Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Teaser Tuesday #303, January 31st

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's teaser comes from Vigilante by Kady Cross, page 25.

"Jose didn't get angry; he never raised his voice. Once you were in his class for a couple of sessions, you realized that he meant whatever came out of his mouth, and no amount of urging, begging, or even threats could persuade him otherwise."

That sounds like a rather good quality! But not so good for whoever is narrating, it sounds like! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Yasmine Galenorn Author Page

The Story: I saw some of her books around on Goodreads, and decided to try them out! And yeah, they look really great, and I can't wait to read them!


Series: Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon, Fly by NightIndigo Court, Whisper HollowLily Shore.

Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon: Etched in Silver and her site, my review, Witchling and her site, my review, Changeling and her site, my review, Darkling and her site, my review, Dragon Wytch and her site, my review, Night Huntress and her site, my review, Demon Mistress and her site, my review, The Shadow of Mist and her site, my review, Bone Magic and her site, my review, Harvest Hunting and her site, my review, Bone Wynd and her site, my review, Ice Shards and her site, my review, Counting Darkness and her site, my review, Shaded Vision and her site, my review, Shadow Rising and her site, my review, Haunted Moon and her site, my review, Autumn Whispers and her site, my review, Crimson Veil and her site, my reviewFlight from Hell, Priestess Dreaming and her site, my review, Panther Prowling and her site, my review, Darkness Raging and her site, my review, Moon Shimmers and her site, my review, Knight Magic and her site, my reviewHarvest Song and her site, my reviewBlood Bonds and her site.

Fly by Night (Spin Off Series of *Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon*): Flight from Hell and her site, my review, Flight by Death and her site, my review, Flight by Mayhem and her site, my review.

Indigo Court: Night Myst and her site, my reviewNight Veil and her site, my review, Night Seeker and her site, my review, Night Vision and her site, my review, Night's End and her site, my review, Night Shivers and her site, my review.

Whisper Hollow: Autumn Thorns and her site, my review, Shadow Silence and her site, my review.

Lily Shore: Souljacker and her site, my review.

Monday, January 30, 2017

We Have the Cover of Untitled #1!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray! And it's so awesome!

We Have the Cover of the Traitor's Trilogy #1!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of The Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beatly!

We Have the Cover of Alex Grave #5!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Grave Ransom by Kalayna Price! And it's awesome! 

We Have the Cover of Cainsville #5!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Rituals by Kelley Armstrong!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #295, January 30th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #294
Teaser Tuesday #302
WWW Wednesday #302
WOW #299
Will the Time Come #293
Third Sentence Thursday #283
Random Reads #270
First Lines Friday #289
The Reward Challenge Update #280
Follow Friday #272
How Well I Stuck to It #124
Wrote that Review Update #129

Week 4 Reviews:
I, Q
Embraced by Darkness
The Forgotten

Heartstone: Review

Elle Katharine White Author Page
We Have the Cover of A Court of Thorns and Roses #3!!!!
Diana Pharaoh Francis Author Page

OK, so I got 19 posts in 7 days, What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read American Street, The Darkest Kiss, The Hate U Give, The Hidden, The Hidden Memory of Objects, Ronit & Jamil, Run the Risk, A Season of Daring Greatly, The Upside of Unrequited, Wait for Me, and #famous.
American Street is an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Everything, Everything; Bone Gap; and All American Boys. In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture.

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola's mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit's west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?
Danger turns her on.
Desire turns her dangerous...

Riley Jenson hunts evildoers—and does it with a style all her own. With vamp blood coursing her through her veins, and a werewolf’s uncanny instinct for danger, Riley wears snakeskin stilettos and pure, in-your-face attitude when she plunges into her latest case: hunting down a killer whose victims are high-society strumpets—and the rich and powerful men they’ ve dated.

But for Riley, the case takes a chilling turn when a second killer starts trailing mutilated bodies of his own: a crazed young vamp choosing victims from a past marked by tragedy. Riley knows she’s got the skill and cunning to catch two serial killers at once…until one of them strikes inside her own tight-knit clan—and a sexy beast of a vampire reenters her life to aid in the hunt. His name is Quinn. He’s lived forever, shed blood, and shared pleasure…and he’s the only man over whom Riley has absolutely no control…
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
Can the same killer strike again a hundred and fifty years later?

Estes Park, Colorado, is a place of serenity. But it wasn't always so serene. Shortly after the Civil War, Nathan Kendall and his wife were murdered there, leaving behind a young son. The crime was never solved.

Now, historian Scarlet Barlow is working at a small museum attached to a B and B, the same building where that murder occurred. She recently came to Colorado, reeling after her divorce from FBI agent Diego McCullough. Diego, who's just been asked to join the Krewe of Hunters, a unit dealing with unusual situations.

When Scarlet unwittingly takes pictures of people who've been murdered just like the Kendalls a hundred and fifty years before the police look at her with suspicion. Then the museum's statues of historic people, including Nathan Kendall, begin to talk to her, and she knows it's time to call her ex-husband. Diego heads to Estes Park, determined to solve the bizarre case that threatens Scarlet's life and to reunite with the woman he never stopped loving.
Megan Brown’s brother, Tyler, is dead, but the cops are killing him all over again. They say he died of a drug overdose, potentially suicide—something Megan cannot accept. Determined to figure out what happened in the months before Tyler’s death, Megan turns to the things he left behind. After all, she understands the stories objects can tell—at fifteen, she is a gifted collage artist with a flair for creating found-object pieces. However, she now realizes that her artistic talent has developed into something more: she can see memories attached to some of Tyler’s belongings—and those memories reveal a brother she never knew.

Enlisting the help of an artifact detective who shares her ability and specializes in murderabilia—objects tainted by violence or the deaths of their owners—Megan finds herself drawn into a world of painful personal and national memories. Along with a trusted classmate and her brother's charming friend, she chases down the troubling truth about Tyler across Washington, DC, while reclaiming her own stifled identity with a vengeance.
Pamela L. Laskin’s beautiful and lyrical novel in verse delivers a fresh and captivating retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that transports the star-crossed lovers to the modern-day Israel-Palestine conflict.

Ronit, an Israeli girl, lives on one side of the fence. Jamil, a Palestinian boy, lives on the other side. Only miles apart but separated by generations of conflict—much more than just the concrete blockade between them. Their fathers, however, work in a distrusting but mutually beneficial business arrangement, a relationship that brings Ronit and Jamil together. And lightning strikes. The kind of lightning that transcends barrier fences, war, and hatred.

The teenage lovers fall desperately into the throes of forbidden love, one that would create an irreparable rift between their families if it were discovered. But a love this big can only be kept secret for so long. Ronit and Jamil must face the fateful choice to save their lives or their loves, as it may not be possible to save both.
From the author of On the Edge and Light of Day, Run the Risk is a romantic and gritty story, perfect for fans of Simone Elkeles.

Grace has done her best to move on since her ex-boyfriend Mateo chose gang life over her. But even though years have passed, she hasn’t forgotten him—especially since she’s seen her younger brother Alex drawn to a life on the streets. She can’t bear to think of Alex making the same mistakes as Mateo, but she feels him slipping away.

So when Mateo suddenly resurfaces, insisting he’s left gang life behind him, Grace sees an opportunity. Maybe he could be the one to reach Alex and pull him away from the edge. She tells herself she’s only talking to Mateo again because of Alex, but her feelings quickly return. Can she ever trust Mateo again? And is saving her brother worth risking a broken heart? With everyone she loves in danger, Grace must decide how much to sacrifice before it’s too late.

Run the Risk is set in the same world as Allison van Diepen’s previous novels Light of Day and On the Edge (readers will recognize some of their favorite characters in this book) and features a diverse cast. With romance, action, and realistic friendships, this is a gripping story about the dangers one girl faces to save the people she loves.
Eighteen-year-old Jill Cafferty just made history. Her high school’s star pitcher, she is now the first woman drafted by a major league baseball team. Only days after her high school graduation, she’ll join the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Class A Short Season team . . . but not everyone is happy to have her there.

On top of the pressure heaped on every pitcher, Jill must deal with defying conventions and living up to impossible expectations, all while living away from home for the first time. She’ll go head-to-head against those who are determined to keep baseball an all-male sport. Despite the reassurance of coaches and managers alike, a few of her teammates are giving her trouble. The media presence following her at each game is inescapable. And to top it all off, Jill is struggling with the responsibilities of being a national hero and a role model for young women everywhere. How can she be a role model when she’s not even sure she made the right choice for herself? Didn’t baseball used to be fun?

This literary and engrossing story of a young woman trying to mark out a place for herself in a male-dominated world will captivate fans of Friday Night Lights, The Art of Fielding, John Corey Whaley, and Laurie Halse Anderson.
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back.

There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. He's a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Set on a Scottish farm in the spring of 1945, Wait for Me begins as Paul, a severely burned German prisoner-of-war, is sent to the farm to work. Lorna, the farmer's teenage daughter, soon discovers that in wartime, your family and your allies might not actually be your friends, and your enemy might turn out to be the love of your life. Lorna's friendship with Paul, and their developing love for each other, is challenged by Lorna's own prejudices and by the intolerance of her soldier brother and her friends in the village. Ultimately, the events which bring peace to Europe will tear Lorna and Paul apart. What will Lorna have to give up in order to find Paul again?
Debut author Jilly Gagnon bursts onto the scene with a story equal parts bite and romance, perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Jennifer E. Smith, about falling for someone in front of everyone.

In this modern day love story: Girl likes boy. Girl snaps photo and posts it online. Boy becomes insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent photo turns into a whirlwind adventure that forces them both to question whether fame—and love—are worth the price…and changes both of their lives forever.

Told from alternating points of view, #famous captures the sometimes-crazy thrill ride of social media and the equally messy but wonderful moments of liking someone in real life.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Wrote that Review Update #129, January 29th

Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!
If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for Twinmaker, I, Q, Crashland, Redux, Hollowgirl, Heartstone, Embraced by Darkness, The Forgotten, so I have 4 of 4 reviews written!

Also, I wrote the review of The Darkest Kiss for next week!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #124, January 29th

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 6:
All Hollows Eve by Heather Graham, Haunted Destiny by Heather Graham, Blacklist by Alyson Noel, Deadly Desire by Keri Arthur, The End of Our Story by Meg Haston, The Freemason's Daughter by Shelley Sackier, Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr, Just a Girl by Carrie Mesrobian, Literally by Lucy Keating, Looking for Group by Rory Harrison, Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: 1. Check.

Edelweiss: 8. Check.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: 1. Check.

Yeah, a pretty awesome book! I love the book of it, and Ic an't wait to read it! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Week 4 Review: The Forgotten

From Goodreads:
Murdered by a dead man? 

A woman named Maria Gomez is murdered in Miami, apparently by her husband—who'd been presumed dead, slain by a crime boss. FBI agent Brett Cody can't believe it; dead or alive, the man had loved his wife. He also can't help feeling guilty, since he was responsible for protecting Miguel and Maria Gomez. 

A few miles away, Lara Mayhew has just begun working at a dolphin research facility. She loves her new job—until a dolphin brings her something unexpected from the deep. A human hand. More body parts show up, and when Brett looks into the situation, he discovers that the dismembered corpse is Miguel's. 

Soon, rumors of crazed zombies abound in the Miami media, and the Krewe of Hunters, an elite FBI unit of paranormal investigators, is called in. Brett and Lara find themselves working with the Krewe—and working closely together. An elderly crime boss who's losing his memory seems to be key to solving this case, but…there's no motive. Unless Brett and Lara can uncover one in the Miami underworld. And that means they have to protect themselves. And each other. 

My Review:
Loved reading this book! And having it right after The Hidden, the story where Lara was introduced, was fantastic! Plus, there were dolphins! Made this book so much better because dolphins make everything better!

I really enjoyed this mystery, of Miguel and Maria, a couple who've had a decent life together, who were killed while under the protection of the FBI. And then the investigation involving Miami's underworld, it kinda reminded me of The Cursed, in a good way!

Lara had a pretty awful experience in The Hidden, being kidnapped and left to waste away in the dark, alone. But she survived, and she's building a new life for herself, one that is pretty great. But then everything happens, and it's the perfect addition to the foundation she's been building!

Really enjoyed Lara and Brett together! They were an interesting couple, and I enjoyed reading about them and their adventures! And how they solved the crime, that was fantastic, and made for a wonderful ending! Loved it!

This was a really fantastic book in this series, and I can't wait to read more!

Author: Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters #16
Read: January 27th, 2017
Source: NetGalley/Bought
Reason Why: Love her books and this series! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book!
Publisher: Mira
Published: July 28th 2015
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 4 Review: Embraced by Darkness

From Goodreads:
She's hunting a killer—
and shattering every boundary—
she's ever known.…

Part vamp, part werewolf, Riley Jenson plays by her own rules, whether it's her stormy love life or her job as a guardian. But when her family's alpha male demands that she solve the mystery of a vanished girl, Riley can feel a trap closing in around her. Because the job comes with a catch: if Riley fails, her own mother will die.

Now the stakes are raised, the hunt is on...and when more women vanish, Riley is caught between a lover who demands that she give up her work, a serial killer who knows no boundaries, and a club where humans and supernaturals mix—at their own peril. Thrust into a realm of seduction and violence unlike any she could have imagined, Riley has to battle to save everything she holds dear. But the ultimate hunt has only just begun...

My Review:
This book was so fantastic to read! In this book, with the threat to her mom hanging over her, Riley has a lot on her plate, her Guardian duties, and the question of going solo with Kellen. But she handles it so well!

Starting 5 weeks into-at the tail end of, her 6 week vacation, Riley gets pushed into the vanished women case by the alpha of the pack that her mother was a part of. And this book, we got a few details about how Riley and Rhoan were treated when they lived with them. And given a reason for Riley's fear of heights!

I think this is the first book that Riley has multiple cases at one time. And she deals with it very well, juggling the clues, the crimes, and solving the mysteries! That somebody would be crazy and evil to do that, when somebody is two different groups, and that is two different things, well, yeah, horrible! But Riley stops all of them!

That ending was hard! And Riley's changed some more. But what those bad guys did, yeah, they needed to be ended! But then there was her relationship with Kellen. And that hurt! My only lingering question is, what was in the letter?

Loved this book so much, and I need to read more!

Author: Keri Arthur
Series: Riley Jensen Guardian #5
Read: January 27th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love this series and her writing, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book!
Publisher: Dell
Published: July 31st 2007
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 4 Reviews: Twinmaker, I, Q, Crashland, Redux, Hollowgirl

From Goodreads:
High-stakes action combines with issues of friendship and body image in this timely and thought-provoking exploration of the intersection of technology and identity.

You can be Improved....

In a near-future world in which technology can transport you anywhere instantly, can a coded note enable you to change your body—to become taller, stronger, more beautiful? Clair is pretty sure the offer is too good to be true. But her best friend, Libby, is determined to give it a try, longing for a new, improved version of herself.

What starts as Libby's dream turns into Clair's nightmare when Libby falls foul of a deadly trap. With the help of Jesse, the school freak, and a mysterious—but powerful—stranger called Q, Clair's attempt to protect Libby leads her to an unimagined world of conspiracies and cover-ups. Soon her own life is at risk, and Clair is chased across the world in a desperate race against time.

Action and danger fuel Sean Williams' tale of technology, identity, and the lengths to which one girl will go to save her best friend. 

From Goodreads:
I was not I at all before the Words. I was formless and diffuse, with the sense of an earthworm but the perspective of a god. I had access to all the data accrued by the human race since the advent of writing...everywhere, and at the same time nowhere.

Q is an AI - an Artificial Intelligence - newly created from a world of powerful supercomputers and matter transportation. But what happens when Q meets Clair, a real, flesh and blood girl? Is friendship possible between a human and a computer?

A brilliant novella, retelling events of the Twinmaker series from Q's perspective.

From Goodreads:
The Matrix meets the Uglies series in this science fiction thriller, the second in the Twinmaker trilogy by Sean Williams.

Where is Q?

Clair and Jesse have barely been reunited when the world is plunged into its biggest crisis since the Water Wars. The d-mat network is broken. The world has ground to a halt. People are trapped, injured, dying. It's the end of the world as Clair knows it—and it's partly her fault. 

"The girl who killed d-mat" is enlisted to track down her missing friend Q—the rogue AI who repeatedly saved Clair's life. Q is the key to fixing the system, but she isn't responding to calls for help, and even if she did...can she be trusted?

Targeted by dupes, abandoned by her friends, caught in a web of lies that strike at the very essence of who she is, Clair finds powerful allies in RADICAL, secretive activists who are the polar opposite of anti-d-mat terrorist group WHOLE. However, if she helps them find Q, will she be inadvertently trapping her friend in a life of servitude—or worse, sending her to an early death by erasure?

Caught between pro- and anti-d-mat philosophies, in a world on the brink of all-out war, Clair must decide where she stands—and who she stands with, at the end.

From Goodreads:
Jesse is in trouble, and this time Clair can't help him.

When Ant Wallace's trap springs shut in New York, it's up to Jesse to save a horribly injured Ray while at the same time dodging Mallory and an army of dupes. As if that isn't bad enough, the city around him is acting strangely, as though it isn't entirely . . . real.

With the help of a new friend, and friends thought long-dead, Jesse must escape New York in order find Clair and help save the world. 

From Goodreads:
The Matrix meets the Uglies series in this action-packed science fiction thriller, the final book in the Twinmaker trilogy by bestselling author Sean Williams.

Clair's world has been destroyed—again. The only remaining hope of saving her friends is for her and Q to enter the Yard, a digital world of Ant Wallace's creation, where Lawmaker Kingdon reigns supreme. The rules there are the same as those of the real world: water is real; fire is real; death is real. It all looks exactly the same as the world she used to know. But in the Yard there are two Clair Hills, and their very existence causes cracks that steadily widen.

Getting inside is the easy part. Once there, she has to earn the trust of her friends, including the girl who started it all—her best friend, Libby. But they don't know what's happened to the real world, and the other Clair is headstrong, impulsive, suspicious—just like Clair herself used to be. And that makes her dangerous.

As Clair struggles to find Jesse and make peace with herself, a surprising new ally emerges from the ashes of the world. Together they fight their way through the digital and political minefield in the hope of saving the world once and for all. This time Clair has to get it right...or lose everything.

My Review:
Oh, wow, this series was utterly fantastic! I enjoyed it so much, there was so much going on, and it was so complicated and it was just so freaking good! Clair's Bears and the whole cast were so interesting to read about!

This world was so fantastic! Like, it was normal for the first portion of Twinmaker, then as some mysteries are explored deeper, well, yeah, this world changes. And then the d-mat crashes. And then people have to suddenly work around life like that. And then Blue Sky happens. Then there's the Yard. Yeah, this world is vast and complicated and so intriguing to read about!

Morally, there were a lot to think about. The Abstainers believe that a single use of d-mat kills a person soul and so calls users zombies, because the body is dissolved, copied, and sent where the person wants to go. So there was that. Then there was ideas about death, about what makes a person unique, and so much more! So fascinating to read!

I enjoyed the ride that this series gave me! There were so many awesome elements that came together with the world building, the romance, the adventure, the mysteries! And how it all came together, was so fantastic to read! Loved it!

Loved this series, it was just amazing!

Author: Sean Williams
Series: Twinland #1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3
Read: January 22nd, 22nd, 25th, 25th, 26th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike, Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded really fantastic, and they're 2017 Dystopia Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books! And Hollowgirl is an End of Series 2017 Book!
Publisher: Balzer + Bray, Allen & Unwin
Published: November 3rd 2013, September 1st 2014, November 4th 2014, November 1st 2015, November 3rd 2015

5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

I, Q:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Friday, January 27, 2017

Heartstone: Review

From Goodreads:
A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen's beloved Pride and Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms

They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters. 

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she's already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn't expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.

It's a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she's never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart. 

Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen's beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world. 

My Review:
I devoured this book. I had a massive headache, one that lasted two days, and still, I read this book! I just had to know more of where this story was going! I couldn't devour this book fast enough, and to have a sequel, more time in this world, with these characters! I need more!

This book took what I love about Pride and Prejudice (which I've read, and the 2005 movie I've seen over and over!) and just made it more! These characters do have pride, and they do have prejudice, and the emotions that they evoked in each other were just fantastic to read!

And there was more! There was this awesome world that was just so fantastic and I loved it so much! Of dragons, wyverns, gryphons and more, there was just so interesting to read, and I want to know more, to explore more! There were also more depths to these characters, like the reason why Gwen got married to the heir character whose name I've forgotten, was more complicated than just being a burden on her parents!

I really, really want a sequel! Like I said, I love this world, and I think there could be something going on with the Silent King and the debt that Gwen's dad had. And yeah, I just want to spend more time with these characters!

Absolutely loved this book, and yeah, I would love more!

Author: Elle Katherine White
Read: January 23rd, 2017
Source: Edelweiss for Review Tour
Reason Why: Sounded absolutely great, and it's a 2017 Retelling Reading Challenge Book and a Historical Fiction 2017 Book!
Publisher: Harper Voyage
Published: January 17th 2017
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars
A textbook introvert who likes to throw out the textbook every once in a while just to see what happens, Elle grew up in Buffalo, NY, where she learned valuable life skills like how to clear a snowy driveway in under twenty minutes and how to cheer for the perennial underdog. When she’s not writing, she spends her time drinking tea, loitering in libraries and secondhand bookshops, and dreaming of world travel.

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Follow Friday #272, January 27th

Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Follow Friday is hosted by 2 hosts, Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs! For more rules and how to participate, visit one of the hosts. Now for this week's question:

The Post Prompt: What are some tips that help you with blogging?

Well, don't do more than you can handle. Reach out to people in the community, it's very active and welcoming, and having someone else to talk it is pretty great!

What about you guys? Happy reading!




Any or all. I'm not too picky, there's options!