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Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 Published by Jess Leave a comment?

(This is part of a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

 

Dearest blog readers, let me tell you one thing: I am the absolute worst when it comes to giving myself a set list of books to read without skipping any altogether or adding new books. So I’m hoping this time will be different. I will make it my mission to ensure that all 10 of those books have been read by the end of June.
 
My most anticipated reads (of the ones that have been released) are: Strange the Dreamer, Caravel and Empress of a Thousand Suns. I am begging the books gods for lots of sass and a lot of stabbing, and maybe an assassination or two.
 
If you’ve read any of the below then leave me a comment and let me know what you loved and hated without the spoilers. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Are there enough sassy badass ladies to keep me happy?
 


 
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Sunday, March 5th, 2017 Published by Jess Leave a comment?

New month, new releases.
Another month, another slew of new releases. This month seems to be dominated by the latest young adult books set to his the shelves. The most anticipated probably being The Song Rising, book 3 of Samantha Shannon’s truly magnificent series, The Bone Season. If you have yet to pick up this series then I highly recommend that you do.
 

Click each image below to find out more about each book and add to your Goodreads shelves.

 

 

Which book are you most hotly anticipating this March?


The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Series: The Bone Witch, #1
Release Date: March 7th 2017
Anticipated by: Jess & Elizabeth
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

 

 
The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.
 
Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracised in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.
 
Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.


The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season, #3
Release Date: March 7th 2017
Anticipated by: Jess, Imi, Kathryn, Lexy, Emilie
Genre: Young Adult/Adult, Fantasy

 

 
The hotly anticipated third book in the bestselling Bone Season series – a ground-breaking, dystopian fantasy of extraordinary imagination
 
Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population.
 
But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.
 
Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…


Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves
Series: Blood Rose Rebellion, #1
Release Date: March 28th 2017
Anticipated by: Jess
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

 

 
The 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.


A Crown of Wises by Kate White
Series: The Star-Touched Queen, #2
Release Date: March 28th 2017
Anticipated by: Jess
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

 

 
Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.
 
Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.
 
Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.


The Secrets you Keep by Kate White
Release Date: March 21st 2017
Anticipated by: Jess
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

 

 
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wrong Man and Eyes on You comes a harrowing new psychological thriller about a successful self-help author who suddenly finds her life spiraling dangerously out of control.
 
What would you do if you realised that your new husband, a man you adore, is keeping secrets from you—secrets with terrifying consequences?
 
Bryn Harper, an accomplished self-help author, already has plenty to deal with. She’s still recovering from a devastating car accident that has left her haunted by recurring, smoke-filled nightmares. Worse still, she can’t shake the ominous feeling her dreams contain a warning.
 
In the beginning, Bryn’s husband Guy couldn’t have been more supportive. But after moving into a new house together, disturbing incidents occur and Guy grows evasive, secretive. What the hell is going on, she wonders? Then, a woman hired to cater their dinner party is brutally murdered.
 
As Bryn’s world unravels—and yet another woman in town is slain —she must summon her old strength to find answers and protect her own life. Her nightmares may in fact hold the key to unlocking the truth and unmasking the murderer.
 
With unexpected, riveting twists, The Secrets You Keep is an utterly compelling psychological thriller that once again showcases Kate White’s extraordinary storytelling talent.


Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
Release Date: March 21st 2017
Anticipated by: Jess
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy

 

 
Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series.
 
It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.
 
Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.
 
For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Series: Strange the Dreamer, #1
Release Date: March 28th 2017
Anticipated by: Jess
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

 

 
Strange the Dreamer is the story of:
 
the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.
 
Welcome to Weep.

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Friday, March 3rd, 2017 Published by Jess Leave a comment?

The Last Shadow Gate Blog TourThe Last Shadow Gate by Michael W. Garza
Series: Shadow Gate Chronicles, #1
Published by NeverHaven Press on March 3rd 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 264
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Purchase from: Amazon
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Summer vacation was never supposed to be like this.

It was bad enough Naomi had to be shipped off to her dad's home for the summer and deal with her half-brother Gavin, but when the siblings are forced to spend their break with their great-grandmother in upstate New York, everything changes. An investigation into the strange disappearance of their great-grandfather forces them to retrace his footsteps. They discover a gateway between worlds and encounter extraordinary creatures in a land where the people are desperate to escape the coming of a shade lord. To survive their adventure, Naomi and Gavin must settle their differences and find the elusive shadow gate that will take them home again.

 

Garza talks the inspiration for his book

My inspiration for The Last Shadow Gate came from my children. The relationship between the real life Naomi and Gavin is very similar to their counterparts in the book. They’re both older now but their experiences growing up as half-siblings is something that our family paid careful attention to. I wanted to share that relationship in a unique way and the book came from that. I’ve been a fantasy reader my entire life, with a strong affection for Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. My fantasy draws from there and I try and incorporate my own experiences.
 

Who is Michael Garza?

Michael W. Garza often finds himself wondering where his inspiration will come from next and in what form his imagination will bring it to life. The outcomes regularly surprise him and it’s always his ambition to amaze those curious enough to follow him and take in those results. He hopes everyone will find something that frightens, surprises, or simply astonishes them.
 

Find him: WebsiteGoodreadsTwitterFacebookAmazon

 

Advanced Praise for The Last Shadow Gate

“If this book had been around when I was a kid, I’d have held it right up there with The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings.”- Sunshine Somerville, Author of THE KOTA SERIES
 
“You won’t want to miss out on the thrilling yet perilous world beyond the shadow gates!” – J. Cornell Michel, Author of JORDAN’S BRAINS
 

Next in the series

Book 1: The Last Shadow Gate
Book 2: A Veil of Shadows (Coming 2017)
Book 3: The Shadow of War (Coming 2018)

 

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Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 Published by Jess Leave a comment?

Jess Reviews: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. SchwabA Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
Series: Shades of Magic #3
Published by Titan Books on February 21st 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 666
Format: Paperback
Source: Amazon
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Witness the fate of beloved heroes - and enemies.

The balance of power has finally tipped...
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

Who will crumble?
Kell - once assumed to be the last surviving Antari - begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

Who will rise?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace - but never common - thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

Who will take control?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

 
A Conjuring of Light? More like A Conjuring of Pain. This book was an absolute delight and probably one of the best conclusions to a series I have ever read (besides Deathly Hallows).
 
ACOL was fast-paced, heart-wrenching and absolutely stressful. Schwab had me in tears over characters I had never even been particularly fond of, and if that isn’t a sign of a truly brilliant writer then I don’t know what is. But what I really, really, really would like to know is what was in those letters [#spoiler] wrote for [#spoilers]. Let’s stab another hole in my heart so I can read them, I don’t mind. I just want to know everyone’s reactions. I’ll beg, Schwab. I will beg!
 
But do you know what my absolute favourite thing about this book (and its predecessors) were? Delilah Bard and her penchant for knives. I live for female characters that can slay anyone and anything with a combination of badass moves and swords/knives, and Lila had that all in the bag.
 

“My name is Lila Bard,” she answered, drawing her favourite knife, “and I don’t give a damn.”

 
ACOL had much stabbing and much sass, and I was much happy. My feels are happy squeeing at the thought. Every fight scene was on point.
 
Let us discuss Holland, that precious little mung bean. I honestly did not care much for this man before this book but he became so precious held in captivity and hating life. I lived for all the little snippets into his backstory and the sarcastic “oh, you don’t know how to perform this kind of magic” moments.
 
The dynamic between Kell, Alucard and Rhy was actual perfection. The snide bickering, the eye rolls, the sexual tension, the devotion between two brothers… I can’t get enough. How many times can I repeat that I absolutely loved this book, the characters, the relationships?
 
This is not a book or a series that you will ever regret reading. Trust me.
 
Now after all that emotional trauma, I need a Shades of Magic spin-off in my life.
 

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 Published by Jess Leave a comment?

Jess Reviews: Echoes in Death by J.D. RobbEchoes in Death by J.D Robb
Series: In Death #44
Published by Piatkus on February 7th 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Crime
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
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New York at night. A young woman stumbles out on to a busy street - right in front of Lieutenant Eve Dallas and husband Roarke. Her name is Daphne Strazza, and she has been brutally assaulted. Confused and traumatised, she manages to tell them one thing. Her attacker wore a devil's mask.

As Eve investigates this shocking case, she soon discovers a disturbing pattern. Someone is preying on wealthy couples, subjecting them to a cruel and terrifying ordeal. Worse still, the attacks are escalating in violence and depraved theatricality. Eve and her team are now in a race against time to find the man behind the mask - before he strikes again. But for Eve, this case in particular has unsettling echoes of her own troubled past...

 
Have I told you how much I love this book series? Oh really, I haven’t? Well let me tell you… I love it. A lot.
 
Echoes in Death is book number 44 in a series that is almost older than I am. Almost. Robb has dangled yet another story before our eyes that is suited for long time readers and those that have stumbled across this series and decided to take a quick dip in the pool at number 44.
 
This futuristic police procedural centres around the sexual assault of Daphne Strazza and the murder of her husband at the hands of “the devil”. It’s dark, it’s chilling, and at the very heart of it, it’s an ever constant reminder that sometimes even those closest to you are the ones you can never truly trust.
 
Had this book popped up far earlier in the series, the effects and the outcomes could have been drastically different. These characters have come a long way, in particular, Eve Dallas.
 
Eve’s growth throughout this series has been a wonderful thing for us to witness. Where she once would have suppressed her emotions and her memories, refusing to let anyone in, she can now rely on her husband, Roarke, and the family of friends that have stood like rocks at her side. Emotions and memories that were once tucked away into darkened cesspits are now voiced and shared. She’s no longer alone. It’s these little moments that shed a little light into a dark place (and rays of joy into my soul). She may have once been made to be broken, but not anymore. Eve is so much more than what her history made her to be.
 
I truly love the relationship that Eve and Roarke have and it is without a doubt one of the shining ships in the sea of books I have read. If anyone gets lucky enough to marry a billionaire, let it be a Roarke.
 
Overall, Roberts/Robb is nothing but consistent in her greatness. I am honestly amazed after reading each new release at how the quality has not flagged. Not even a little bit. Which is saying something considering this woman publishes god knows how many books a year. (It’s a lot).
 
Every time time I pick up this series it’s like returning home to old friends and I’ll be waiting (impatiently) for Secrets in Death to be released in September.
 

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