Waiting on Wednesday: The Traitor’s Game

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

 

The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Traitor's Game (The Traitor's Game #1)

 

 

From Goodreads:

Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won’t stop her from being drawn back into her father’s palace politics. He’s the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well — and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.

The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what — and who — it is they’re fighting for.

Jennifer A. Nielsen introduces us to an unforgettable new heroine in this epic tale of treachery and intrigue, love and deceit.

 

What do you think? Does this sound like something you’d put on your TBR?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can’t Believe I Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…

Books I Can’t Believe I Read

 

These are my “Holy smokes these are HUGE books” books

Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

 

 

Lord of Shadows

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

 

 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

 

 

Now I Rise

Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga, #2)

 

 

These are my “If I had only known…” books

I Hate Everyone But You

I Hate Everyone But You

 

 

The Detour

The Detour

 

 

Stranger Than Fanfiction

Stranger Than Fanfiction

 

 

Jane, Unlimited

Jane, Unlimited

 

 

Fireworks

Fireworks

 

 

27 Hours

27 Hours (The Nightside Saga, #1)

 

 

I tried to break up this list by giving some books I can’t believe I read because of the size and others based on books I did enjoy. Do you have any books you can’t believe you read? Let me know!

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Sunday Street Team Book Tour and Giveaway: Blood and Sand

Blood And Sand

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Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30975382-blood-and-sand?ac=1&from_search=true

About the Author:

C.V. Wyk is the author of BLOOD AND SAND, debuting from Tor Teen January 16, 2018. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Wyk has lived in five states in the continental US (and hopes to add a few international locales to that list). Prone to wanderlust and getting lost, Wyk likes to explore local hiking trails, mountain ranges, dark caves where nefarious mythical creatures undoubtedly reside, and libraries. She currently lives in Maryland with a precocious mini poodle and a demanding guinea pig. In her not-so-spare time, she enjoys playing MMORPGs, kayaking, coding, staring listlessly at blank walls, and nursing a totally healthy coffee addiction.

Preorder Links:

Amazon- US:   https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Sand-C-V-Wyk/dp/0765380099

Target: https://www.target.com/p/blood-and-sand-hardcover-c-v-wyk/-/A-53009528

Author Social Media:

Website: https://www.cvwyk.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/icvwyk

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15262213.C_V_Wyk

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/icvwyk/

Tumblr: https://cvwyk.tumblr.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cvwykbooks/

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Synopsis (GR):

The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic–and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus….

Roma Victor. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to build an empire–an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end–and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus….

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Review:

I am going to give another down and dirty review and really try not to give anything away. Here is the biggest thing you need to know about this book:

YOU NEED THIS BOOK.

This story is going to be hard for me to review because it was beyond words amazing. I loved everything about this story – the historical retelling, the characters, the heartbreak, the slow burn romance… all of it.

Wyk started the action rolling in the first chapter and it never stopped. I truly took my time reading this because I just did not want it to end. I wanted to stay in this world with Attia and Xanthus forever. Attia was the perfect amount of baddass, hardcore, and fragile (she had just lost her freedom after all). To read her character arc and watch her remember just who she was and what she would fight for was brilliant. Xanthus was just as spectacular. He was one of the most complex characters I have read in a while. I wanted to know everything about him. Let’s not forget Xanthus’ fellow fighters/gladiators! Those guys were a HOOT! They had me rolling with laughter the entire time! I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to be friends with them in real life.

This entire story, from start to finish, had me captivated. This was the perfect story I didn’t know I needed to read. I will never stop pushing this on people so be prepared for me to always recommend this. Also, the ending made me cry like a hungry angry baby. TEARS! I already talk to Wyk about it and thanked her for writing such a powerful story. I screamed when it was over because I wanted more. I need book 2 NOW! Please add this to your TBR if you haven’t already!

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Tour Schedule:

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Review – Dani Reviews Things

Review  – Flyleaf Chronicles

Interview – Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews

 

1/14  Tour Stops

Interview –Library Of A Book Witch

Review – Novel Cravings

Review – Inkdin Book Blog

 

1/21  Tour Stops

Review – Boundless Bookaholic

Review – OMG Books And More

 

1/28 Tour Stops

Review – One Way Or Another

Excerpt- Literary Legionnaire

Review  – A Gingerly Review

Guest Post – Emily Reads Everything

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Cover Reveal: Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

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Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf Cover Reveal

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In a new series Publishers Weekly has listed as “one of the most anticipated YA’s of 2018”, we’re excited to share the cover for Bring Me Their Hearts! NYT bestselling author Sara Wolf delivers a fast-paced, gritty fantasy sure to thrill fans of Holly Black, Sabba Tahir, and Sarah J. Maas.

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About the book:

 

Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unaging soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum: if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy Zera’s heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him—every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him—until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

Literally.

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Entangled Publishing: https://entangledpublishing.com/bring-me-their-hearts.html

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07232WZBF

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bring-me-their-hearts-sara-wolf/1126358416

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bring-me-their-hearts/id1237042410

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bring-me-their-hearts

Goodreads Link:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35144326-bring-me-their-hearts

 

Release Date: June 5th, 2018

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About Sara Wolf:

 

Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.

 

 

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Review: The Becoming of Noah Shaw

The Becoming of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions, #1)

 

I have been putting off writing this review as I felt disappointed by this book. I read all the way through and kept expecting it to get better but it never did. I had such high hopes for Noah’s story and feel so let down by what was delivered.

I’m not even sure I can give a recap of this story as I purged it from my mind. You can find it on Goodreads if you need a refresher.

I can and will start this review off on a positive note: the writing was right on par for the rest of the Mara Dyer series. This felt like it belonged with those books but the story itself was what … well… sucked. I did read a lot of Noah’s snark and sarcasm within this story, which was great, but there was just no depth or substance to his story. The absolute biggest thing was that Hodkin did more showing than telling. She kept telling me what happened, what Noah was thinking and feeling, rather than showing me. I did not have that feeling with Mara’s books so that is why I cannot figure out why Hopkins opted to write Noah’s story that way. Don’t tell me what happened, explain it to me in a way that pulls me into the story. It was such a drastic difference from the other books that it made me wonder what the heck happened. This was not the Noah I came to enjoy during Mara’s story.

I don’t know what I can say about the characters… if they did not have direct contact with Noah, they were simply part of the background. Noah’s story gave him more depth and he developed, but that was about it. The rest of the usual band of characters were there but only when it was convenient to move the story along.

 

Overall, here is the biggest complaint with this story: Nothing happened. Holy schnikes this was a boring ass story. I really thought Noah had a stronger back story or POV than this. I had no idea the guy was such a lame! Or maybe just his story is boring as all get out. I stayed with this until the end hoping the entire time that just one thing would happen that would save the story but it never did. In true fashion of books like this – all of the action took place in the last 20-ish pages and then was super duper rushed. Stop doing that! Hopkins had hundreds of pages to make magic happen but chose to never use them. You know what this read like instead? FANFICTION. It did! It read like someone other than Hopkins wrote Noah’s story and got it published. Just let that sink in for a moment….

Will I continue with Noah’s series? Nope, I cannot put myself through more books like this. If I want fanfiction stories I’ll search for them. I walked away from this irritated and let down. I expected so much more from Noah and am afraid I won’t ever get it, especially not from this series. Would I recommend? Not really, but as I keep saying – not every book is for every reader. If you read and loved this story, I wish I could have read it with your eyes. What I read was so disappointing.

 

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Books Left Unread #110

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

Rebel Mechanics (Rebel Mechanics, #1)

 

i’m going to be honest, I don’t have a good reason for why I haven’t read this yet. 😦 Have you read it? What would you say to push me to move it up my TBR?

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Review: Allegedly

Allegedly

 

This is one of those books that had been on my radar for a while. I hesitated because there were such mixed reviews that it made me pause on reading it. Finally, it peaked my curiosity enough that I opted to borrow from my library. I’m so glad that I did. Mind you that this is not an easy story, nor does Jackson sugar coat anything. This is a raw, powerful, and compelling story. There are chapters/scenes/times when I wanted to skim or skip because it was so tough to read but that usually makes for the best story.

Short recap: Mary B. Addison killed a baby at the tender age of nine years old… Allegedly. There was no true and factual evidence that proved Mary killed the three month old and Mary never talked about it. That was enough for the courts to convict her regardless. Now a teenager in a half-way house Mary’s life has taken a turn nobody saw coming so will that finally give her the power to find her voice? Will she finally be able to talk about what really happened all of those years ago?

This book was unputdownable. Is that a word? No? Well, I’m making it a word. I was hooked from the start. The story is told from Mary’s POV and this girl had a lot to say, even when she didn’t say a word to anyone. After being convicted and put in “baby jail”, Mary’s life was harsh and terrifying. That’s putting it nicely. The horrible conditions of the group home in which these girls lived blew my mind. The fact that the other girls in the group home were nastier, meaner, and more cut throat than Mary was nothing short of eye opening. Mary was always picked on and the target of the other girl’s hate because she killed a baby. Allegedly. Mary spends a majority of the book trying to figure out a way to get out of this hellish group home life, even more so after she finds out she is pregnant. That is when it clicked in her mind that nobody would let her keep her baby because she had been convicted of killing a baby. Allegedly. Mary’s character was wonderfully complex, broken, and fragile. I loved reading everything from her POV as it made the story more believable. It made me want to cheer her on when it came to finding her voice and speaking the truth of what happened so long ago.

The way the story was told was also incredibly compelling. It was woven together from newspaper articles, police interviews, fragments and excerpts of books, court transcripts and more. This really helped to give depth and perspective to the overall story and cast a shadow of a doubt on Mary’s alleged guilt. Even Mary’s own mother walks around ashamed of what her daughter did. Allegedly. That was a story line I could not get enough of … Mary and her mother. Those two together were like a can of gasoline and a match. It was a matter of time before things came to a head and someone blew up.

Not only was this a powerhouse of a story of what happens in a group home for severely trouble teens convicted of committing crimes, it also shed light on the criminal justice system and the foster care system. It was all believable and realistic. It did not sugar coat anything or make me believe that everything always works out for the best. It reminded me that not every person who works for the criminal justice system and/or the foster care system is a good person. Some people are just nasty no matter what. It added an extra layer to this story that allowed it to really sink it’s claws into me.

Jackson knows how to research and write a hell of a compelling story. This had me on the edge of my seat until the very end. That ending… WHOA! That ending! This book alone made me a Jackson reader for life. I absolutely cannot wait to read what she comes up with next. If you have been thinking about reading this story, please do so. I am only kicking myself because I wish I had read it sooner.

 

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