Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday (27)


Happy Tuesday! Today I've decided to participate in Top Ten Tuesday, formerly hosted by Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish, now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today's topic is:

Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

1. George Peabody Library in Baltimore, MD

I LIVE in Baltimore. I went to Johns Hopkins University. Yet I've never been to this library. Yikes!

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2. Admont Abbey Library in Admont, Austria

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3. Abbey Library of Saint Gall in St. Gallen, Switzerland 

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4. Clementinum National Library in Prague, Czech Republic

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5. Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandra, Egypt

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6. Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal (bookstore)

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7. El Ateneo in Buenos Aires, Argentina (bookstore)

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8. The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, California (bookstore)

The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, California

9. The Strand in New York City, New York (bookstore)

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10. Barter Books in Alnwick, UK (bookstore)

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I love this topic! There are so many libraries and bookstores that I want to visit. =)

Monday, October 15, 2018

Promo and Giveaway: The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard

Happy Monday! I am SO excited to share a new giveaway with you all! I've partnered with Tor Teen to make this possible. Tor Teen has offered to send one USA winner a copy of Truthwitch, Windwitch, and Sightwitch. Enter below!

I adore this series and encourage everyone to check it out. I'll be sharing pictures of my Witchlands collection on Instagram shortly!


About Truthwitch:


Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Book One of The Witchlands series
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: January 5, 2016

Official Summary:

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires. 

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.



About Windwitch:


Windwitch by Susan Dennard
Book Two of The Witchlands series
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: January 10, 2017

Official Summary:

The second novel in the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series, now available in trade paperback, an epic fantasy adventure hailed by Alexandra Bracken as “a world you will want to inhabit forever.” 

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.



About Sightwitch:


Sightwitch by Susan Dennard
Book 0.5 of the Witchlands series
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: February 13, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

Set a year before Truthwitch, Sightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain. As the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, and as they brave one close call after another, a tentative friendship forms between them—one that might one day grow into something more.

Sightwitch is told through Ryber’s journal entries and her sketches, as well as through supplementary materials (such as other journals, pieces of songs, clippings from history books, flashbacks, etc.). Though meant as a companion novella, this story serves as a set up to Bloodwitch as well as an expansion of the world.



Next up is Bloodwitch!

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3)
(Click on the cover to go to Goodreads!)


Check out the series map!



About the Author:


SUSAN DENNARD is the author of the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series as well as the Something Strange and Deadly series. She has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, slaying darkspawn on her Xbox, or earning bruises at the dojo.



The Giveaway:

Catch up on the Witchlands Series! One (1) winner receives:

Book #1: Truthwitch
Book #2: Windwitch
Prequel novel: Sightwitch

Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Tor Teen.



Sunday, October 14, 2018

I'm on vacation!

Hi bibliovores! If you haven't noticed by now, I'm on vacation! I've been gone since Tuesday and will return this week. I'm in Iceland! It's my first time going to any part of Europe and as I'm typing this post (scheduling it before I leave), I'm SO excited. Wish me luck!

At this point, my trip is almost over, but you can follow my adventures on my personal Instagram! My handle is @alyssasadventuresinwonderland. =)

Talk to you all soon!

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (#303)


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, in which bloggers share the books and swag they've received in the past week!


So, what did I get in the week of Sunday, October 7th to Saturday, October 13th?


(all links to Goodreads are provided!)


In the mail:



Thank you so much, Avon! I love this series.


I'm actually in Iceland right now! But I got this book in the mail before I left so I figured I'd put together the STS post anyway. A short and sweet one. I will check out comments and whatnot when I get back this coming week!

Friday, October 12, 2018

My Favorite Greek/Roman-Based YA Books

Happy Friday, bibliovores! Today is another day in which I didn't feel like writing/posting a review, but did feel like posting something... so I'm doing another favorites post! You can check out my other favorites posts in a previous posts (for example). 

I love Greek and Roman mythology! Or even simply the ancient Greece/ancient Rome setting. These books below have some sort of Greek/Roman basis and I love them!

Court of Fives (Court of Fives, #1)  Poisoned Blade (Court of Fives, #2)  Buried Heart (Court of Fives, #3)
The Valiant (The Valiant, #1)  The Defiant (The Valiant #2)
Blood and Sand (Blood and Sand, #1)  Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1)  
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)  The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)  The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)  The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)


I've read others, like Everneath by Brodi Ashton, Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini, Abandon by Meg Cabot, Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs. I didn't enjoy these but they are some of the more popular YA books that come up when you're looking at Greek/Roman-based stories.

What I REALLY want is ~adult romance~ novels based on Greek/Roman mythology and/or setting. Any recommendations are appreciated!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Swoon Thursday (#298): So Wild by Eve Dangerfield


- From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering

- Try to make the swoon excerpt 140 characters (or less), if you are going to tweet about it. Use the hashtag #YABOUND when tweeting


This week, my swoon is from So Wild by Eve Dangerfield!

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"Samantha"," Scott said, his gaze fixed on hers. "I want to kiss you. Would you like me to do that?"

"I... yes," she said, embarrassed she was being so bashful and unable to say anything more. It felt like she was going to burn into nothing if he didn't kiss her.

"Okay." Scott exhaled softly, then moved toward her.

[...]

As Scott's lips found hers, she felt like Sydney at midnight. A million spaces electrifying to say 'yes, I am awake and you are welcome here.'

- eARC, 35%



I'm reading this one now - actually I took it with me on vacation because I didn't want to stop reading. It's great so far! The thing I love about this swoon in particular is the fact that the hero asked for permission. LOVE THIS. 

The cover may have been revealed by now but I'm putting together the post ahead of time so go check it out on Goodreads if it's up! Heck, preorder the book while you're at it!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#302): Angel Thieves by Kathi Appelt


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


This week, I'm featuring:


Angel Thieves by Kathi Appelt
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Publication Date: March 12, 2019

Summary (from Goodreads):

An ocelot. A slave. An angel thief. 

Multiple perspectives spanning across time are united through themes of freedom, hope, and faith.

Sixteen-year-old Cade Curtis is an angel thief. After his mother’s family rejected him for being born out of wedlock, he and his dad moved to the apartment above a local antique shop. The only payment the owner Mrs. Walker requests: marble angels, stolen from graveyards, for her to sell for thousands of dollars to collectors. But there’s one angel that would be the last they’d ever need to steal; an angel, carved by a slave, with one hand open and one hand closed. If only Cade could find it…

Sixteen-year-old Soleil Broussard is meant to save Cade Curtis—at least that’s what she thinks God wants her to do. With the country and the world the way it is, Bridget takes great comfort in her church and religion, and maybe that’s just what Cade needs: comfort. Maybe it’s what everyone needs.

Zorra, a young ocelot, watches the bayou rush past her yearningly. The poacher who captured and caged her has long since lost her, and Zorra is getting hungrier and thirstier by the day. Trapped, she only has the sounds of the bayou for comfort—but it tells her help will come soon.

Before Zorra, Achsah, a slave, watched the very same bayou with her two young daughters. After the death of her master, Achsah is free, but she’ll be damned if her daughters aren’t freed with her. All they need to do is find the church with an angel with one hand open and one hand closed…



This book sounds bizarre and confusing and I'm very curious about it!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Release Day Blitz: Dragon Night by Donna Grant

Happy Tuesday! Today is the release day of Dragon Night by Donna Grant! This lovely addition to the 1,001 Dark Nights collection is bound to be a hit. Check it out!


About the Book:


Dragon Night by Donna Grant
Book 13.5 of the Dark Kings series
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts
Publication Date: October 9, 2018

Official Summary:

New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant brings you another sizzling Dark Kings novella. 

Governed by honor and ruled by desire 

There has never been a hunt that Dorian has lost. With his sights sent on a relic the Dragon Kings need to battle an ancient foe, he won’t let anything stand in his way – especially not the beautiful owner. Alexandra is smart and cautious. Yet the attraction between them is impossible to deny – or ignore. But is it a road Dorian dares to travel down again? 

With her vast family fortune, Alexandra Sheridan is never without suitors. No one is more surprised than she when the charming, devilish Scotsman snags her attention. But the secrets Dorian holds is like a wall between them until one fateful night when he shares everything. In his arms she finds passion like no other – and a love that will transcend time. But can she give her heart to a dragon?? 

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.** 



Check out a teaser:



Watch the trailer:

Click HERE!


About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her "totally addictive" and "unique and sensual" stories. Her latest acclaimed series, Dark Kings, features a thrilling combination of dragons, Fae, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children and an assortment of animals in Texas. Visit Donna at www.DonnaGrant.com


Monday, October 8, 2018

Blog Tour: The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman


Hello and happy Monday, fellow book lovers! Today is the first day of the second leg of the blog tour for the The Dark Days Club series. I've put together a mood board inspired by the series. If you missed my content from the previous leg of the tour, you can find it HERE!


My Mood Board:




About Book One:

The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1)

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Book One of The Dark Days Club series
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 26, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

From the New York Times bestselling author of Eon and Eona; a Regency adventure series starring a stylish and intrepid Buffy-esque demon-hunter

London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall's presentation to the queen, one of her family's housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

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About Book Two:


The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman
Book Two of The Dark Days Club series
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers 
Publication Date: January 31, 2017

Summary (from Goodreads):

June 1812. Just weeks after her catastrophic coming-out ball, Lady Helen Wrexhall—now disowned by her uncle—is a full member of the demon-hunting Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, has arranged for Helen and her maid, Darby, to spend the summer season in Bristol, where Helen can sharpen her Reclaimer powers. Then the long-term effects of Carlston’s Reclaimer work take hold, and his sanity begins to slip. At the same time, Carlston’s Dark Days Club colleague and nemesis will stop at nothing to bring Helen over to his side—and the Duke of Selburn is determined to marry her. The stakes are ever higher for Helen, and her decision will truly change the world…



About Book Three:


The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman
Book Three of The Dark Days Club series
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 20, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

The thrilling, genre-bending conclusion to Lady Helen's demon-hunting adventures, set in the glittering Regency world.

Lady Helen has retreated to a country estate outside Bath to prepare for her wedding to the Duke of Selburn, yet she knows she has unfinished business to complete. She and the dangerously charismatic Lord Carlston have learned they are a dyad, bonded in blood, and only they are strong enough to defeat the Grand Deceiver, who threatens to throw mankind into chaos. But the heinous death-soaked Ligatus Helen has absorbed is tearing a rift in her mind. Its power, if unleashed, will annihilate both Helen and Carlston unless they can find a way to harness its ghastly force and defeat their enemy.

In the final book of the trilogy that began with The Dark Days Club and continued with The Dark Days Pact, the intrepid Lady Helen's story hurtles to a shocking conclusion full of action, heartbreak, and betrayal.



About the Author:

Alison Goodman writes in a variety of genres, ranging from the genre-bending DARK DAYS CLUB titles, to the EON/EONA fantasy duology, to the YA science fiction thriller SINGING THE DOGSTAR BLUES. She was a D.J. O'Hearn Memorial Fellow at Melbourne Universtiy, holds a master of arts degree, and mentors emerging writers. A long-time lover of the Regency period, she has a treasure trove of material to be viewed at pinterest.com/alisongoodman. She is online at darkdaysclub.com and on Twitter @AlisonGoodman.



Follow week two of the tour!

October 8 – The Eater of Books! – Moodboard
October 9 – @darkfaerietales – Creative Instagram Picture
October 10 – Darque Dreamer Reads – Review with gifs + Moodboard
October 11 – My Friends are Fiction – Review + Creative Instagram Picture
October 12 – By Hook Or By Book – Review with gifs

Sunday, October 7, 2018

My Favorite YA Retellings

Happy Friday, bibliovores! Today is another day in which I didn't feel like writing/posting a review, but did feel like posting something... so I'm doing another favorites post! You can check out my other favorites posts in a previous posts (for example). 

It is no secret that I looooooove a good retelling - especially fairy tale retellings. The following list contains all sorts of retellings (not just fairy tale ones). Enjoy!

Entwined  Stray (Four Sisters, #1)  
Hunted    
Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)  Unhooked  Princess of Thorns
When You Were Mine  Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)  Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1; Books of Arilland #1)


Do you have any YA retellings you'd recommend?