Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: The Invansion of the Tearling

Title: The Invasion of the Tearling
Series: The Queen of the Tearling #2
Author: Erika Johensen
Genre: Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: June 9, 2015
Source: Bought

Kelsea Glynn is the Queen of the Tearling. Despite her youth, she has quickly asserted herself as a fair, just and powerful ruler.
However, power is a double-edged sword, and small actions can have grave consequences. In trying to do what is right - stopping a vile trade in humankind - Kelsea has crossed the Red Queen, a ruthless monarch whose rule is bound with dark magic and the spilling of blood. The Red Queen's armies are poised to invade the Tearling, and it seems nothing can stop them.
Yet there was a time before the Crossing, and there Kelsea finds a strange and possibly dangerous ally, someone who might hold the key to the fate of the Tearling, and indeed to Kelsea's own soul. But time is running out...
Erika Johansen's fierce and unforgettable young heroine returns in this dazzling new novel of magic and adventure, set in the beguiling world of the Tearling.

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It took my SO.  LONG. To read this book.  Honestly, I started it in the middle of September and put it down for three weeks before picking it up again.  It's not necessarily because it was uninteresting and boring; in fact, it was really interesting once I got into reading it.  But it was one of those books that didn't beg me to pick it up after I put it down.  I wasn't dying to see what happened next which was quite the change from the first book.  

I think my main issue with this book was the fact that I just started to dislike the main character, Kelsea.  I felt like she was making bad decisions after bad decision.  Not only that, but she wasn't very nice to anyone!  I wanted to see her have a somewhat healthy and supportive relationship with someone in this book but it didn't really happen.  The power of her magic and the crown really started going to her head in this book and it made me frustrated with her constantly.  I wanted to see some decency in her but it was hard to overlook the decisions she made and how she treated some of the others in the book.  Like Mace!  Mace is one of my favorite characters but it frustrated me to no end that he and Kelsea seem to have a terrible relationship where they can hardly have a conversation.  

Most of this plot was waiting for the Red Queen to invade the Tearling.  While interesting at parts, some of it felt fairly repetitive.  Also, a lot of the story took place in the past from the POV of a new character named Lily.  It took me a while to warm up to her because I was so anxious to get back to Kelsea's story and see what was going on with her.  But Lily's POV ended up being really interesting and insightful.  

Overall, this book was a bit of a disappointment compared to the first one.  It was still interesting and I was invested in the story, but it didn't grab me like the first one had.  I'm still looking forward to reading the third book and finding out what happens in this story!

“When it fails, they do call it madness, Lazarus. But when it succeeds, they call it genius.” 

Three out of Five Teapots

Friday, October 13, 2017

Cozy Autumn Reads!

Autumn is my favorite season and I find that it's the best time of year to cuddle up with a soft blanket, a large mug of hot chocolate, and a good, cozy book.  There are certain types of books that just make perfect autumn reads!  So I thought I'd share some of my favorite cozy reads to pick up during this time of year!

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Not only does this book have an AMAZING autumn-esque cover, it also features a faerie who is an autumn prince!  All the amazing autumn images and descriptions, along with the slow and sweet romance is what makes this one a great cozy read!

I can't go through fall without reading at least one Harry Potter book!  There's something so cozy about going back and reading them -- a nostalgic feeling, kind of like coming home!  

The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Adventure, true love, revenge, and so much more.  This book has it all and it will have you swooning, laughing, and cheering.  Just a genuinely fun, feel good book perfect for raining autumn days.

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum 
Okay so I know this looks really summery with that cover, but honestly, it's such a heartfelt and sweet romance.  It's all about acceptance and love and coming to terms with grief.  Julie Buxbaum is an amazing writer and she does a great job with this novel.

Compulsion by Martina Boone
The atmosphere in this book is definitely autumnal, as you can probably tell from the cover!  With mystery, ghosts, and a romance, it's this book will make you want to stay snuggled in blankets all day.

What are some of your favorite autumn reads?  Which books make you want to cuddle up with a warm drink on a stormy day?  Give me some suggestions in the comments below!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sure Thing Book Blitz + Giveaway!

Title: Sure Thing
Series: N/A

Author: Jana Aston
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 10th 2017

A new STANDALONE romance from New York Times bestselling author Jana Aston
Have you ever set out to have a one night stand with a sexy stranger?
No? I’m the only one?
Just kidding, I would never.
Not usually.

But then I figured, why not? My entire life I’ve been good and it’s gotten me nowhere.
No job.
No apartment.
No boyfriend.

I’m owed a little fun, aren’t I? A reward for being good.
Sure, a new pair of shoes would be more appropriate, but Mr. Sexy Stranger is more appealing. And when he speaks—in that British accent—it’s a done deal. Every American woman has a hot British guy fantasy. Well, most do. I haven’t taken a poll or anything, but I’m pretty sure it’s a fact.

You know that saying about best-laid plans?
Good, because I don’t either, but I assume they go awry.
Like my one night stand…

“Mind if I join you?”
I look up and he’s standing beside my seat, a drink in his hand that he uses to signal towards the empty seat beside me. And what was that? Did I detect an accent? I think I did, but I can’t be that lucky. I swallow my nerves and quickly run my eyes over him. Tall. Fit. Oxford shirt untucked, paired with a worn pair of jeans. Leather loafers on his feet and the hint of end-of-day scruff on his jaw. Thick, neatly cut, well-styled dark hair and expressive brown eyes watching me with interest.
“I hope the drink is to your satisfaction.” He dips his head towards my beverage. “I asked the bartender to refresh you, but if you wanted something different…” He trails off with a small frown at my glass.
Accent confirmed. I have just hit the holy grail of potential one-night stands.
“You’re British,” I say, fighting the grin from my face.
“I’ll take that as a yes,” he replies and sets his own drink on the bar top while resting on the stool beside me, his long legs bent slightly at the knees in order for his feet to rest on the floor. “Unless you have a problem with my country?” he inquires, brow raised and a small smile on his lips.
Do you know what’s great about British men?
I mean, I’ve never met one before this and they’re likely no different than American men, but the accent. It’s everything, right? You can say it’s a cliché or whatever, but come on. It’s panty-meltingly good. I know he’s speaking the same language but the words just sound so much better falling from his lips.
“I’m Jennings,” he says, extending a hand, and I almost laugh. Jennings? It’s obviously fake. This guy is too old to have a trendy millennial name like Jennings. Also, it sounds British for ‘I’m giving you a fake name.’ But fine, I’m game.
“Rose,” I tell him and slip my hand into his. His hand engulfs mine and he’s not quick to withdraw, instead running his thumb gently over the back of my hand. I like the feeling a lot, the texture and warmth of his skin creating an immediate spark of interest in touching a whole lot more of him.
“Rose,” he repeats, pausing and tilting his head a fraction as if he doesn’t believe me. He shouldn’t, it’s not my name.

Author Bio:
Jana Aston likes cats, big coffee cups and books about billionaires who deflower virgins. She wrote her debut novel while fielding customer service calls about electrical bills, and she's ever grateful for the fictional gynecologist in Wrong that readers embraced so much she was able to make working in her pajamas a reality. Jana’s novels have appeared on the NYT, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers list, some multiple times. She likes multiples.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #120

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine which spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

Title: Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me
Series: N/A
Author: Carrie DiRisio, Ilustrated by Linnea Gear
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Humor
Publisher: Skypony Press 
Publication Date: October 17, 2017

Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?
Or maybe you're just really confused about what "opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs" actually are?
Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a "self-help" guide (with activities--you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love.
As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.

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Why I'm waiting on Brooding YA Hero this Wednesday: I've been following the Brooding YA Hero twitter for a while and also find it hilarious and accurate.  I'm not sure exactly what to expect from this book but I'm sure it will be entertaining and funny! 

 What book are you waiting on this Wednesday?  Are you looking forward to Brooding YA Hero?  I can't wait to see what you all are excited for this week!  Leave me links to your posts below :) 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Top Ten Books with Autumn Covers!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which we share out top ten lists relating to the bookish topic assigned that week.

This week's topic is...

Top Ten Books with Autumn Covers!






An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson 
Compulsion by Martina Boone
Magnolia by Kristi Cook 
Pax by Sara Pennypacker, Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen 
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

I love this question!  I had a lot of fun looking through some of my favorite covers and deciding which were most autumnal!  What book covers do you think look especially fall-ish?  Let me know in the comments below and leave a link to your post!  Can't wait to see your picks!

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