Waiting on Wednesday: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Title: Wicked Saints
Author: Emily A. Duncan
Publication date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Gothic

Synopsis

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. 

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

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Everything about this synopsis screams “READ ME!”
I am so ready for a Gothic book with a fierce female character. 

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Blog Tour: Raves & Craves of Anna and the Apocalypse by Katharine Turner and Barry Waldo

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Title:
 Anna and the Apocalypse
Author:  Katharine Turner and Barry Waldo
Publisher: Imprint
Release Date: October 23, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Humor, Science Fiction

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Synopsis:

School’s out for the end of the world.

Anna and the Apocalypse is a horror comedy about a teenager who faces down a zombie apocalypse with a little help from her friends.

Anna Shepherd is a straight-A student with a lot going on under the surface: she’s struggling with her mom’s death, total friend drama, and the fallout from wasting her time on a very attractive boy. She’s looking forward to skipping town after graduation–but then a zombie apocalypse majorly disrupts the holidays season. It’s going to be very hard to graduate high school without a brain.

To save the day, Anna, her friends, and her frenemies will have to journey straight to the heart of one of the most dangerous places ever known, a place famous for its horror, terror, and pain…high school.

This novel is inspired by the musical feature film, Anna and the Apocalypse.


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Anna and the Apocalypse is a quick-paced story about a teenager named Anna whose whole world is turned upside down when a zombie apocalypse occurs just a few days before Christmas. Throughout the story, Anna’s sarcastic and dark sense humor provides laugh out loud moments as she and her friends kill zombies and try to stay alive. Mix in the angst of teenage drama with horror of the walking dead and TADA, you have Anna and the Apocalypse

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Peppermint Hot Cocoa

And what pairs well with a zombie apocalypse book set during Christmas? Of course, a nice cup of hot cocoa!

Ingredients:

  • Water or Milk (you choose)
  • Hot Cocoa Mix
  • Peppermint Extract or Syrup

Instructions:
Be sure to follow the instructions on your hot cocoa packet/tin. I always warm up my water in the microwave. Stir the cocoa mix into the hot water. Next, I add a few small drops of peppermint extract. And don’t hold back on topping your cocoa with whipped cream, marshmallows, or candy cane pieces. Enjoy!

Note: Thank you to Fierce Reads for providing me a final copy of this book to read and review for free in exchange of an honest review. All statements and opinions are my own. 

Waiting on Wednesday: The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Title: The Raven’s Tale
Author: Cat Winters
Publication date: April 16, 2019
Publisher: Amulet Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Gothic, Retelling

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appears to him. Muses are frightful creatures that lead Artists down a path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them. But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request: “Let them see me!”

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OMG…GIVE ME ALL THE EDGAR ALLAN POE RETELLINGS NOW! This book sounds fantastic and just what I need for my Poe-loving heart. 

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books with Magic

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Bionic Book Worm

Today’s topic: Top 5 Books with Magic

Feel free to click on the photograph to be linked to the book’s/series’ Goodread’s page.

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What are your top books with magic?

If It’s Not a Rant, It’s a Rave: The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

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Title:
 The Prince and the Dressmaker
Author:  Jen Wang
Publisher: First Second
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, LGBT, Historical

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Synopsis:

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.


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The Prince and the Dressmaker
is a heartwarming graphic novel about hope and being yourself. I didn’t know what to expect from this book but I am so glad I read it. The positive message to be proud and happy with who you are and always shoot for your dreams will make your heart ache (in a good way). I loved watching the dynamics grow between Sebastian and his dressmaker Frances, the two main characters. Their friendship is so adorable and heartwarming. Additionally, 
the illustrations in The Prince and the Dressmaker are so gorgeous and match perfectly with the style of the Sebastian’s alter ego, Lady Crystallia, a true fashionista. Definitely give this graphic novel a read for both the colorful illustrations and the cute, positive story. 

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Note: Thank you to First Second for providing me an ARC to read and review for free in exchange of an honest review. All statements and opinions are my own. 

If It’s Not A Rant, It’s a Rave: Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1 by Ngozi Ukazu

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Title:
 Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1
Author:  Ngozi Ukazu
Publisher: First Second
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, LGBT, Sports

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Synopsis:

Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!

Y’all… I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.

A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.


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AHHH! I highly enjoyed Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1. It’s cute and swoony and funny. Bitty, the main character, has the most honest and sweetest personality. I love how positive Bitty is, and I really enjoyed him talking directly to his vlogging audience (us the readers) with updates on his life, cooking adventures, and friends.

Through each page, Bitty provides the most joyful and welcoming commentary on his college experiences, what it’s like to go from a figure skater to joining a hockey team, and creating new friends who he is very hesitant to tell that he is gay. Bitty’s personality is engaging and his story is like a welcoming warm hug.

Definitely give this graphic novel a read if you love to laugh and swoon and eat pie…YUM. 

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Note: Thank you to First Second for providing me an ARC to read and review for free in exchange of an honest review. All statements and opinions are my own. 

NERD BLAST & GIVEAWAY: The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck

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Title: The Lantern’s Ember
Author: Colleen Houck

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: September 11, 2018
Genres:
Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance 

SYNOPSIS

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.

Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back whereshe belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.

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Praise for THE LANTERN’S EMBER

“[Houck] offers a fresh spin on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow…with some genuine surprises in store.” —Kirkus

“A wild and seductive adventure…a must-have for YA collections.” —SLJ  


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Title: King of Scars
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publication date: January 29, 2019
Publisher: Imprint
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

I NEED IT!

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I am a huge Shadow and Bone trilogy/GrishaVerse fan,
and I cannot wait to see more of Nikolai. 

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books that didn’t live up to the hype

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Bionic Book Worm

Today’s topic: Top 5 books that didn’t live up to the hype

Below are 5 books I was really excited to read this year, but for me, they just didn’t live up to the hype. Feel free to click on the banner to be linked to my review to see why.

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What books didn’t live up to the hype for you?