Brief (work- and BEA-induced) hiatus!

Hiatus

Hey guys! So originally, I wasn’t going to make this an official hiatus or anything. I was just going to sit around and… not post for a while…? But then I realized that sitting around not posting was actually making me feel guilty about not posting. And I’m done with blogging guilt. So! I’m letting myself off the hook.

I’ve been incredibly busy and stressed with work lately, and just haven’t had time to be blogging as much as I’d like. Unfortunately, this week has been (and will continue to be) no different, and then next week is BookExpo America! Which means I definitely won’t have time for blogging. X_X But rest assured, I will come back from BEA with posts aplenty! I’ve got a very exciting tour stopping by the blog on June 1st, and obviously there will be BEA recaps (!!) and reviews (as usual) once I’m back. ;)

Thanks for understanding, all! See you post-NYC! <3

Waiting on Wednesday – The Aeronaut’s Windlass

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – The Aeronaut’s Windlass
The Aeronaut's Windlass
The Cinder Spires #1

Written by: Jim Butcher
Publisher: Roc
Release Date: September 29th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Steampunk
Pages: 512
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Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy's shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity's ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake.

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Soooooo today the book I’m featuring is not YA, which most of my WoW picks usually are. HOWEVER, if you’re a fan of fantasy and steampunk and airships let me just pull you aside for a second and tell you: I’m pretty sure you need this book.

Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files, The Codex Alera) is one of my favorite authors, and when I first heard about Cinder Spires (I think at a signing of his, years ago), I was a goner. He has since called it “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen meets Sherlock meets Hornblower. There are goggles and airships and steam power and bizarre crystal technology and talking cats, who are horrid little bullies.” I mean… I’m just sitting here wondering what more you could possibly add to those lists to make them MORE awesome, and I’m coming up blank.

I could not be more excited for this book if I tried.

(And can I get a “heck yeah” for that airship/goggles/sword/coat-situation happening on the cover because heck yeah.)

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

Link me to your WoW post! I’d love to stop by. :)

ARC Review: LION HEART by A.C. Gaughen

I received this book for free from Bloomsbury. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

ARC Review: LION HEART by A.C. Gaughen
Lion Heart
Scarlet #3

Written by: A.C. Gaughen
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: May 19th 2015
Genres: Historical Fiction, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 348
Source: Publisher
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Also by this author: Scarlet, Lady Thief

* * * Some spoilers for earlier books in this synopsis! * * *

The eagerly-awaited conclusion to the Scarlet trilogy delivers another action-packed and romance-filled adventure.

Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince's clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?

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I have a problem. Well, okay, I’ve got two problems. First, the normal “how does one even write a review of the last book in a series?!” problem. But my bigger one is this: “How does one even begin to do the last book in a series justice when it is this freaking good?

But I desperately need to figure out how to answer those questions. Because Lion Heart is that freaking good.

If you haven’t read Scarlet and Lady Thief, and you’re curious whether this concluding volume does the series justice, and whether you should pick up the first book…

…the answer is, unequivocally, you should.

Everything amazing about the first two books in this series — the characters, the emotion, the plot — all comes together, and it basically amounts to an entire book of OH GOD PLEASE LET THIS TURN OUT OKAY‘s and YES OMG FINALLY‘s. Lion Heart is the culmination of so much hard work, so much heartbreak and sacrifice, and it is pure payoff.

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ARC Review: THE WITCH HUNTER by Virginia Boecker

ARC Review: THE WITCH HUNTER by Virginia Boecker
The Witch Hunter
The Witch Hunter #1

Written by: Virginia Boecker
Publisher: Little, Brown
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Source: Gifted from a friend
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Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that's been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth's witch hunting past—if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she's thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

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I’m going to start off this review by saying something that I did not expect I’d be able to say about The Witch Hunter. This book was… fun.

And I say that while acknowledging that “fun” is usually a good thing! But it was the type of “fun” that I wasn’t expecting out of this book at all — it was a fun adventure, with fun characters, quite a bit of humor, a pretty sweet (and light) romance… Do you see where I’m going with this?

The Witch Hunter is a fast-paced read filled with witches, swords, magic, kickass fight scenes, and danger around every corner. But on the whole, I felt like the book was pretty… light? It was a more lighthearted adventure than what I expected, what with the violence and gravity of the book’s plot.

And I think that feelings stems from the characters — they came across as pretty young, to me. Which was definitely not what I was expecting. I expected it to be dark. I expected the characters to be complex and for there to be FEELS and ANGST — especially with the whole secret-witch-hunter-helping-witches-and-falling-for-a-healer thing. But while The Witch Hunter touched on those things, I feel like it only did so on the surface, and didn’t get quite as intense/dark/complex as I expected it to. It was still very entertaining, but it fell short of my expectations, and of what it could have been, which is always a little disappointing.

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Weight of Feathers

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – The Weight of Feathers
The Weight of Feathers

Written by: Anna-Marie McLemore
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: September 15th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Magical Realism, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
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For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.

Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she's been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.

Beautifully written, and richly imaginative, The Weight of Feathers is an utterly captivating young adult novel by a talented new voice.

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I hadn’t even heard about this book until very recently, thanks to Kristen @ My Friends are Fiction. But the moment I read the synopsis, I knew I needed it. Traveling performers? Mermaid exhibitions? Tightrope walking/tree climbing(?!)? Magic? Forbidden romance? Yes. Yes, please.

And let’s not even talk about that cover because X_X

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

Link me to your WoW post, I’d love to stop by! :)

ARC Review: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas

I received this book for free from Bloomsbury. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

ARC Review: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses
A Court of Thorns and Roses #1

Written by: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: May 5th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Source: Publisher
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five-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-starsfive-stars

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

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In some respects, I feel like this review might be a bit… preaching to the choir? Because, yes — I, too, will be singing the praises of Sarah J. Maas and the first book in her new fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses. Yes, you’ve probably heard this song before.

BUT WAIT, DON’T LEAVE, I HAVE *THINGS* TO SAY, AND IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY PREORDERED OR BOUGHT OR READ THIS BOOK  YET, YOU NEED TO LISTEN.

*ahem* Sorry, I’ll try to rein in the capslock for the remainder of this review. I make no promises, though.

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