading it as soon as possible.
If you would like to pre-order Wicked Saints:

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

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Synopsis:

From #1 New York Times bestseller Cassandra Clare and award-winner Wesley Chu comes the first book in a new series that follows High Warlock Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood as they tour the world after the Mortal War. The Red Scrolls of Magic is a Shadowhunters novel.

All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.

Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.

Release Date: April 2nd, 2019
This is only the first Cassandra Clare book on my list…there will be more, but I’ve been obsessed with everything Shadowhunter since City of Bones came out in 2007. It was one of the books that got me into reading YA specifically, and she remains one of my favorite authors to this day. Also Malec has been my favorite ship since, well, ships were a thing, and I’m so glad that there is going to be a series based on them!

If you would like to pre-order The Red Scrolls of Magic:

Finale by Stephanie Garber

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Synopsis:Welcome, welcome to Finale, the third and final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Caraval series!

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…all games must come to an end.

It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.

Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finaly, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win…and those who will lose everything. . .

Release Date: May 7th, 2019

Finale is the conclusion to a beloved series of mine, so I’m both looking forward to it and dreading it. I would love to stay in the magical world of Caraval for as long as possible, but all things must come to an end…eventually. Stephanie is such an incredible writer, and I’m looking forward to what she puts out next.

If you would like to pre-order Finale:

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

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Synopsis: Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal — but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change — there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic – the possibilities are endless.

Release Date: May 7th, 2019

I may not be the biggest fan of contemporaries, but I absolutely love Christine! I’ve been watching her videos for years and years, and she is probably one of my biggest bookish inspirations. I can’t wait to get her book and support her 🙂

If you would like to pre-order Again, but Better:

That’s it for my most anticipated releases of 2019! I’d love to know which books you’re looking forward to down in the comments! Hope you have a great day!

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The Wicked King – Book Review

The Wicked King

By Holly Black

Details:


Title: The Wicked King


Author: Holly Black


Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


Pub. Date: January 8th, 2019



Synopsis:

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

My Review:  

When I first tried to read The Cruel Prince I decided I hated it before I got through the first twenty pages. I was convinced that the rest of the world was wrong, and that The Cruel Prince was absolutely terrible. I posted about it, talked about with friends, and probably made enemies with a good half of the bookstagram community. But one of my friends would not give up on me. She promised that if I finished The Cruel Prince she would read a book of my choice that I’d been begging her to read for ages, so I begrudgingly agreed. I forced my way through the pages, hating almost every character I met along the way, but somewhere around halfway through I found myself unable to put it down, utterly invested in the story. I finished the book two hours later and made amends with (almost) everyone. From the moment I finished The Cruel Prince I put The Wicked King on my most anticipated reads of 2019, and started reading it on my Kindle the moment it was released.

This book absolutely infuriated me in the best way possible. Holly Black does a fantastic job and sucking readers back into the world of Elfhame–this time with Cardan on the throne. I loved how Cardan and Jude interacted throughout the story, the tension is tangible between the two, and the moment it finally breaks is absolutely epic and has given a new meaning to “I hate you”. Cardan and Jude’s relationship progresses in a way that is both entertaining and well done. There were moments between the two that made me swoon, made me yell, and made me wonder why I like to torture myself, but they are definitely one of my favorite ships. Jude is just as badass as ever (if not more), and Cardan a pompous ass who I both want to hit and kiss. Taryn and Locke still remain as two of my least favorite characters ever created, but that alone is a testament to Black’s incredible characterization…I don’t think I’ve ever loved hating anyone as much as I love to hate them. Their whole relationship just pisses me off to no end, and I swear to god the reveal near the end that involved Taryn had me screaming and tossing my book around the room. Speaking of things that had me screaming, I love how the Undersea was more involved in this book. Queen Orlagh and Nacasia and Balekin really raise the stakes in The Wicked King, and provide a wonder antagonizing force for our favorites to go up against. The only issue I have with the conflict in this novel is that it takes a while to get to it. I felt like the beginning of the novel, though interesting and necessary to establish where we are in time and what’s happened while we’ve been away, could have been much shorter. That and the fact that I had to wait a year for this book and another year for The Queen of Nothing are the only issues I really have. Oh, and that the ending had me absolutely sobbing due rage because of my problematic faves and sadness that I’d have to leave Elfhame again until next year. In all honestly the ending is amazing, and it has left readers begging for the next book as soon as possible.

In conclusion I give The Wicked King by Holly Black four and a half out of five stars for being an incredible sequel to what was one of my favorite books of 2018. I highly recommend The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King to anyone who loves fantasy, epic relationships, and dramatic fae princes.

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An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason – Book Review

An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason

By Virginia Boecker

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Title: An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason


Author: Virginia Boecker

 


Pub. Date: October 23rd, 2018



Synopsis:

When Lady Katherine’s father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers treason wasn’t the only secret he’s been hiding: he was also involved in a murder plot against the reigning Queen Elizabeth I. With nothing left to lose, Katherine disguises herself as a boy and travels to London to fulfill her father’s mission, and to take it one step further–kill the queen herself.

Katherine’s opportunity comes in the form of William Shakespeare’s newest play, which is to be performed in front of Her Majesty. But what she doesn’t know is that the play is not just a play–it’s a plot to root out insurrectionists and destroy the rebellion once and for all.

The mastermind behind this ruse is Toby Ellis, a young spy for the queen with secrets of his own. When Toby and Katherine are cast opposite each other as the play’s leads, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another. But the closer they grow, the more precarious their positions become. And soon they learn that star-crossed love, mistaken identity, and betrayal are far more dangerous off the stage than on. 

Disclaimer: The publisher provided me with ARC of An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

 

My Review 

As a fan of Shakespeare and historical fiction in general, I was itching to get my hands on the books from the moment I read the blurb. An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason has to be one of the most entertaining YA historical fiction novels I have ever read. It’s a wonderful take on classic Shakespearian tropes that I can see many, many people enjoying. 

A royal spy and an orphan out for revenge on the people who killed her father, Toby and Katherine could not be more different. One is out to prevent the people who are plotting to kill Queen Elizabeth and the other out to assassinate her. Katherine disguises herself as a boy, Kit, and auditions for a play which is being put for the queen in order to assassinate. The play itself is actually being put on by Toby who is using it to Lure the assassins in and stop their plotting. Over the course of the novel the two start to develop feelings for each other, and, of course, drama ensues. I really enjoyed both characters, and the similarities with the play which is being performed, Twelfth Night. I loved how we got to see Katherine grow and find herself over the course of the novel, and I found her story to be very relatable and empowering. Toby was so passionate and funny–he’s a character that you can’t help but like. The only real issue I had with this book was the pacing. I felt that there were a lot of things that could have been sped up such as all of the plotting, the investigating, even the relationship between the two main characters. The ending though, that definitely made up for the pacing issues. It was fun, exciting, and the perfect way to tie up the novel. One thing I really need to give props for is how well researched this book was. Reading it, I could tell that Boecker actually put effort into trying to make things as historically accurate as possible which is something that not every author does.

In conclusion I give An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason four out of five stars for being a fun-filled read as well as one of my new favorite YA Historical Fictions. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone, but especially to fans of Shakespeare.

              

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The Leading Edge of Now – ARC Tour and Review

I was invited by the wonderful Victoria @ thepetitebookblogger.wordpress.com to participate in an ARC tour for The Leading Edge of Now by Marci Lyn Curtis. I hadn’t really heard about this book before joining the tour, so I was wonderfully surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

Synopsis:

Just when Grace is beginning to get used to being an orphan, her estranged uncle suddenly comes forward to claim her. That might have been okay if he’d spoken to her even once since her father died. Or if moving in with Uncle Rusty didn’t mean returning to New Harbor.

Grace once spent the best summers of her life in New Harbor. Now the place just reminds her of all she’s lost: her best friend, her boyfriend and any memory of the night that changed her forever.

People say the truth will set you free, but Grace isn’t sure about that. Once she starts looking for it, the truth about that night is hard to find — and what happens when her healing hurts the people she cares about the most?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34520598-the-leading-edge-of-now

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My Review:

I really didn’t know much about The Leading Edge of Now aside from the fact that it was a contemporary novel. I was expecting it to be a quick, fun read, but it was so much more than that. Grace’s story is raw, emotional, and focuses on difficult topics that I don’t believe get featured very well in YA literature. I must put a trigger warning for rape/sexual abuse which is something that is heavily featured in the book, but Curtis does such a fantastic job at addressing it in a way that I believe to be very prevalent in our society today.

The story starts out with Grace reconnecting with her Uncle, Rusty, after two years of being in foster care. She also learns that her ex best friend and ex boyfriend have moved next door and it’s a lot for her to take in all at once. She used to hold so many great memories in New Harbor, but all those great memories were tainted after she was raped. She doesn’t remember what happened that night, and blames herself. Throughout the course of the story, we get to see Grace slowly but surely reconnect with her friends and family in a way that is more believable than most stories, as well as confront her past. The Leading Edge of Now is an emotional rollercoaster full of twists and turns. We get to witnesses Grace’s journey through a very dark time in her life and see her come out the other side. Her character was so realistic, and I often found myself wanting the best for her. We get to see Grace go from a victim to a survivor, and I think thats it is a very important and inspiration story that girls of all ages should read.

Overall, I give The Leading Edge of Now four out of five stars for being an inspirational story of a survivor who goes through the darkest time of her life to come out the other side a better person. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a realistic, inspirational read, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

 

Author Information:

Marci Lyn Curtis is the author of young adult dramedies The One Thing and The Leading Edge of Now. She lives near Tampa, Florida with her husband. You can find out more about Marci on her website (marcilyncurtis.com), on Twitter (@Marci_Curtis), on Instagram (@marcilyncurtis), or on Facebook (marcilyncurtis).

 

 

Thanks so much again to Victoria for inviting me to be a part of this tour, and thanks to the author, Marci Lyn Curtis, for providing an ARC of the book.

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