Cover Reveal: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Expected Publication Date: January 29, 2019


Cover Reveal: Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Shadow of the Fox
Author: Julie Kagawa
Expected Publication Date: October 30, 2018


Review: Burn by Julianna Baggott

Burn (Pure #3)
Author: Julianna Baggott
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Pages: 422
Format: Kindle Book/Library

With his father now dead, Partridge has assumed leadership of the Dome, one of the last few refuges from the ravaged wastelands of the outside world. At first, Partridge is intent on exposing his father's lies, taking down the rigid order of the Dome, and uniting its citizens with the disfigured Wretches on the outside. But from his new position of power, things are far more complex and potentially dangerous than he could have ever imagined.

On the outside, a band of survivors faces a treacherous journey to Dome. Pressia carries with her the key to salvation. If she can get it to the Dome, the Wretches could one day be healed and everyone might be able to put the horrors of the past behind them. Bradwell, the revolutionary, cannot forgive so easily. Despite Pressia's pleas, he is determined to bring down the Dome and hold its citizens accountable for leaving the rest of the world to burn. El Capitan, the former rebel leader, wants to help Pressia save as many lives as possible--but he's struggling to reconcile his newfound compassion with his vicious past.

As former allies become potential enemies, the fate of the world is more uncertain than ever. Will humanity fall to destruction? Or will a new world rise from the ashes?


*Spoiler Alert*

Stacking The Shelves #97/Sunday Post #29

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 just happened to stumble across Opposition while at the bookstore and am really excited. I love the Lux series. I stopped at book 4 because I was getting impatient reading one and waiting again for more books. LOL. But since I finally got a copy of #5 I'll probably finish the series this year! And even though I'm not even close to #9 in the Saxon Stories series I had to pick it up. The hardcover was in the clearance section of Barnes & Noble for only $6. That's a good price for a hardcover! 

Red Queen Read-Along Final Update & Wrap Up

The Red Queen Read-Along is being hosted here at Hope, Faith & Books. By the end of this week we should have finished Red Queen! Yay!

So I actually finished it already (on April 24th). 
My Thoughts:
I have to say, I didn't like certain parts of the second half of the book as much as I loved the first half as a whole. I thought Mare was a little more gullible and weak (in terms of trusting) in the second half of the book. We did finally get to see all the betrayals everyone talks about. I also got at least one of my questions answered from my last update. It was the one wondering how or what caused Mare's power and whether she was really 100% red. I'm glad at least one thing I was wondering about was answered. I'm also not the biggest fan of Maven right now. Just no. 

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Pages: 383
Format: Kindle Book/Own

This is a world divided by blood - red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart...


Release Day Q & A: Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky In The Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Pages: 352

OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.



My Review


Top Ten Tuesday: Frequently Used Words In Young Adult Titles

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.

Topic:
Frequently Used Words In Young Adult Titles

1. King
ex. The Wicked King, The Summer King, King's Cage, The Mirror King, The Demon King, The Iron King, Daughter of the Pirate King, The Raven King, The Runaway King 

2. Queen
ex. Red Queen, The Shadow Queen, Queen of Air and Darkness, Queen of Shadows, The Orphan Queen, The Exiled Queen, The Iron Queen, Queen Song, Daughter of the Siren Queen, The Queen's Rising, The Forest Queen, The True Queen

3. Shadow/s
ex. From The Earth To The Shadows, Lord of Shadows, Shadow of the Fox, The Shadow Cabinet,
Shadows, Shadows In The Silence, Sweet Shadows, Shadow & Bone, Shadow Souls, Radiant Shadows, Reign of Shadows 

New Releases: Week of April 24, 2018

Sky In The Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: April 24, 2018

OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

Stacking The Shelves #96/Sunday Post #28

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!

NO NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK!

Guys! I successful had a week where I didn't buy any books! Yes! 


Review: Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard

Steel Scars (Red Queen #0.2) 
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Pages: 85
Format: Physical/Own (Part of Cruel Crown)

Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation—Mare Barrow.


Cover Reveal: The Me I Meant To Be by Sophie Jordan

The Me I Meant To Be
Author: Sophie Jordan
Expected Publication Date: January 1, 2019

Review: Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard

Queen Song (Red Queen #0.1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Pages: 55
Format: Physical/Own (Part of Cruel Crown)

Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.




Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Need To Finish

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.

So this week is a freebie! So I'm gonna choose a topic that highlights some books I really need to get on reading! I'm showing the book I left off on in regards to the series named.

Topic:
Top Ten Series I Need To Finish

1. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare - I ended up leaving off on this series with City of Lost Souls. I pretty much got distracted with other books waiting for it to come out and then never got around to reading it once it did. However its been so long since I read any TMI books that I really just need to start with City of Bones again and reread my way through the entire series to refresh myself on everything that happened up to City of Lost Souls. I'm hoping I'll finally conquer finishing this series a little later in the year. 



2. The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout - Another series I'm going to have to go back and reread before continuing. With this series I left off on Origin. Again, I was waiting for it to come out and then just never got to reading it when it did. This was one of my favorite series years ago so it's a bit disappointing I still haven't finished it yet. Another one hopefully I can finish this year?? 




3. The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi - So I left off on Ignite Me with this one. I admit, this one is just laziness. It's sitting at the front of my shelves, staring me in the face as we speak. I've thought about picking it up so many times. But then I don't. However, now with Restore Me out and more books coming in the future, I think I'll be finally getting to it so that way I can be up to date with any future books coming out in the series. 




New Releases: Week of April 17, 2018

Love & War (Alex & Eliza #2)
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR
Publication Date: April 17, 2018

1780. Albany, New York.

As the war for American Independence carries on, two newlyweds are settling into their new adventure: marriage. But the honeymoon's over, and Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler are learning firsthand just how tricky wedded life can be. Alex is still General George Washington's right-hand man and his attention these days is nothing if not divided--much like the colonies' interests as the end of the Revolution draws near. Alex & Eliza's relationship is tested further by lingering jealousies and family drama.




Stacking The Shelves #95/Sunday Post #27

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!



I had to really control myself at the bookstore. These were only about half the books I wanted. I made some touch choices about which books to keep and buy and which ones to save for later. I think I made some good choices. 

Red Queen Read-Along Update

The Red Queen Read-Along is being hosted here at Hope, Faith & Books. It's a low stress way to read Red Queen while not interupting our other reading schedules. We're coming up on the end of week 2 this upcoming Monday, in which we'll have read up through chapter 14 so far.

In case anyone needs a reminder, this is the schedule:
  • April 2nd-9th (Week 1): Chapters 1-7
  • April 10th-16th (Week 2): Chapters 8-14
  • April 17th-23rd (Week 3): Chapters 15-21
  • April 24th-30th (Week 4): Chapters 22-28

Discussion: What do you do with your ARCs when you finish them?

So I wasn't actually planning on posting this yet. It was actually gonna be planned for in a few weeks, but I decided to move it up after a renewed interest in the topic this past week.

So if there's anything most of us can agree on in the bookish community its this, don't sell ARCs! I think the one thing that drives most of us nuts is seeing an ARC being sold online, or in a bookstore. This week as I was at one of the locations of my local used bookstore (it has 3 locations around town) I was browsing the Young Adult section as I usually do and low and behold I found this sitting on the shelf to be bought:

Cover Reveal: Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

Guys, I'm so freaking excited over this! If any of you have been following my blog since 2011, you'll know the Uglies series is one of my absolute favorite series! Like ever! So I'm incredibly excited there's gonna be more books in the series! The first one being this:

Review: Zombies vs The Living Dead by Frank Tayell

Zombies vs The Living Dead (Surviving The Evacuation #0.5)
Author: Frank Tayell
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: September 26, 2013
Pages: 45
Format: Kindle/Bought

The outbreak began in New York. Within days the world descended into chaos as the infection spread to every corner of the globe. Across Britain, millions of people are told to leave the less defensible villages, towns and cities for the safety of one of the enclaves being established around the coast.


For George Tull and the other residents of the Waverly-Price Retirement Home, evacuation is not an option. Finding the staff have left, George has to choose between trying to save those he loathes, or abandoning the woman he loves to an uncertain fate.


"Zombies vs The Living Dead" is the first in a series of short zombie stories recording the aftermath of the outbreak, and is a companion piece to the series “Surviving The Evacuation”, by the same author.

Discussion: Subjects & Interests That Attract Me To Books

So for this topic, I have to give my wonderful fiance credit! I was talking to him about discussion post ideas and he tossed this idea out. So thanks babe! :)

Subjects & Interests That Attract Me To Books

So we all have certain things that peak our interests in certain books. Here are some of mine!

New Releases: Week of April 10, 2018

The Fates Divide (Carve The Mark #2) 
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Publication Date: April 10, 2018

In the second book of the Carve the Mark duology, globally bestselling Divergent author Veronica Roth reveals how Cyra and Akos fulfill their fates. The Fates Divide is a richly imagined tale of hope and resilience told in four stunning perspectives.

Fate brought them together. Now it will divide them.

The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable.

Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.

As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.

Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)
Author: Amanda Foody
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 10, 2018

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn't have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne's offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi's enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

Dreamer (Traveler #2)
Author: L.E. DeLano
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: April 10, 2018

This thrilling sequel to Traveler doles out adventure and heartbreak in equal measure as it takes readers through a kaleidoscope of intricately crafted worlds of wonder, discovery, and danger.

You’re still you no matter where you go.

Jessa has learned the hard way that traveling to alternate dimensions isn’t all delicious, glittering desserts and fancy parties: it also means accidentally running into people she thought she'd never see again. Still mourning a devastating loss, Jessa isn’t really prepared for the arrival of a reckless version of someone she once loved who is now bent on revenge. Add an increasingly complicated relationship with her best friend Ben, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the threat of the multiverse collapsing, and Jessa’s got a lot on her plate. She may be destined to help save an infinite multitude of worlds… but in the end, all Jessa really wants to do is save her friends.

In Dreamer, the young adult fantasy follow up to Traveler, author L. E. DeLano delivers a gripping, emotional story that will leave readers on the edge of their seat.

Other New Releases This Week:
Winter Glass (Spindle Fire #2) by Lexa Hillyer (4/10/18) [Harper Teen]
Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist (4/10/18) [Greenwillow]
Beyond A Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake (4/10/18) [Harper Teen]
Picture Us In The Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert (4/10/18) [Disney-Hyperion]
Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn (4/10/18) [Knopf BYR]
Given To The Earth (Given Duet #2) by Mindy McGinnis (4/10/18) [Putnam]
The Fall of Grace by Amy Fellner Dominy (4/10/18) [Delacorte]
The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix (4/10/18) [Simon & Schuster]
Bound To You by Alyssa Brandon (4/10/18) [Swoon Reads]
Relative Strangers by Paula Garner (4/10/18) [Candlewick Press]

Cover Reveal: Sherwood by Meagan Spooner


Sherwood
Author: Meagan Spooner
Expected Publication Date: March 2019

About The Book:
Robin of Locksley is dead.

When news comes that he's fallen in battle at the King's side in the Holy Land, Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on. Betrothed to Robin, she was free to be herself, to flaut the stifling rules of traditional society and share an equal voice with her beloved when it came to caring for the people of her land.

Now Marian is alone, with no voice of her own. The people of Locksley, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, are doomed to live in poverty or else face death by hanging. The dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sherriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley, and Marian’s fiancĂ©. Society demands that she accept her fate, and watch helplessly as her people starve.

When Marian dons Robin's green cloak, and takes up his sword and bow, she never intended that anyone should mistake her for Robin, returned from the Holy Land as a vigilante. She never intended that the masked, cloaked figure she created should stand as a beacon of hope and justice to peasant and noble alike. She never intended to become a legend.

But all of Nottingham is crying out for a savior. So Marian must choose to make her own fate and become her own hero...

Stacking The Shelves [#94]/Sunday Post [#26]

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 got this pretty thing for $9 dollars at my used book store. Poster still in the book and everything. So while this book is sitting on the shelves of Barnes & Noble full price. Someone turned in a copy to the used bookstore and I got it for only $9. YAY! Also, the cashier totally went all fan girl over Tamora Pierce's books. I have to admit, it was pretty cool seeing someone fan girl over a favorite author just like I do! 


So I got two books reviewed this week! Yay!! :D

We got some big title news this week! The title for the final book in the Throne of Glass series was revealed! It's:


I've been working behind the scenes more this week than writing posts. If you have seen my reviews this week, you'll notice I finally have a colored background for the book descriptions! I finally figured out how to add the css coding to do that! Shush, don't judge, I'm not the fastest learner of html or css. LOL. But this is something I've been wanting to do for my reviews for a while! I think it makes them look much better! :D I've also been tweaking things here and there. 

I've also been brainstorming discussion posts. I have some ideas I'll be working on the next few days and scheduling. A few are for specific days/holidays in the next two months. If there's a topic you want me to tackle, make sure to leave it in the comments! :)

Guys, Arizona is not fun. Its the beginning of April and its already hot. It's seriously supposed to get up to 93-96 degrees this upcoming week. I'm so far beyond not amused. It's April and it's almost 100 degrees. Its too hot already guys! This really isn't a fun state to live in for 75% of the year because of the heat. I'd honestly rather go back to living in a state with humidity. 

Last Sunday was Easter. We had a lot of fun! Ana got some cool stuff. If your well versed in Disney Junior/Nick Jr shows, you'll recognize the names of the stuff she got. She got a Peppa Pig Easter Pail and coloring set, Mickey & The Roadster Racers and Puppy Dog Pals coloring books. She also got a cool magazine completely dedicated to the show Vampirina. She also got Paw Patrol stickers. And an Owelette (PJ Masks) lunch box for her to store the candy she got in. She was pretty happy with the stuff she got. And she had a fun time hunting eggs! So I failed to get a good picture of Ana with her stuff. Lol. But I got a great picture of my sweet kitty Brodie! We might have had fun and covered him in Easter grass to make him festive. Lol. He's such a chill cat though and rolled with it! 




As always, there's lots of time to sign up for the 2018 Dystopia Reading Challenge! I'd love to have you guys join me! :) 

You also still have until the 11th to sign up for the Red Queen Read-Along if you'd like to participate! (That's as long as I can keep the linky open). It's pretty low stress. Just a few chapters each week throughout the month! :)
  • Review of The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories #1) by Bernard Cornwell
  • Review of Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber
  • Some discussions