A Court of Thorns and Roses Series – An update

So… I know I promised my ACOTAR review like…last month…

Well… it’s not that I haven’t finished the books, it’s that… I have too many feelings to sort through surrounding the series.

ACOTAR and ACOMAF got me through a really rough time in my life and when I read them for the first time last year, I was hooked, engrossed, in love with the characters, their hardships, their world, the dynamic relationships. They helped me take a break from my real world stresses.

And I have literally spent the past year or so stuck in their world. And I have the collection of memes, theories, and fan art to  prove it. 

So now that A Court of Wings and Ruin is out, and I finished it that day. I’m stuck again. The resolution to Feyre’s story was an amazing one; Sarah left me feeling satisfied with the end of her story but… I want more. I feel lost knowing that we won’t get more from this character I so identify with… I feel like I’m losing a sister. (And lots of other siblings.)

So forgive my tardiness on my ACOTAR/ACOMAF/ACOWAR series review as I work through this book hangover x a million.

My final words are: if you haven’t read it…finish the book you’re reading and go buy ALL of them right now. You will not be disappointed.

Dragons of Nova cover is here!

Today Elise Kova and Rockstar Book Tours

are revealing the cover for THE DRAGONS OF NOVA, which releases July 11, 2017!

Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win assigned ARC of the book!!

On to the reveal! 



Title: THE

DRAGONS OF NOVA (Loom Saga #2)

Author: Elise Kova

Pub. Date: July 11, 2017

Publisher: Keymaster Press

Formats: Hardcover,

eBook, audiobook

Pages: 488

Find it: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Goodreads

Cvareh 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.


Exclusive Excerpt!

“They’re coming from the front!” Nora

screamed over the crescendo of the engine gaining speed. On cue, the train

lurched as an endwig was splattered to a bloody mess on the point of the

engine’s pilot.


“Bloody cogs,” Florence cursed. The

Vicar Alchemist had sent her to protect the mission as the Revolver, but one of

her wasn’t going to be enough. “I’m going to the engine.”


“What are we going to do?” The usually

self-sure Nora had the face of a cornered hare.


“You’re going to fight.” Florence passed

her a weapon.


“I’ve never shot a gun before.”


“Now is a great time to learn.”


“I’m an Alchemist!”


Seriously, Florence was a breath away

from shooting the woman herself. “You’re dead if you don’t adapt! There’s three

more bombs exactly like the ones you just used, right there. Just fend them off

until the train gets up to speed. But don’t use any other disks.”


Florence had no more time to waste as

the train lurched again. They just had to survive until the train reached full

speed. For all the endwig were, they certainly couldn’t keep up with a

locomotive.


She hoped.


The wind whipped her hair around her

face as she stuck her head from the train car. Florence reached out for the

ladder to the right of the door, scaling up before another endwig could emerge.

She swung up just in time as an explosion nearly blew her foot clean off.


“By the five guilds, you two only had

three bombs!” she screamed over the wind, not knowing if they could hear.

“Ration them a bit!”


Standing, Florence looked in horror at

the tracks ahead. Dozens of endwig lined the path, running eagerly to meet the

train. She loaded six canisters at once.


Jumping to the tender, Florence lost her

footing atop the moving train car. A nail snapped clean off as she sought a

grip that would prevent her from being thrown to certain death. If she fell

now, she would never get back on the vessel. She’d be torn limb from limb.


Gritting her teeth, Florence rose to her

knees, shooting two endwig in the process. She wedged herself between two

grooves on the top of the tender. Blood pooled around her shins as she dug them

into the metal for a grip where there was none, but she was stable enough to

take aim, and that meant she could open fire.


Five shots down, and Florence reloaded

her gun. Endwig came relentlessly like a never-ending nightmare. But the train

didn’t gain any more speed. She repeated the process, waiting for the vessel to

be like her bullets, whizzing through the night at deadly speeds.


“Anders, now would be a great time to

open her up!” she screamed.


There was no reply.


“Anders, Rotus, we need speed, get us

out of here faster!”


Five long claws curled around the door

of the engine in answer. Florence watched in horror as the white silhouette of

an endwig, dotted in the black blood of a Chimera, pulled itself from the

engine room. Florence swallowed hard.


They were without Rivet and Raven,

stumbling through the darkness, enemies at all sides. She raised her gun

slowly, looking fearlessly at the face of death itself. Her revolver was steady

over the rocking of the train.


“You think I’m not used to this?” Her

mouth curled into a mad grin. “I’ve been fighting my way out of the darkness my

whole life. And you’re not going to stop me now.”


Gunshots echoed through the forest.

About Elise: 

<br />

Elise Kova has always had a profound

love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world

long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before

crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next

magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is

not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with

readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air

Awakens Series as well as the Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).





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Next up: ACOTAR – Sarah J. Maas

SQUEEEEE!

So! In lieu of the third ACOTAR book coming out in less than a month (insert squealing fangirl noises), I am going to re-read:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas!

We need hope, or else we cannot endure.

This is one of my favorite book series….EVER. I am so excited to re-read it again and give you guys a review of it. ❤ ❤ ❤

Book Review promised by 4/30/2017.

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REVIEW: Rose Blood – A.G. Howard

Rating: 2.5/5 📖

 

Short Spoiler Free summary: So…Rune, our main chica, has this beautiful gift of song, but is stricken with an “illness” after every song that flows from her. She gets sent to this super fancy artsy fartsy theater school in the countryside of France, to hopefully overcome her “disability” (if you will). 
Thorn, our main chico is a mystery boy somehow linked to Rune. He plays an integral part in her transformations through the book, while harboring some deep secrets.
Spoiler Free review: I’m going to break this down by categories that I feel really make a good book:
1. Plot: I felt like I had the book all figured out by page 10, especially as a retelling of Phantom of the Opera. Fortunately, there were some twists that I had not planned on, which did keep me on my toes. There were some major plot holes, especially in the end when things get juicy.
2. World building: This is based in modern day France- our characters have access to cellphones and facebook. And most of the settings are based off of Phantom of the Opera- which of course is beautiful…but…it makes me sad that nothing seemed original or authentic to this retelling.
3. Character development: The secondary main characters seem pretty 2D- just there to move the story along. Our main characters are better described and fleshed out, however…Rune is annoying. Granted, she is kind of in the dark for most of the book, she is a complainer and moppy teenager. She may be relatable to someone who was 12-16 years old, but as a 24 year old, she isn’t the strong female lead I was hoping for. Thorn is better, but his whole character is meant to be a mystery and so he’s intriguing and his interactions and reasons for being the way he is are justified.

NOW MY FAV PART: SPOILERS!!!

*****DO NOT SCROLL BEYOND HERE IF YOU DONT WANT TO BE SPOILED*****

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The Neverending TBR

*Post in Progress*

Ah, the infamous To Be Read list. For most of us, it is never ending, constantly being rearranged. And I certainly am not immune to the trials and tribulations of a TBR list.

I have a love hate relationship with my TBR list.

I love the idea of so many possible worlds waiting to be delved into, best friends waiting to be made, book boyfriends to be swooned…

But then there is real world things- school, work, bills, homework, projects, events, distractions…life. You know? I get tired and the idea of this long, never ending, ginormous, ten billion trillion book long list…holy crap, is it daunting. 

*caveat: I do reserve the right to add, remove, and change the TBR list, as stated above needs and desires and new books happen every day and things may get pushed back or forward. If you have suggestions, an author, or really want me to check a book out, leave a comment or shoot me a message ❤

So here we go, my forever work in progress:

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Length: 465 pages
Synopsis: “Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
Awards: Nebula Award for Best Novel, Hugo Award Finalist

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The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry
Length: 396 pages
Synopsis:Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.
Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start . . . until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a preschool where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.
Then there are the visits from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her, “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

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A song for Ella Grey- David Almond
Length:274 pages
Synopsis: Claire and Ella and their friends are bound by ties so strong they seem unbreakable. Then the strange and handsome Orpheus strolls onto the beach, and he sings them all into an astonishing new understanding of themselves. Ella is caught the hardest, fastest, deepest—and Claire is left with the pain of looking on.
Raw, emotional, lyrical, funny, and true, A Song for Ella Grey is a tale of the joys, troubles, and desires of modern teens. It takes place in the ordinary streets of Tyneside and on the beautiful beaches of Northumberland. It’s a story of first love, a love song that draws on ancient mythical forces. A love that leads Ella, Orpheus, and Claire to the gates of Death and beyond.
Awards: Winner of The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, PW Best Book of 2015

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Rose blood by A.G. Howard
Length: 432 pages
Synopsis: This YA novel from New York Times bestselling author A. G. Howard marks the beginning of a new era for fans of the Splintered series. Rune Germain moves to a boarding school outside of Paris, only to discover that at this opera-house-turned-music-conservatory, phantoms really do exist. RoseBlood is a Phantom of the Opera–inspired retelling in which Rune’s biggest talent—her voice—is also her biggest curse. Fans of Daughter of Smoke and Bone and the Splintered series will find themselves captivated by this pulse-pounding spin on a classic tale.
Rune, whose voice has been compared to that of an angel, has a mysterious affliction linked to her talent that leaves her sick and drained at the end of every performance. Convinced creative direction will cure her, her mother ships her off to a French boarding school for the arts, rumored to have a haunted past.
Shortly after arriving at RoseBlood conservatory, Rune starts to believe something otherworldly is indeed afoot. The mystery boy she’s seen frequenting the graveyard beside the opera house doesn’t have any classes at the school, and vanishes almost as quickly as he appears. When Rune begins to develop a secret friendship with the elusive Thorn, who dresses in clothing straight out of the 19th century, she realizes that in his presence she feels cured. Thorn may be falling for Rune, but the phantom haunting RoseBlood wants her for a very specific and dangerous purpose. As their love continues to grow, Thorn is faced with an impossible choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or save her and face the wrath of the phantom, the only father he’s ever known.

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Length: 448 pages
Synopsis: Deep in his terrifying realm underground, the cold and forbidding Goblin King casts a dark shadow over nineteen-year-old Liesl. Her grandmother had always warned her to follow the old laws, for every year on the longest night of winter the Goblin King will emerge into the waking world in search of his eternal bride. Sensible and plain, Liesl knows it’s her duty to keep her beautiful sister safe from harm, but she wishes only to indulge in her wild, captivating music, composed and played in secret in the Goblin King’s honor.
When her beautiful sister Käthe is stolen by the Goblin King, Liesl knows she must set aside her childish fantasies to journey to the Underground and save her. Drawn despite herself to the strange, beautiful world she finds–and the mysterious man who rules it–she finds herself facing an impossible choice. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.
Set at the turn of the 19th century, when young upstart composers like Beethoven were forever altering the sound of music, S. Jae-Jones’ richly imagined debut spins a spellbinding tale of music, love, sisterhood, and a young woman’s search for self-actualization.

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Gabriel and the swallows – Ester Dalseno
Length: 342 pages
Synopsis: Orvieto, 1957 Gabriel, a peasant boy with a
disabled mother, constructs elaborate fantasy worlds to comfort when life becomes unbearable. The monotonous days of poverty and merciless bullying are interrupted when Gabriel unintentionally attracts the attention of a mysterious creature, a girl with swallow’s wings.
Navigating life with fellow outsider, the foreigner
Orlando Khan, Gabriel abandons his small town for the grandeurs of Rome.
But Gabriel is now a man and must choose where he
belongs: the imperfect reality, or the dream world that grows stronger and more seductive with each day…

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Wink Poppy Midnight April Genevieve Tucholke
Length: 256 pages
Synopsis:Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.
What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

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Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
Length: 304 pages
Synopsis: Vassa in the Night is a powerful and haunting modern retelling of the Russian folktale “Vassilissa the Beautiful” for teen fans of urban fantasy, fairy tales, magic, and horror who enjoy books by Leigh Bardugo, Kendare Blake, Catherynne Valente, and V. E. Schwab.
In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.
In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.
But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair….

The diviners 1, 2, 3 – Libba Bray

Clariel & Goldhands Garth Nix

Attachments Rainbow Rowell

A Court of Wings and Ruin- SJM

TOG #6 &7

Caravel

Gilded Cage Vic James

Windwitch Susan Dennard

A Crown of Wishes Roshani Chokshi

Gathering of Shadows VE Schwab (1-3)

Heartless Marissa Meyer
Out 9/2017 : An Enchantment of Ravens – Margaret Rogerson

To Be Re-Read (TBRR)

I have read SO many amazing books in my life time, and I know I need to share them with you…like ASAP. Numerous novels are just floating behinds my eyes as I write this post, and I want to throw them all at you and make you love them like I love them.

So here is a list of books I’ve read, recommend, and will re-read to give the most accurate reviews!

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A Court of Thorns and Roses & A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas

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Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, & Empire of Storms – Sarah J. Maas

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An Ember in the Ashes &A Torch Against the Night – Sabaa Tahir

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The Young Elites & The Rose Society – Marie Lu

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The Star Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

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Shadow & Bone, Seige & Storm,  Ruin & Rising (The Grisha Trilogy) – Leigh Bardugo

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Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

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Red Queen, Glass Sword, King’s Cage – Victoria Aveyard

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Fan Girl & Carry On- Rainbow Rowell

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Relentless, Refuge, Rogue, Warrior-   Karen Lynch

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The Coldest Girl in Cold Town – Holly Black

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The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black

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Air Awakens, Fire Falling, Earth’s End, Water’s Wrath, Crystal Crowned – Elise Kova

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Eidolon & Radiance – Grace Draven

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Frenzy & Frantic – Casey L. Bond

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The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, The Master Magician – Charlie N. Holmberg

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A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, The Sweet Far Thing – Libba Bray

*TO BE CONTINUED…*