Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tempests and Slaughter Blog Tour: Review

I am so excited to be taking part in the international blog tour for Tempests and Slaughter today :D I just finished reading this book on Monday, and it was a four star read for me. Today I'm sharing my review of it, and sharing a bit about the book too. This was my first book by Tamora, but I am very sure that I will be reading more by her after this. Thank you so much to Penguin Random House International for letting me take part in this gorgeous blog tour, and for sending me a free copy of the international paperback version of this book. It's so stunning. Love this cover so much. I'm also sharing some pictures I have taken of this book. Eee. Can't help but love those a lot, haha. Have you read any books by Tamora? If so, which where your favorites? :D Hope you will all read this awesome. I can't wait to know more about these characters.

Confession: this is the first book I have read by Tamora Pierce. And it was a book that I enjoyed so much. I do own her Alanna books, and I'm hoping to read them soon. This book was a four star read for me, and I ended up liking it very much. I have a whole bunch of thoughts to share about it, though. Most of it being positive, some a bit negative. Going to start by saying that I loved this writing a whole lot. The entire book was written so well, and I'm very happy about that. The book is all kinds of long, which I liked very much.

I can't help it, I have to start by saying that I thought this would be a young adult novel. But it was not. It was, to me, very much middle grade, considering the main character is ten years old in the beginning of the book, and only fourteen at the end of it. I feel a bit disappointed, as I was sure this would be a book about older characters, with adventure as the summary mentions, and this book had neither of those. But I will say that even so, I liked this book a lot. Because I cared for all the characters. And loved this world.

This book tells the story of a boy named Arram. When the book starts he is ten years old, and have spent a few years already at this magic school to learn more about his Gift. He is quite strong at magic already, especially considering his age. This book tells the story of his years at this school, from he is ten until he his fourteen. Pretty sure the next two books will be at the school too. Ack. I grew to love Arram a whole bunch. He was such a gentle and sweet and awesome boy and I loved reading about him. Was adorable.

But I shall admit that I was a little bit disappointed with this book. Yes, it is a four star for me, because I adored most of it, and I did not want to stop reading it. But, well, nothing happens. There is not a single exciting moment in this book. Yes, I loved it, but I will admit that I am not sure how I loved it, haha. As I usually crave action and excitement so much. Hmph. I so wish this book had been more exciting. That even anything had happened, lol. But despite nothing much going on, it was still such an interesting book.

And I did like it a whole lot. Learning about Arram was awesome, and I loved his struggles growing up as the youngest person in the school who was so amazing at magic. Arram gets special masters teaching him, which almost no one else gets. His first years at the school he had no friends, and he was bullied. But when he was ten, and the book begun, he met Ozorne and Varice. And they became such stunning friends. They were both a few years older than Arram, but they did not care about that. Made me happy.

And gosh, these other characters. I don't know how to describe them. But loved them lots. Ozorne was amazing, yet I felt like he could have a dark side too, which hurts my heart already. But yes, nothing dark happened in this book. Ugh. But he was such a great friend for Arram, and that made me so happy. They were awesome together. And oh, Varice. I adored that girl beyond words. She was fierce and fun and just amazing to read about. I wish there had been more about her, would have loved to read her point of view.

Since Arram is between ten and fourteen in this book, there was not much romance. Which I must admit confused me. Because the very first time Arram sees Varice, when he is ten, he thinks that he is going to marry her one day. And at age eleven there is this whole scene about his first erection. Which was a little bit disturbing. A tiny bit more about it, then just gone. And he seems to have girlfriends all the time, yet we never see them hang out or got to read about his first kiss. I must admit to feel a bit disappointed about it.

Especially since the summary mentions that Varice gets closer to his heart. And I did see that. He seems to love her for all these years. But nothing happens. Not until the very last few pages. Hmph. And he has dated a lot of girls before that, which makes me a bit sad. Sigh. But anyway. There were no details, so I'm not too upset about it. Just wishing there had been more romance in this book. Aw. But there is mentions of romance between other characters; those were pretty adorable. I liked reading about them very much.

There is so much going on in this book. I'm not going to mention all of it. Okay, I mean, just about nothing happens, as it's all on the school grounds. But Arram learns a lot of magic. He even heals a lot of people, and gosh, those scenes hurt me a little. Disgusting and sad at the same time. There is a lot of mentions of slaves in this book, and that killed me too. This world was so interesting, yet so sad and that hurt my heart. Arram wants better for this world. And I do too. While I had some issues with this, I enjoyed it too.

This was such a slow book. And while I normally would not have liked that, I pretty much loved this book. I just really enjoyed reading about the characters and getting to know this world. I even found the magic school to be interesting to read about, and liked reading about Arram's classes. I adored his two closest friends so much. There is also mentions of Gods and such, which I found interesting too. Especially this very huge crocodile god. He was awesome. And oh god, the cutest bird is in this book. Preet. Loved her.

Huge thank you to PRH International for giving me a copy of this book to read and review, and for letting me take part in the very awesome blog tour for the book. This was my first book by Tamora, but it will not be the last. I'm so excited for the next two in this trilogy as well. Eee. Now I'm going to search for all kinds of spoilers for these characters, as this book was a prequel of sorts. Tempests and Slaughter was such a well written and interesting book. I completely fell in love with the characters and the world. Enjoyed it so.




Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair SalmalĂ­n came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.


Tempests and Slaughter is published by Random House. International ISBN: 9780525578543.


TAMORA PIERCE is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over eighteen novels set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. She first captured the imagination of readers with her debut novel, Alanna: The First Adventure. Since then, her bestselling and award-winning titles have pushed the boundaries of fantasy and young adult novels to introduce readers to a rich world populated by strong, believable heroines. Her books have been translated into many languages, and some are available on audio from Listening Library and Full Cast Audio. In 2013, she won the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.” Pierce lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Tim, and their cats, birds, and occasional rescued wildlife. Visit her at TamoraPierce.com and follow her on Twitter at @TamoraPierce.

Where to find Tamora Pierce:



Blog Tour Schedule.

Blog Name Tour Date
The Bookish Fanboy Josiah 2/20/2018
A Bookaholic Swede Magdalena 2/20/2018
Carina's Books Carina 2/21/2018
Blackplume Maricar 2/21/2018
Ruby's Books Ioana 2/22/2018
Afire Pages Karina Charlene 2/22/2018
The Royal Polar Bear Reads Rafael Ray 2/23/2018
Twelve Pale Roses Gemma 2/23/2018

Waiting on Wednesday #332

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

SADIE BY COURTNEY SUMMERS

Goodreads Description:

Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.


Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by Wednesday Books
Pre-Order here and here

Eee! I love love love Courtney. She is adorable and her books are amazing. Oh. I have waited years for another book by her, eee. I'm so excited. Sadie sounds incredible. And evil. And I cannot wait. And oh gosh, that cover. Isn't it gorgeous? :D I'm in love. This book will be so good. Wishing I could read it now.
What are you waiting for on this missing Wednesday?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Reclaiming Shilo Snow Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Super excited to be taking part in the awesome blog tour for Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber :D It's also a scavenger hunt, with clues on a bunch of posts by other awesome people. And every post will publish today, and you can see the schedule below, or here. I'm so excited to be taking part in this tour. I liked the first book a whole lot, and I adore Mary :D I cannot wait to read this gorgeous looking second book. <3 Thank you to Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction and JustRead Publicity Tours for letting me take part in this lovely blog tour. <3 And thank you so so so much to Mary for this aaamazing guest post that she wrote for me :D Eee. I love it so much. I hope you all enjoy my tour post; and that you will enter both giveaways at the end of it :D Best of luck. This stunning book is out on March 6th :D Go order it. <3





A day in the life of Mary.


Okay, here’s the thing.

When people used to ask me what a day in my exciting writerly life looked like, I would begin to describe it, only to see their eyes glaze over in about 2.4 seconds. This is because describing my life is pretty much the equivalent of me telling you to imagine my grandma in hair curlers, feeding her cats, before heading out to check the mail, with her spanx pulled up to her rib cage.

For her it’s an adventure. For the rest of the world it’s…not.

So nowadays, I usually just show people this. 

 
Oh wait – wrong picture.
 
Here you go.


And I tell them how each morning I get up and slip on my legendary writer hero outfit (I forego mentioning how the thing’s gotten quite a bit tighter as I’ve gotten older so I have to wear a cape with it to avoid traumatizing some poor child at the grocery store). And from there, I power up my pegacorn and load up my kids to fly them to school. Which is usually accompanied by one of my teens asking:

“Mom, can I drive?”
“No.”
“Why?”
“Because we don’t want your brother to die before he gets an education.”
“Let her drive, Mom! I don’t need an education!”

And that is the true story of how my pegacorn now has two dents in it.

Anyway…

When I return to my legendary writer hero home, I check Facebook a few times to see what evil exists in the world, and I counteract it with a few memes.



And then if it’s a writing day, I get down to tackling emails and conquering writing deadlines. This admittedly looks a lot like drinking coffee and texting my husband that I will never finish this book.


However, if it’s a “youth” work day (because I also work as a youth counselor), I’m ignoring said book and, instead, answering messages and having general fun with a bunch of teens I adore. And making my coworkers take awesome legendary hero team photos with me.


Oops, I meant this pic:


And then after picking up my kids from school…it’s making dinner. In the midst of which, I drink more coffee (homemade coconut mochas or honey lattes are my jam), eat chips and salsa like nobody’s business, try to slip in reading time, and hang out with my husband and kiddos.

I have a personal conviction that I won’t write books for other’s teens if I’m not intentionally, passionately, raising my own. So we spend a lot of evenings playing games or sitting around the bonfire – and weekends exploring the coast or watching Psych and The Last Airbender cartoons.

Unless it’s a travel weekend, in which case I board a 747 pegacorn to a conference or book festival, where I have the humbling privilege of meeting amazing teens and students, and hearing their own legendary stories that always result in me crying or cheering.

These are also where I innocently get dragged into my author friends’ shenanigans.


Which is, incidentally, how I found myself getting kissed by one of Maggie Stiefvater’s goats recently.

 
Ahem.

And thus ends my day.

Although – seriously. Now that I’ve written all that, I’m wondering if the pic of my grandma in her spanx might’ve just sufficed.

Please excuse me while I go pull my own up a bit higher.



ABOUT THE BOOK

Title:  Reclaiming Shilo Snow
Series: Evaporation of Sofi Snow, Book 2Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Fiction
Release Date:  March 6, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy

She was far more capable than Earth’s leaders had accounted for—and they had no idea what she’d do next.

Known as a brilliant mind that could hack humanity’s darkest secrets, seventeen-year-old Sofi Snow is the most wanted teenager alive. She found her way to the icy, technologically brilliant planet of Delon to find Shilo, the brother everyone but Sofi believes is dead.

But as she and Ambassador Miguel partner to find her brother and warn those on Earth of Delon’s dark designs on humanity, Sofi’s memories threaten to overtake her, distorting everything she holds true. She knows the Delonese kept her in a dark, deceptive place . . . and destroyed a portion of her life. Now, the more they discover of Sofi’s past, the more Sofi feels herself unraveling—as each new revelation has her questioning the very existence of reality.

In this harrowing sequel to The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, Sofi and Miguel must trust each other and discover the secrets locked inside Sofi’s mind as the line between what’s real and what they imagine begins to slip away . . . threatening to take humanity with it.
PREORDER NOW!



ABOUT MARY WEBER
Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean.

CONNECT WITH MARY:  website  facebook │ twitter │ instagram


My Scavenger Hunt Clue:

ice-planet


SCAVENGER HUNT RULES

1. Be sure to stop at every stop to get the word/phrase as part of the hunt. You should find the phrase within the caption of their social media post or their blog post. Once you get the full phrase, enter it in the Rafflecopter entry form below. 

2. The tour landing page (this page) with the tour schedule and the Grand Prize entry form will be posted here and on JustRead Publicity Tour's Campaign page.  

3. Stops will be posted no later than 6 PM EST on February 20, 2018. The Tour-Wide, Grand Prize Giveaway will be opened through 11:59 PM EST on February 24, 2018. Individual stops' giveaways will be at the discretion of the hosts. 

4. Have fun and be sure to check out this series! It's AWESOME! 


TOUR SCHEDULE

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GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY 

One U.S. winner will win: (1) Hardcover Copy of Evaporation of Sofi Snow, (1) Signed ARC of Reclaiming Shilo Snow, (1)With Music the World Evaporates Drawstring Backpack, (1) The Evaporation of Sofi Snow Earbuds. 




Thanks for joining the hunt!

Extra giveaway!

Comment below and be entered to win 1 Ebook copy of Reclaiming Shilo Snow :D International.
This giveaway ends on February 24th. Winner will be contacted, and must reply within 48 hours.
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Cover Reveal: As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows

I pretty much adore these covers. They are gorgeous and just awesome. I enjoyed book one, Before She Ignites, and I'm very curious about this sequel. As She Ascends looks so gorgeous :D And sounds very awesome too. Eee. I'm hoping I will love this second book a lot. Cannot wait to own this stunning thing too. I love the details of this cover; the gold, the dragon tail. And the girl is gorgeous too. Eee. I think this book is going to be so awesome :D Fingers crossed. What do you think of this cover? I like it a bunch. <3


MIRA, THE HOPEBEARER
Mira Minkoba is on the run with her friends after a fiery escape from the Pit, where she’d been imprisoned for defending the dragons she loves. And she wants answers. Where have all the dragons been taken? Why are powerful noorestones being shipped to the mainland? And did the treaty she’s been defending her whole life truly sell out the Fallen Isles to their enemies?

MIRA, THE DRAGONHEARTED
As her connection to the dragons—and their power—grows stronger, so does Mira’s fear that she might lose control and hurt someone she loves. But the only way to find the truth is to go home again, to Damina, to face the people who betrayed her and the parents she’s not sure she can trust.

Home, where she must rise above her fears. Or be consumed.

The second page-turning novel in Jodi Meadows’ Fallen Isles trilogy scorches with mysterious magic and riveting romance as one girl kindles a spark into a flame.




Saturday, February 17, 2018

In My Mailbox #328

This week have been good and bad. I'm exhausted almost all the time, and stomach is back to being really bad again. Ugh. I have tried the new medicine three times now, and so far not working. Hoping it will finally start working shortly. Ugh. I hate waiting. And being in pain. But besides that, I read two books this week, and I'm happy about that. Eee. Starting another one today. Hopefully. I have traded for some awesome books, and I cannot wait to get them. So happy. Didn't get much mail this week, though. But that's okay :) Much more is coming soonish, gah. Blogged a little this week. I shared my review of The Queen's Rising :) A bit disappointing. This week I'm waiting on Queen of Air and Darkness, eee. <3 I shared my review of Contagion :D Which was awesome. And I posted the cover for Two Dark Reigns, which is gorgeous. <3 So anyway. This week has been a bit exhausting, but I'm doing mostly good even so. Still spending a lot of time with my baby niece, whom just turned a month old yesterday. She is the sweetest. And tomorrow my nephew turns eight :) Hoping I will have time to read a bunch shortly too. <3



Immortal Reign. Eee, finally, the final book is out :D Which means I can finally read the entire series, eee.
Iron Tide Rising. Yessss. Been waiting so long for this fourth and final book :D I love this series so much.
Reindeer Boy. Could not resist finally buying this. <3 I adore Cassandra Jean and her artwork. So pretty.
Tangled. I know, I know. I have way too many Tangled books already. Ahh. But I had to. It is so so cute :D


More Instagram photos here. <3