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New Releases: Week of May 14, 2019

We Hunt The Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1)
Author: Hafsah Faizal
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Publication Date: May 14, 2019

People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

There's Something About Sweetie (Dimple and Rishi #2)
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 14, 2019

The irresistible companion novel to the New York Timesbestseller When Dimple Met Rishi, which follows Rishi’s brother, Ashish, and a confident fat athlete named Sweetie as they both discover what love means to them.

Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so…sucky. After being dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up.

The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl—under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he’ll be taking his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?

Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.

Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.

Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?

Bout of Books 25 Sign-Up & TBR

Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 25 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

My Goal:

  • Catch up on a few advanced copies and try to get out of my reading slump!


Stacking The Shelves #135/Sunday Post #67

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!

So I drove up to Phoenix on March 26 to hear a panel with Brittany Cavallaro. It was pretty cool. 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

  1. Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff - I just got approved for this on NetGalley last week and I'm FREAKING THRILLED. We all know how much I loved The Illuminae Files and I've just been dying for this. I'm trying so hard to finish my two current reads before picking this up. 
  2. King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody - Another recent approval. And I'm really excited to dive into it ASAP cuz I really loved Ace of Shades as well. 
  3. Again, But Better by Christine Riccio - I'm incredibly curious about this since it's got some good feedback so far. 
  4. Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte - I've been dying to read this! It sounds really good. 
  5. Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury - A retelling, or story based off of Anastasia in space!! Yes! I love Stories based off of Anastasia. That story is part of how my daughter got her name. 
  6. Defy Me (Shatter Me #5) by Tahereh Mafi - Um, HELLO. After the freaking ending of Restore Me I NEED THIS! 
  7. Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber - Despite not liking Caraval at all, I actually did really like Legendary and the ending to it really made me want to read Finale. 
  8. A Question of Holmes (Charlotte Holmes #4) by Brittany Cavallaro - Haha, so I think we all know how much I love these books! I'm so excited to see where this is taking Charlotte and Jamie next!! :D :D 
  9. Soul In Darkness by Wendy Higgins - I love a good book based of mythology and I love Wendy Higgins writing! So I'm really excited to jump into this soon!
  10. Honor Among Thieves (The Honors #1) by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre - I've been wanting to read this for the past year and just finally got a copy since the kindle book was on sale. So I'm finally gonna read this soon! :D

New Releases: Week of February 26, 2019

Four Dead Queens
Author: Astrid Scholte
Publisher: Putnam
Publication Date: February 26, 2019

A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

Get in quick, get out quicker.

These are the words Keralie Corrington lives by as the preeminent dipper in the Concord, the central area uniting the four quadrants of Quadara. She steals under the guidance of her mentor Mackiel, who runs a black market selling their bounty to buyers desperate for what they can’t get in their own quarter. For in the nation of Quadara, each quarter is strictly divided from the other. Four queens rule together, one from each region:

Toria: the intellectual quarter that values education and ambition
Ludia: the pleasure quarter that values celebration, passion, and entertainment
Archia: the agricultural quarter that values simplicity and nature
Eonia: the futurist quarter that values technology, stoicism and harmonious community

When Keralie intercepts a comm disk coming from the House of Concord, what seems like a standard job goes horribly wrong. Upon watching the comm disks, Keralie sees all four queens murdered in four brutal ways. Hoping that discovering the intended recipient will reveal the culprit – information that is bound to be valuable bartering material with the palace – Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, to complete Varin’s original job and see where it takes them.
Warrior of the Wild
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: February 26, 2019

How do you kill a god?

As her father's chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

Blog Tour: The Dysasters by P.C. & Kristin Cast

The Dysasters (The Dysasters #1)
Authors: P.C. & Kristin Cast
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
Pages: 320
Format: Galley/NetGalley

P.C. and Kristin Cast, the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of the House of Night phenomenon, return to the scene with The Dysasters—the first action-packed novel in a new paranormal fantasy series.

Adoptive daughter of a gifted scientist, Foster Stewart doesn’t live a “normal” life, (not that she’d want to). But controlling cloud formations and seeing airwaves aren’t things most eighteen year olds can do.

Small town star quarterback and quintessential dreamy boy next door, Tate “Nighthawk” Taylor has never thought much about his extra abilities. Sure, his night vision comes in handy during games, but who wouldn’t want that extra edge?

From the moment Foster and Tate collide, their worlds spiral and a deadly tornado forces them to work together, fully awakening their not-so-natural ability - the power to control air.

As they each deal with the tragic loss of loved ones, they’re caught by another devastating blow – they are the first in a group of teens genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements, and worse… they’re being hunted.

Now, Foster and Tate must fight to control their abilities as they learn of their past, how they came to be, who’s following them, and what tomorrow will bring… more DYSASTERS?

Stacking The Shelves #134/Sunday Post #66

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!