Book Friday: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Princess of Thorns was a fast read that I couldn’t put down.

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I was very excited to read this book because it sounded like Game of Thrones meets Grim Fairy Tales.

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There are no dragons, but what a wonderful book full of adventure and romance. Princess of Thorns has a great opener “Once upon a time there lived a prince and a princess with no happy ever after…” Doesn’t that kill? Let’s take a look at the book.


 

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  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 038574322X
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (December 9, 2014)

Game of Thrones meets the Grimm’s fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.
 
Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora’s throne ten years ago.
 
Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it’s too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?


My Review: I received a copy for an honest review, but I’m going to buy my own copy for my library. I loved it that much!

There are three main characters, told from each view point in first person. The first MC is Aurora. I loved this take on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. Aurora is the daughter of Sleeping Beauty. At seven Aurora’s mother dies but gifts her with fairy magic on her last breath. There always comes a price with magic. Aurora can never love anyone or a price is paid for that person if she does. When Aurora’s brother Jor is captured by the Ogre Queen, Aurora, known as Ror, must raise an army to rescue him. Ror has great strength and ability from her fairy magic. She’s an exceptional knight and the only way to raise an army is to pose as her brother.

The next persecutive is told by Prince Niklass. The prince is looking for Ror’s brother, so he can win the hand of Aurora. He too has a curse. On his eighteenth birthday he will face the same fate as his ten older brothers by turning into a swan. To save his humanity he must marry a princess. He meets Ror, who is disguised as her brother. Ror promises to introduce Niklaas to Aurora if he agrees to help her build an army. This is where the fun part starts!

The last perspective is that of the Orge Queen. We don’t get to see her that much but she is cray cray! She wants the ogres to rule again and when she tells her story it’s under the plural “we.” I told you she’s crazy! She devours all souls and they merge with hers, thus the plural we.

And so the story unfolds with Ror and Niklaas trying to help each other. Due to Ror pretending to be a boy, you can imagine all the consequences that come with it, plot twists ensue. I just loved the way Ror and Niklaas interact. The chemistry is smoldering but develops slowly, which is a great factor in making the story develop. The truly fun part was at the first half of the book, when Niklaas thinks of Ror as his future brother-n-law, not his wife. Boy does he have a surprise coming.

The world building was wonderful. Stacy did a fantastic job at merging two fairytales and making it all her own. Her description was vivid and the pacing kept my fingers turning the page. The ending left me content and I must pick up Stacy’s other books. I need more!

Should you read it? Yes! Stacy brings us into a fairytale world of princess disguised as princes, princes needing the rescue, and a formable enemy who isn’t as she appears. The book is wonderfully written and the action keeps you at the edge of your seat. I truly loved this book and the sublet hints of other fairy tales within it, such as Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel. I do hope she ventures into those stories.

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About the Author:

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Stacey Jay is a recovering workaholic (or at least working hard at recovering) with two small children, and a passion for playing pretend for a living. She’s been a full time mom-writer since 2005 and can’t think of anything she’d rather be doing. Her former careers include theatre performer, professional dancer, poorly paid C-movie actress, bartender, waiter, math tutor, and yoga instructor.

In her very limited spare time, Stacey enjoys cooking elaborate dinners and eating them very slowly, dressing up in costumes with her sons, and drinking wine with her husband. She loves to hear from readers and personally answers every single email she receives.

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Look Out Wednesday: Maggie Hall’s The Conspiracy of Us.

It’s Wednesday!

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And that means we get to point out what future books we can’t wait to read. Today’s book that has sparked our interest is a spy thriller! It sounds like Bond meets Da Vinchi Code.

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Ugh, pardon our distraction.

Let’s take a look at Maggie Hall’s The Conspiracy of Us.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages

  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (January 13, 2015)

Avery West’s newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.

To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle—beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family–but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she’s falling in love with.

About the Author:

Hello! I’m Maggie Hall. I’m a YA writer.

MaggieHallHeadshotZoomedOutMy debut novel THE CONSPIRACY OF US, which features scheming and code-breaking, Paris and Istanbul, and forbidden love and fate, is coming from Putnam/Penguin January 13, 2015. It’s the first in a trilogy.

I’ve just come back to Albuquerque, NM after a year of traveling around the world with my husband.

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When I’m home, you can usually find me DIY-ing something off Pinterest, or learning to cook new, delicious things, or watching USC football. (Fight on!)

Follow Maggie on twitter, Instagram.

Doesn’t the book sound wonderful? We can’t wait to read this! We love Maggie. She has such a wonderful presence on social media. You really do need to follow her.

Add the book to Goodreads, or pre-oder here.

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Book Friday: Ignite by Sara B Larson

I’m so excited to have read this book. I’ve been waiting with anticipation to read the sequel to Defy…

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Fangirl moment.

I wasn’t disappointed. Defy left me with wanting more and Sara doesn’t disappoint with Ignite!

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  • Series: Defy

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (December 30, 2014)

 In the kingdom of Antion, peace has at long last been restored. Now that King Hector’s reign of terror is over, the newly crowned King Damian, along with his most trusted guard, Alexa, must focus on rebuilding Antion and reclaiming the hope of their people. But the wounds of the past are no as easily mended as Alexa and Damian had hoped. And to further complicate matters, Alexa still harbors a secret love for Damian, a love she refuses to acknowledge for the sake of Antion, and for the sake of the king himself.

When new threats to the kingdom surface–including an assassination attempt on Damian–blame is cast on the once-friendly nation of Blevon. Alexa knows things are not what they seem, however, and once again the fate of her country hangs in the balance. Will Alexa be able to protect her king and find the true enemy before it’s too late?

Filled with romance and treachery, magic and violence, this stunning sequel to Defy whisks readers off on another thrilling adventure.


 

My review:  I received a copy for an honest review. I have been waiting anxiously to read this books since Defy left it me heartbroken. I immediately tore through this book and I wasn’t disappointed. Sara did a wonderful job at recapping what happened in the last book with the first chapter.

The kingdom of Antion is at peace and Alexa stands guard by King Damian’s side daily. However, this is torture for her because she lied to him about her true feelings. She truly loves him but Damian believes otherwise…and it’s so sad! Alexa doesn’t believe she could be the right queen for him and thinks it’s the best interest to pull away from him. Alexa will sacrifices her happiness for the good of the kingdom.This aggravated me to no end…which is a good thing. I kept on reading to see the outcome. The interactions between Damian and Alexa was wonderfully written. The beginning of the book has that tortuous, snapping dialogue between the two.They can’t even look at each other.

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Delegates from the kingdom of Dansii arrive with the beautiful alluring Vera. Jelousy automatically hits Alexa when the king shows interest in her. Her battles scars from the last fight leave her self-conscious about her appearance. People point and whisper about the scars. What I love about Alexa is that she keeps her head up and emotions interlocked inside. She is still a great fighter and wants to protect her kingdom. She becomes suspicious about Vera immediately and rightfully so! Vera’s food tester is poisoned and the body disappears along with Damian’s little brother. Also, the kingdom of Blevon sends soldiers to speak with the king and then they attack him! Something is wrong with their eyes, soulless blank eyes, but they are all killed before answers could be heard. News of outside villages being attacked by a black sorcerer brings more questions then answers.

The action was intense and I couldn’t turn the page fast enough. Sara’s writing flows on the page and the description immerses me into Alexa’s world so well I couldn’t put the book down. Her character development is wonderful with the dialogue between Damian and Alexa. The other characters such as Rylan, Eljin and Tanoori had a strong presence and made me yearn for more of them. Which I’m sure we’ll see them in the third book.

I can’t wait for the third book because Sara loves to leave us hanging! Good and bad things need to be resolved in the next book and war is bruin.

Should you read it? Yes! Sara brings us back into the world of Alexa and her fight to save her king. The book is wonderfully written and the description perfectly visual. Once you pick this book up you won’t want to put it down.

                          

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About the Author:

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I love writing, reading, and dessert–but the order varies by the day. I wrote my first book in second grade about a woman who had a premature baby, complete with a “to scale” drawing of the baby’s size–while my mom was pregnant. To say I was a bit precocious is putting it lightly. Now that I’m an adult, I write books for teens that have magic and romance and kick-butt girls (and very few premature babies). I live in Utah with my husband, two young sons and baby girl. I write during naptime and the hours when most people are sleeping. My  husband claims I should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” On occasion you will find me hiding in a bubble bath with a book and some Swedish Fish. I am represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

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Look Out Wednesday: Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

Happy Hump Day!

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And that means we’re posting what upcoming books we’re excited about. Today is a murder mystery that gained our attention by one quote: “If Alfred Hitchcock had directed Downton Abbey, the result would have been this book. Alexandra Monir takes us on a gripping, nonstop thrill ride with just the right amount of supernatural and an ending that you definitely won’t suspect. I devoured it in one sitting.”–Jessica Brody, bestselling author of the Unremembered trilogy.

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See why we’re hooked to read this book!


 

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (December 9, 2014)

“There’s something hidden in the maze.”
Seventeen-year-old Imogen Rockford has never forgotten the last words her father said to her, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family’s English country manor.

For seven years, images of her parents’ death have haunted Imogen’s dreams. In an effort to escape the past, she leaves Rockford Manor and moves to New York City with her new guardians. But some attachments prove impossible to shake—including her love for her handsome neighbor Sebastian Stanhope.

Then a life-altering letter arrives that forces Imogen to return to the manor in England, where she quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind Rockford’s aristocratic exterior. At their center is Imogen herself—and Sebastian, the boy she never stopped loving.

Combining spine-tingling mystery, romance, and unforgettable characters, Suspicion is an action-packed thrill ride.

About the Author:

Author and recording artist Alexandra Monir broke onto the scene in her early twenties with the release of her popular debut YA novel, the paranormal romance Timeless (Delacorte Press/Random House). The book caught on quickly, landing on the Barnes & Noble Bestsellers chart and being alexnamed one of Amazon’s “Best Books of the Month.” The sequel, Timekeeper, was published in 2013. Both books in the series have been featured in a variety of media, from USA Today to teen magazines and websites such as J-14, JustJaredJr, Teen.com and Justine Magazine. Suspicion (Random House; December 9, 2014) marks Alexandra’s first novel outside of the Timeless series, as well as her first foray into the mystery genre. Her fourth YA novel for Random House will be published in April 2016.

Alexandra is also a singer/songwriter, known for integrating music into her books’ pages. She wrote and recorded three original songs to accompany Timelessand Timekeeper, which were released as the album The Timeless EP and distributed by Jimmy Buffett’s record label, Mailboat Records. She additionally recorded a new song to be released along with Suspicion, and is composing a stage musical geared toward Broadway. Alexandra is the granddaughter of the late Monir Vakili, the foremost Persian opera singer.

Alexandra currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She has been invited to speak at middle schools and high schools across the country, and at major events including Comic-Con, Bouchercon, the Iranian-American Women’s Leadership Conference, and New York Public Library’s annual Teen Author Festival, among others.

Follow Alexandra on twitter, Facebook, and/or her blog.


 

Sounds intriguing right?

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Suspicion comes out Dec 9th. That’s next week!

Pre-Order here, add to Goodreads.

 

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Monday Funday: Cover Reveal for Starfall (Starstruck #4) by Brenda Hiatt

Today we have the awesome opportunity to be part of Starfall cover reveal. We’re so excited!

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 First the Synopsis: M, now Sovereign Emileia, has overcome incredible odds to save the Martian colony Nuath from destruction. But at what cost? Her soulmate Rigel has had all memory of her erased and is now on his way back to Earth. Without Rigel, life seems pointless but she’s expected to shake off her heartbreak and assume the responsibilities of leadership. Reluctantly, M does what she must until a glimmer of hope has her racing a quickly-closing launch window to return to Earth—and Rigel. Once there, she intends to do everything she can to restore Rigel’s memory and rekindle their love—if it’s not already too late.

And to the cover!

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Gorgeous right? The colors are amazing with the falling meteors and the painted starry sky. Just as fabulous as the other 3 covers.

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 Find more about her YA series at Starstruck Website

                                                 

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 About this author:

Brenda Hiatt is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty novels (so far), including sweet and spicy historical romance, time travel romance, humorous mystery and a new young adult science fiction series. In addition to writing, Brenda is passionate about embracing life to the fullest, to include scuba diving, Taekwondo, hiking, traveling, and reading, of course! Brenda collects data on writers’ earnings, which she shares at her  Website.

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We can’t wait to start this series. The cover is gorgeous and the plot intriguing. Plus, you really need to follow Seeing Double in Neverland because…you guessed it, they’re twins too!

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Giveaway Book Blog Tour Of Anomaly by Tonya Kuper

Today we’re excited to be part of the Anomaly blog tour!

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Let’s get this review and giveaway started!

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Anomaly Schrodinger’s Consortium #1)

by Tonya Kuper

Release Date: 11/25/14

Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

Reality is only an illusion.
Except for those who can control it…

Worst. Birthday. Ever.
My first boyfriend dumped me – happy birthday, Josie!- my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils. Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening…

Like I make something materialize just by thinking about it.
When hot badass Reid Wentworth shows up on a motorcycle, everything changes. Like, everything. Who I am. My family. What really happened to my brother. Existence. I am Oculi, and I have the ability to change reality with my thoughts. Now Reid, in all his hotness, is charged with guiding and protecting me as I begin learning how to bend reality. And he’s the only thing standing between me and the secret organization that wants me dead…

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 My Review:

The book begins with Josie’s birthday and she’s having a really bad day. Her boyfriend dumped her and her dad is missing. Migraines pound her head and nausea seizes her body. This isn’t normal for her and when Reid enters her life on a motorcycle all hot and heavenly, she finds out she isn’t normal at all. She’s an Oculit, one who can manipulate reality with her mind. This makes her life dangerous and Reid is the only one who can train Josie with her new abilities. He can train me! Josie is introduced to the world of Consortium and Resistance, Anomalys, Pushers, and Retractors…think X-men meets Bond!

First off, I love Josie! I love the geekiness of her with the sci-fi references. I’m a nerdy girl and just could relate to all her cute geeky references. I recognized Marvel, Star Wars, Star Trek, Bing Bang Theory and other geek fandom references in the book. I get it! She’s bubbly, cute and powerful. Oh boy is she powerful. She may be small and nerdy but she packs a punch. She cares for her friends and is super smart. She’s one I would want as a friend and have at my side.

Reid is a hot hunk. Who wound’t fall in love with him in the first scene when he’s introduced on a motorcycle? His chemistry with Josie was sizzling. I just loved their interactions and dialogue together.

The book has a split point of view. We are immersed in Josie’s and Reid’s minds. Which I loved! I loved finding out things before the characters and with the two different POV we get that. Tonya easily slips between characters each chapter. I always knew who I was reading.

Anomaly is a fast paced, exciting read! I loved the humor and romance throughout the book. Tonya did a fabulous job weaving a world of power and intrigue. I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough.The characters from Josie to Reid to the sidekicks are well established. The words flowed together in a rhythm of wonderful description and action scenes. The world she built is amazing.

Should you read it? Absolutely! If you’re looking for a good science fiction book with romance and super powers this book is for you. Fans of The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout should read Anomaly. It’s a four star book!

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About the Author:

Tonya Kuper’s debut, ANOMALY, the first in the Schrodinger’s Consortium young adult scifi trilogy, releases November 2014 by Entangled Teen. She lives in Omaha, NE with her two rad boys and husband, is a music junkie, and a chocolate addict. Star Wars & Sherlock fan.

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Look Out Wednesday: Gone Too Far by Natalie Richards

Hi Lovlies!

Today we have a wonderful mystery book that has caught our eye.

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What would you do if a journal of all the popular kids’ sins lands in your lap? Would you keep it to yourself to blackmail them? Would you unleash the fury and spread their sins for all to see? These questions ran through our mind when we read the synopsis of Gone Too Far. Truths can be dangerous and Piper Woods is about to find that out. We want to find out too!

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See why this book has us hooked!

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (January 6, 2015)

Piper Woods can’t wait to graduate. To leave high school-and all the annoying cliques-behind. But when she finds a mysterious notebook filled with the sins of her fellow students, Piper’s suddenly drowning in their secrets. 

And she’s not the only one watching…

An anonymous text invites Piper to choose: the cheater, the bully, the shoplifter. The popular kids with their dirty little secrets. And with one text, Piper can make them pay.


About the Author: Natalie Richards

Natalie D. Richards won her first writing competition in the second grade with her short story anataliebout Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn’t dare do the dishes.) Now she writes about awesome girls, broody boys, and all things dark and creepy. When she’s not writing or shopping her manuscripts, you can probably find her wading through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom. Natalie lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her techno-wiz husband, three amazing kids, and a seventy pound dust-mop who swears he’s the family dog.

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Sounds great right? The synopsis drew our attention and we seriously can’t wait to see where this story takes us! It’s been added to our to be read list right away.

Add Gone Too Far to Goodreads and Pre-Order it!

 

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