Books Released This Week: January 29 – February 4 2018

A lot of releases this week! I’m super into Reign of the Earth, it sounds like a super intriguing high fantasy. And I know a lot of people are excited for Marissa Meyer’s Wires and Nerves and Melissa Albert’s The Hazelwood. Let me know what you’re anticipating this week in the comments!

The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane
Published January 30, 2018 by Skyscape

For Clementine Haas, finding herself is more than a nice idea. Ever since she woke up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia, self-discovery has become her mission.

They tell her she’s the lone survivor of a plane crash. They tell her she’s lucky to be alive. But she doesn’t feel lucky. She feels…lost.

With the relentless Irish press bearing down on her, and a father she may not even recognize on his way from America to take her home, Clementine assumes a new identity and enlists a blue-eyed Irish stranger, Kieran O’Connell, to help her escape her forgotten life…and start a new one.

Hiding out in the sleepy town of Waterville, Ireland, Clementine discovers there’s an upside to a life that’s fallen apart. But as her lies grow, so does her affection for Kieran, and the truth about her identity becomes harder and harder to reveal, forcing Clementine to decide: Can she leave her past behind for a new love she’ll never forget?

Reign the Earth (The Elementae #1) by A.C. Gaughen
Published January 30, 2018 by Bloomsbury

Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.

This Is Not A Love Letter by Kim Purce
Published January 30, 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

One week. That’s all Jessie said. A one-week break to get some perspective before graduation, before she and her boyfriend, Chris, would have to make all the big, scary decisions about their future–decisions they had been fighting about for weeks.

Then, Chris vanishes. The police think he’s run away, but Jessie doesn’t believe it. Chris is popular and good-looking, about to head off to college on a full-ride baseball scholarship. And he disappeared while going for a run along the river–the same place where some boys from the rival high school beat him up just three weeks ago. Chris is one of the only black kids in a depressed paper mill town, and Jessie is terrified of what might have happened.

As the police are spurred to reluctant action, Jessie speaks up about the harassment Chris kept quiet about and the danger he could be in. But there are people in Jessie’s town who don’t like the story she tells, who are infuriated by the idea that a boy like Chris would be a target of violence. They smear Chris’s character and Jessie begins receiving frightening threats.

Every Friday since they started dating, Chris has written Jessie a love letter. Now Jessie is writing Chris a letter of her own to tell him everything that’s happening while he’s gone. As Jessie searches for answers, she must face her fears, her guilt, and a past more complicated than she would like to admit. Continue reading


True Storm Cover Reveal!

The third and final book in the True Born trilogy is almost out and I get to help reveal the cover! I’m so excited about this. I don’t know if you’ve heard of the True Born books, but you should definitely go pick them up. This series in amazingly unique dystopian sci-fi blend, and like nothing I’ve ever read. And not to mention the covers are GORGEOUS, which makes the anticipation for the final cover even higher.

You can check out my review of True Born and True North here and here, and I’ll give you a little summary of the first book below before revealing the BEAUTIFUL COVER OF THE THIRD AND FINAL BOOK. Let me know what you think of the series (and its covers) in the comments!

True Born Goodreads summary:

Welcome to Dominion City.

After the great Plague descended, the world population was decimated…and their genetics damaged beyond repair.

The Lasters wait hopelessly for their genes to self-destruct. The Splicers pay for expensive treatments that might prolong their life. The plague-resistant True Borns are as mysterious as they are feared…

And then there’s Lucy Fox and her identical twin sister, Margot. After endless tests, no one wants to reveal what they are.

When Margot disappears, a desperate Lucy has no choice but to put her faith in the True Borns, led by the charismatic Nolan Storm and the beautiful but deadly Jared Price. As Lucy and the True Borns set out to rescue her sister, they stumble upon a vast conspiracy stretching from Dominion’s street preachers to shady Russian tycoons. But why target the Fox sisters?

As they say in Dominion, it’s in the blood.

and now the reveal of the cover for True Storm (True Born Trilogy, #3) by L.E. Sterling, which releases May 1, 2018…

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Monday Motivation: An Ember in the Ashes

Hey everyone! As you may have noticed I️ was on a bit of a mini hiatus the last one or two weeks. But as of yesterday (and today) I’m back at it, which I’m definitely going to need some motivation for. This quote is from Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes. Let me know what you need motivation for this week in the comments.

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.”

Blogging Update: Back from a Mini Hiatus

Hey ya’ll. As you may have noticed I’ve been kinda of MIA this past week or so—both when it came to posting on here as well as reading all of your posts and commenting. I was partially sick and just partially exhausted/overwhelmed from work and just life in general so I ended up taking a little hiatus.

But, I’m hoping to be back around the blogosphere this week and if everything goes okay this week I’ll be keeping up with everything.

I hate falling behind on posting and dropping off from the community. It definitely kind of stresses me out. But over my two-ish years blogging I’ve learned that sometimes it’s necessary, especially so this blog and all of you don’t become a chore. I want to enjoy reading, writing, and posting and I want it to stay that way.

Let me know what you’ve been up to this past week while I’ve been MIA in the comments!

Books Released This Week: January 22 – 28 2018

I am super into all the releases this week. Check them out below!

Markswoman (Asiana #1) by Rati Mehrotra
Published January 23, 2018 by Harper Voyager

Kyra is the youngest Markswoman in the Order of Kali, a highly trained sisterhood of elite warriors armed with telepathic blades. Guided by a strict code of conduct, Kyra and the other Orders are sworn to protect the people of Asiana. But to be a Markswoman, an acolyte must repudiate her former life completely. Kyra has pledged to do so, yet she secretly harbors a fierce desire to avenge her dead family.

When Kyra’s beloved mentor dies in mysterious circumstances, and Tamsyn, the powerful, dangerous Mistress of Mental Arts, assumes control of the Order, Kyra is forced on the run. Using one of the strange Transport Hubs that are remnants of Asiana’s long-lost past, she finds herself in the unforgiving wilderness of desert that is home to the Order of Khur, the only Order composed of men. Among them is Rustan, a young, disillusioned Marksman whom she soon befriends.

Kyra is certain that Tamsyn committed murder in a twisted bid for power, but she has no proof. And if she fails to find it, fails in her quest to keep her beloved Order from following Tamsyn down a dark path, it could spell the beginning of the end for Kyra–and for Asiana.

But what she doesn’t realize is that the line between justice and vengeance is razor thin . . . thin as the blade of a knife.

Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen #1) by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Published January 23, 2018 by Razorbill

Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Published January 23, 2018 by Swoon Reads

Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting–working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual). Alice is done with dating–no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.

But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).

When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.

let me know your most anticipated release this week in the comments!

Top 5 Wednesday: Forgettable Books

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is top five forgettable books—whether you loved them or hated them at the time, these are the books you just really don’t remember. Let me know your top five in the comments!


1. Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

I gave this book three-and-a-half stars when I read it back in July—less than a year—but I don’t remember much about it, nor do I mention it a lot on here simply because it’s a forgettable book. There’s something with magic, this girl destroys everything, a plot to overthrow the king by his brother, things like that but really I don’t ever think about it. You can check out my review here.

2. Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill

This was a cute contemporary, but flat to me in comparison to others. If you asked me for a Lauren Morrill book this wouldn’t be the first one I come up with (even though I think it’s her most recent). Continue reading

Books Released This Week: January 15 – 21 2018

Hey y’all! We have seven great new releases this week. I’m particularly interested in Love, Hate & Other Filters as well as Zenith. That and there’s a lot of series that have new books coming out. Let me know your most anticipated release in the comments!

Poison’s Cage (Poison’s Kiss #2) by Breeana Shields
Published January 16, 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers

A single kiss could kill. A single secret could save the kingdom.

Iyla and Marinda have killed many men together: Iyla as the seductress, Marinda as the final, poisonous kiss. Now they understand who the real enemy is—the Snake King—and together they can take him down. Both girls have felt as though they were living a lie in the past, so moving into the King’s palace and pretending to serve him isn’t as difficult as it sounds. But when you’re a spy, even secrets between friends are dangerous. And each girl has something—or someone—to lose. Does every secret, every lie, bring them closer to the truth or . . . to a trap?

You Won’t Know I’m Gone (The Black Angel Chronicles #2) by Kristen Orlando
Published January 16, 2018 by Swoon Reads

Going rogue in an effort to rescue her kidnapped parents has cost Reagan Hillis her automatic ticket to the Training Academy. But becoming a Black Angel is the only way Reagan will be able to exact revenge on her mother’s merciless killer, Santino Torres.

When Reagan is given a chance to prove that she’s worthy of training to be a Black Angel, she also gets the first chance she’s ever had to be her true self. No aliases. No disguises.

But when her friend Luke joins her at the Black Angels training compound, Reagan finds herself once again torn between the person she was and the person she wants to be. Reagan has to prove that she’s as good as her parents trained her to be, because she’ll never find Torres without the Black Angels’ help.

Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1) by Maureen Johnson
Published January 16, 2018 by HarperCollins

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.  Continue reading

Review: Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince

Title: The Cruel Prince
Series: The Folk of the Air
Author: Holly Black
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018
Pages: 384
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The moment I even heard about this book last year I was hooked. I loved the ACOTAR series and was looking for more books with fae/faeries and this sounded absolutely perfect—human heroine, kind of jerkish male character, and dangerous but beautiful fae world.

I knew I wanted to read it, but I wasn’t in a huge rush—that was until I saw everyone else posting and gushing about it AS SOON AS it was released. So what did I do? Ordered it on Amazon like the day after it was published.

I’ve been doing some NA guilty pleasure reading on my kindle, but The Cruel Prince was the first real physical book I picked up this year. And I’m so glad it was, because it is absolutely fabulous, a five star read to help kick off 2018.

Jude is 100% human, born in our modern-day world. But when she was just a young girl her parents were murdered by Madoc, the fae that used to be her mother’s husband before she ran away from him back into the mortal world. Her and her sisters—one half fae and the daughter of Madoc—are then taken by him and raised on his royal lands in the world of Faerie. Continue reading