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Blog Author Feature: Nicki Pau Preto

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Good morning lovelies!

I am proud to share with you today's Blog Author Feature: Nicki Pau Preto, hosted by Simon & Schuster Canada. I am currently reading this one, and it is really surprising me.

Book Details:

Title: Crown of Feathers
Author: Nicki Pau Preto
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 12th, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Author Details:

Nicki is Canadian YA author, living near Toronto, Ontario. With a degree in visual arts, a masters in art history, as well as a diploma in graphic design, she is passionate about art and the wonders of escaping the real world. She is not a fan of 9-5 work days, so thankfully her chosen career covers all those aspects. Crown of Feathers is her debut novel.


Synopsis:

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne w…

ARC Review: Bloodspell by C.J. Redwine

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Good morning friends 😊

This morning I am sharing my review for Bloodspell by C.J. Redwine, which releases tomorrow. I was so surprised by how much this magical world drew me in, just loved it!

RATING: 4.5 / 5 ⭐

This novel follows Blue, a merchant's daughter in a small village in Balavata. She tries to remain unnoticed - in fear of her magic being discovered, sentencing her to death. However, once her father is murdered and a ruthless woman claims custody of Blue and all she owns, secrets, keeping them and finding them out, are more important than ever. At the same time, childhood friend Kellan, the crown prince of Balavata, is must announce his betrothal to a head family's daughter. But as blood sheds and every step could cost him the kingdom, these two chara
cters must be careful to keep those they love, and themselves, alive.

I absolutely loved the fairytale retelling, the Cinderella aspects were prominent, but not over powering. The setting was vivid, with fantasy elements…

2019 Winter/Spring ARC Reviews

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Good morning friends! Here are my most recent reads, all Winter/Spring 2019 ARCs from amazing publishers!

Testimony of Your Perfect Girl (Expected publication: May 14th 2019)

RATING: 4.25 ⭐

This novel follows Annie Tripp, a teenage girl who has everything she needs: designer clothes, elite figure skating lessons, and more. However, her precious world shatters when her father is accused of scamming hundreds of clients and investors. Temporarily living with her Aunt and Uncle is better than she expected, but soon family secrets start unraveling. Annie must focus on the truth, and which lies are better left alone.

This story really surprised me - the writing style was bolder than I expected, but that made it realistic. It was straight forward on topics that are everywhere in society (smoking, drinking, etc.), and did not sugar coat it. Annie was a bit hard to connect with at times, but I liked her development of down to earth qualities. It was a tad slow at times throughout, but the endin…

January Wrap Up/Haul & February TBR

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Hi lovelies! Hope everyone is having a great day! Can't believe it is already time for a Wrap Up, and January was a good reading month!

WRAP UP:
Courting Darkness - 4.25 ⭐️We Rule the Night - 4 ⭐️Archenemies - 5 ⭐️What We Buried - 4 ⭐️When I Was Summer - 4.5 ⭐️The Similars - 4.5 ⭐️Little White Lies - 4.5 ⭐️

BOOK HAUL:
Here's a photo of the books I got this month! They are a variety of a gifts, ARCs, personal purchases, and book box selections.


FEBRUARY TBR:
Out of these seven books stacked here, my goal is to read at least five of them! So far, I have read three books - but only one from this stack unfortunately. I am a major mood reader, and right now I am loving the contemporaries!


2019 ARC Reviews

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Hello book world *waves* I am back with a pair of 2019 ARC reviews that I am very excited to share with you!


When I Was Summer by J.B. Howard

4.5/5 stars


This story follows Nora, an adoptive daughter, a talented bass guitarist, and is currently in love with someone who is in love with someone else. Along with her fellow band mates, she's on a road trip across the state to not only play music (and maybe even get scouted), but to find out information on her biological mother. With three stops for three gigs, and three addresses of potential parents, it's going to be a hectic week!

In this contemporary adventure, Nora learns that love is not always a fairy tale, but also that she is stronger than she thought. Her development as a character was smooth but dynamic, and despite feeling more lost and confused than when she began, she never gave up. The writing style is easy to read, and the realistic challenges they face were well written too. 
Honestly, my favourite part of the book, …

ARC Blog Tour: Courting Darkness

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Good morning lovelies!

I am proud to share with you today's stop on the Courting Darkness Blog Tour, hosted by Raincoast Books. I read this one about a week ago, and it truly surprised me.

Tour Schedule:



Book Details:

Title: Courting Darkness
Author: Robin LaFevers
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 5th, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical


Synopsis:

Death wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning…

Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep in the French court years ago by the convent—provided Sybella can find them.

Genevieve has been undercover for so man…

Bookish Shops Saturday

Hey guys! I just wanted to share some amazing shops that I am proud to be working with this season or just adore shopping at, and maybe you'll find a new bookish shop to support!


BOOK BOXES:


Beacon Book Box

Based in Michigan, USA, this family run business is celebrating their one year anniversary in February! They're so much fun to be apart of, and very interactive with friends and followers (weekly live videos, YouTube channel, Book Club, etc.). I cannot wait for my first box, the January one, which ships next week! Their February DANGEROUS DESTINIES box is still available, in case you'd like to join the Beacon Family 💙

code: LIBRARY5


Uppercase Box


If you're a fan of new YA releases, but want to reduce the goodies (and the cost) of a normal box, I highly recommend Uppercase Box. With a SIGNED new YA release hardcover in every box, along with a small variety of goodies, it is the perfect box for book lovers on a budget. Every month also allows the reader exclusive author…