Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney

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Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney

Published: February 14th 2017 by Clean Reads Publishing

The end of an Empire, The rise of a Queen

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory’s arrival she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne. 

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows

Note: Received a review copy of this book via Rockstar Book Tours. This in no way influences my opinion.

After reading that blurb, I was definitely looking forward to reading this book. However, the book was found lacking and I actually ended up DNFing it! I felt so bored reading this book and I felt so detached from everything that was happening.

From the very first page, we are literally thrown into this world that we know nothing about. There are issues we know nothing about and I feel like there is very little context or world building provided before we are being forced into this rebellion. I was unconvinced and I just did not enjoy it because I spent half my time trying to figure out what was even going on!

Another issues I had with this book was the POV’s. I really enjoy multiple POVs when it is done right, however, the voices here constantly blended together and I found myself actually having to go back and see who’s perspective I was reading from. There was no individuality and I was really disappointed.

Another issue I had with this book was the way in which this story was being told. I felt like it was very much telling me what happened rather than showing me. It was extremely choppy and I think this definitely contributed to my issues trying to actually get into this book.

All in all, I was pretty disappointed with this book. I really did try to get into it, but it just wasn’t my kind of thing! I was expecting something really great as well, because the reviews on Goodreads are pretty good! I do, however, love the cover! I gave this book 1/5 stars.

Waiting on Wednesday

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Hey guys! This weeks pick is a recent find and it sounds so fun! I absolutely cannot wait for its release later this year!

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Expected Publication: November 7th 2017 by HarperTeen

On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn’t.

And then she died.

Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . .

I love A Christmas Carol, so I cannot wait to see what the author has done with this story!

Top Ten Tuesday

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Hey guys! It is time for another TTT! This weeks topic is top ten books I liked/disliked more than I thought I would. I decided to go with book that I liked more than I thought I would! Without further ado and in no particular order…

10.forbidden Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma – If you read the blurb… I think most people automatically go NOPE based purely on the subject matter. However, I had heard some amazing things about this book, and I went into thinking that they can’t even be remotely right because…incest?!? However, this book broke me and my poor little feelings in all the right places and I would definitely recommend it!

9. rites of passage Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley – I really detest this cover and it is a book that I really would never have even considered if I hadn’t seen a glowing review first. I still went into this book thinking I wasn’t going to get along with it and I absolutely loved it!

8. only ever yours Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill – I was expecting to like this book, but I was not expecting it to blow me away the way that it did! I was left speechless and I had no idea how to even form words – let alone write a review!

7. Dangerous Girls Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas – Anyone who knows me knows that I love myself a good whodunnit. I think this one is absolutely my favourite and I think after everything that happened and the feelings etc. If you’ve read it, you’ll understand – I loved this book more than I ever thought I would!

6. follow-me-back Follow me Back by A. V. Geiger – Admittedly, I finished reading this on Saturday… I went into this book with the usual expectations of a book of this nature… but I was left reeling by the end and I just NEED THE SEQUEL!

5. pretty-wicked Pretty Wicked by Kelly Charron – I actually lowered my expectations for this one because it’s really difficult to get the perspective right from which this book is written – and usually it’s done completely wrong! However, I was absolutely blown away by this and I can’t wait to read more from this author!

4. this is where it ends This is Where it Ends by Marieke Niejkamp – I am always on the search for books of this nature, however, half the time, I’m left disappointed. This book, however, exceeded my expectations and I cried for so long afterward!

3. spelled Spelled by Betsy Schow – I have definitely read my fair share of Fairytale retellings, so I wasn’t expecting much different from this book. However, my poor ribs!!! I’m pretty sure I cracked one laughing!

2. everlasting-flame Everlasting Flame by Katelyn Anderson – I went into this expecting to like it because the blurb has everything I look for. However, Joan and Dane definitely have a special place inside of me and I could re read this 1,000 times over and never get bored!

1. the girl with all the gifts The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey – I was unsure about zombies in this. I doubted how well it could be portrayed considering all of the zombie films/ programmes there are out there. However, the way in which this is written etc. was absolutely amazing!

That’s it! I loved all of these books more than I was really expecting to and I am so glad that I picked these up! Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them?

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted here. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back here and link up with the inlinz below so I can see which books you guys picked!

Hey guys! So, I was scrolling through my TBR books on Goodreads and I found this weeks book! It is actually one that I completely forgot about and I can’t even remember adding it to the TBR! In short, it got buried alive! I absolutely love the cover and, after reading the blurb again, it sounds really interesting!

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Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Published: October 4th 2011 by HarperTeen

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Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she’s surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

This sounds really interesting and I am glad that I managed to dig through my TBR and find it again! Also, I absolutely love that blue on the cover!

Follow Me Back by A. V. Geiger

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Follow Me Back by A. V. Geiger

Expected Publication: June 6th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

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Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts.

Note: I received an ARC copy of this book through Netgalley. This in no way influences my opinion.

Well, excuse me whilst I try and go and sort out my life! This book blew my mind out of the water and I still cannot even begin to get over that ending!! I constantly felt compelled to read on because I just needed to know what had happened… in a sense, and what was going to happen. I had a hunch what was going to happen, and I was right… but not entirely right and I love that!

I think on of my favourite things about this book (apart from the ending which we will get to in a minute) was the way in which the story was told! It was told through Tweets, DMs and police transcripts. I think the police transcripts definitely helped to keep an air of mystery surrounding the whole book and it kept me reading on! I also loved the way it used Twitter as a source because of how heavily Twitter is used by the celebs – which is what this book is all about!

I will admit, Twitter has officially creeped me out just a little bit! I love the way it focused on the fans of a major celebrity and the celebrity himself. It definitely gave an insight into just how crazy some fans can actually be and just how far they will go to get what they want from a certain celeb. I think it was also a good idea to show it from the other side of the coin in the sense that, we all assume that celebs are exactly where they want to be. What of that isn’t entirely true, but we’re too busy fangirling to notice? I’m kind of glad that I’m not a celeb considering the things that happened in this book!

I also really liked the fact that there was no insta love in this book. It followed the development of the relationship between Eric and Tessa and how it grew into what it became. I think the book definitely focused on quite a few important issues – Catfishing being one of them – which I think is definitely unique because there is not a lot of focus on that in YA books.

Ok, I can’t go any further without mentioning THAT FRICKIN’ ENDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean… I’m still reeling! The plot twist is on the same level as Dangerous Girls and it literally came on the very last page! I re read it more than once just to check that I wasn’t reading wrong or something! I can’t say too much because I absolutely do not want to give the game away – but I don’t think that what we read is entirely what happened… even if thats the way the author wants to lead us! I have other theories about what has happened… but I obviously can’t go into that!

I do think that the focus could have been less on the romance and more on the issue with the murder at the hands of the fan! I would definitely have loved to know more about the case and everything that happened! Also, I want to know more about @MET, because I have a hunch where that twitter user is concerned!

All in all, I absolutely loved this film and I don’t know how I am going to wait until next year for the sequel! This is definitely a must read and I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Published: September 27th 2016 by Orion Children’s Books

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Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off the most daring heist imaginable.
But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re fighting for their lives. 
Double-crossed and badly weakened, they’re low on resources, allies and hope.
While a war rages on the city’s streets, the team’s fragile loyalties are stretched to breaking point. 
Kaz and his crew will have to make sure they’re on the winning side… no matter what the cost.

After finishing Six of Crows, I absolutely HAD to read Crooked Kingdom! I needed more from the world and the characters – especially after the ending of the first books! I absolutely loved this instalment and I am actually really sad that this is only a duology!

This book started basically where the previous left off. You could definitely feel the tension in all of the characters after the ending of the previous book and the predicament they were left in! I feel like it was extremely convincing and I could feel everything the characters were feeling! I loved each and every single voice and I had absolutely no troubles remembering which character I was reading at the time because every character had their own, distinguishable voice.

I was so happy about getting our Wylan voice in there! I felt like his voice was missing in the first book and I am so glad that we managed to see more of him and things from his perspective in this instalment. I was slightly upset that we didn’t get as much Kaz time as I hoped! His chapters were a little lacking, which I think is a shame because he was one of my favourite characters in the book. I absolutely love the way his beautiful brain works and I would have loved to have seen more of it!

The plot definitely kept up with the character development. It kept me on my toes and the pages turning to see what crazy thing was going to happen next!! I described the first book as the Italian Job being run by Captain Jack Sparrow and this book was basically Captain Jack Sparrow doing his thing and picking up the pieces of the previous book! I loved the way Kaz’s plans were brought to life and the way he altered them if necessary – Scheming Face!

THE THING!!! OMG THE THING!!!! I just was absolutely not expecting it and I was actually so emotional about it! It was not supposed to happen and I just… ugh. I don’t want to even think about it right now…

I definitely feel like this book was left open ended – in which the author could definitely revisit this world and any one of the characters and wouldn’t feel forced in anyway. I would love to see Bardugo revisit this world and the characters and for them to come back together and do something crazy!

Can I just mention that I definitely ship the ships! Especially the ship that never sailed – but ended with so much potential for the future! I would love to go back and revisit them in the future and see them together because I definitely feel like they deserve it! Also, the other major ship that happened was so. frickin’. ADORABLE!!! I just wanted to adopt them both! (omitting the names of the ships here because I don’t want to spoil anyone!)

All in all, I adored this book and I would be more than happy to revisit this world again and the characters. I am so upset that it has ended! I gave this book 5/5 stars.

Cover Reveal

Hey guys!! I have a cover reveal for you today! The author approached me and asked if I would be willing to feature this on my blog and after looking at the cover and reading the blurb – I obviously said yes! I do really like the cover and I am looking forward to reading this book myself! Without further ado…

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Frozen Flame by Lara Whatley

Expected Publication: June 1st 2017 by Eagle and Child Books

Lexi would give anything to have those minutes back—the minutes when she’d stood inside the fence, waiting for the clock to tick down on that stupid dare. If she hadn’t stayed—hadn’t gone in the first place—she wouldn’t be in this mess.

But she had, and she was. And now things were different.

Very, very different.

When you wake up one day with a whole range of new abilities, life gets interesting quick. You can fly. And disappear. And shoot deadly flames from your finger tips. Suddenly, being an orphan who’s forced to live at your high school seems like no big deal. Now your biggest worry is that people have started to notice. And they won’t seem to leave you alone.

For Lexi, navigating this new world is no easy task. Can she control her abilities? Whom can she trust? And will she ever be “normal” again?

Isn’t it just so pretty!! Also, it sounds really amazing! Below is some more information about the author:

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Born and raised in the rolling horse country of southern Ontario, Lara Whatley has always had a passion for reading. As soon as she could, she was writing short stories, and then her first novel. She published her debut novel in 2014, and is continuing to pursue her passion. When not writing or reading, Lara can be found in the great outdoors with her two dogs and imagination.

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Published February 7th 2017 by HarperTeen

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In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

I just want to start off by mentioning that I have been waiting for this book for AGES!! I was one of the people that really enjoyed Glass Sword (despite the mixed opinions), so I was really stoked for this book! I had my hopes for this book and, some of them were met, whilst others were just shot down… painfully so! This book did have a couple of issues, but I really enjoyed myself whilst reading!

This book basically starts off where the previous one ends. Mare is stuck in the clutches of Maven (by the way, I should mention here and now that I am a #TeamMaven fan right here… even after this book!!). What I did love about this book was the fact that we got multiple POV’s instead of just Mare’s – this way we could see what was going on with Mare in the castle and what was happening back with the Scarlet Guard. I really enjoyed the switch back and forth and I found it really easy to keep up with who I was reading at any one time.

So, I was hoping for some more Maven time in this book because we received very little of him in the previous one – only from a distance. I wanted to see more of him and what made him tick – I personally don’t believe he is inherently evil and I think there is definitely some form of redemption in there somewhere! I loved the relationship between Mare and Maven because it is so twisty and turny and you have no idea what is going to happen next! I really enjoyed the way that Mare brought a side of Maven into the light, which we would never normally get to see because he likes to keep himself closed off! I actually felt really sorry for him in certain parts … can I adopt him? I also liked MAre’s indecision with him because she says that she hates him, but finds herself feeling other feelings for him in certain parts.

I also really enjoyed Mare’s development as a character. I definitely think that she should not have been subjected to what she was, but at the same time, it changed her in certain ways for the better! Especially when it came to her other relationships with members in the Scarlet Guard – they improved after her ordeal and I think that is definitely going to be an interesting factor going forward! I feel like it also made her more likeable as a character herself? I could feel myself empathising with her throughout most of the book!

I was getting pretty annoyed through some of the book because my ship was sinking faster than the titanic!! I don’t want to say too much because of spoilers etc. But I really didn’t feel the connection between Cal and Mare (and I haven’t since they first started their rendezvous right at the very beginning) and I just wanted to smack both of them! I do, however, still have really high hope for my ship and I think something will happen to make it work!

As I mentioned before, I really enjoyed the POV change in this book. I feel like Cameron’s voice was a great choice because she remains unbiased when it comes to Mare’s situation and it made for an interesting read. I loved getting inside of her head and watching the events unfold from her perspective! I was also really surprised with the couple of chapters from Evangeline’s perspective. I actually really disliked her as a character throughout because she seemed really cold and heartless… but then we started reading things from her perspective, and some of her actions redeemed her in some ways, even if she is still horrid sometimes! I can understand why and how she justifies what she does!

Can we just mention that really bittersweet ending? I mean, I am kind of glad that it happened because of reasons (which you will understand if you have read both the book and the other parts of this review), but at the same time I am really excited about what is going to happen next! Especially because they revealed what they are planning on doing and I am kind of intrigued to see who does what first…

I do have to say, though, that considering this is a published book – there were quite a few typos and it actually really bugged me! It would have been ok if it was just one or two, but they cropped up a lot throughout the book and I feel like this could have definitely gone through another round of proof reading!

All in all, I really enjoyed this book! I definitely cannot wait for the next instalment and I really hope there are less typo’s in it! I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Waiting on Wednesday

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Hey guys! It is time for another WoW and this weeks pick for me is one that I am EXTREMELY excited for. I am so stoked for this book and I just need to get my little mits on it right now!

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Expected Publication: May 2nd 2017 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

I NEED IT RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am literally so excited and I just want to watch Feyre destroy the Spring court from the inside… and I need more of the ship and I just… ugh! Needs…

Top Ten Tuesday

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Hey guys! First of all, happy valentines day to everyone who celebrates it! I hope you all have an amazing day with loves, both old and new! This weeks TTT is sticking to the theme of valentines with the theme of romance tropes! There are so many things you can do with this, but I am going to go with my top ten ships! I love reading books with the right ships with slow burning romances and I want to share my favourite ships with you guys this week! There may be a couple of ships in there that either sunk or are still not so clear because the series is still going! So, in no particular order…

10. ACOMAF Feyre and Rhysand – I think that Rhys is completely dreamy and I absolutely love the relationship that Feyre and Rhys have and I am SO looking forward to seeing more of them in May

9. img_2035 All of the ships in Six of Crows, but especially Kaz and Inej – So, I totally shippity ship all of our tropes in this book, but my major ship is Inej and Kaz because I feel like they deserve it the most after everything they have been through in life and I feel like the deserve it most because of everything they still have to go through before they get there…

8. abovam Hugo and Diamond – I adored their relationship from the very beginning and it gets so much more intense in the second book! I absolutely cannot wait to see more of these two in the future!

7. Empire of Storms Aelin and Rowan – These two are one of my favourite ships of ever because of everything that happened! I also think that, after the ending, it completely cemented the ship in my mind!

6. img_1970 Henrietta and Blackwood – Ok, so, this ship hasn’t actually happened… but I have a really good feeling about it and it is the ship that I am on for this series… I am hoping it goes that way!

5. Red Queen Mare and Maven – I am actually currently reading King’s Cage (at the time of writing which is Sunday evening), and I have, and continue, to ship the idea of Maven and Mare. I definitely feel that there is room for redemption in there and I am hoping that my ship does not sink! #TeamMaven

4. shadow and bone Darkling and Alina – Ok, so this ship sunk. I rode the ship of hope the entire way through the book and I was really upset with the ending! I definitely feel like these two had a much better connection than the ship that was followed…

3. Splintered Alyssa and Morpheus – This was my favourite ship throughout this entire series! I was dissatisfied with how things were figured out at the end, but I am glad it sort of worked out!

2. Shatter Me Juliette and Warner – These two!! I was #TeamWarner from the very beginning and this is and will always remain one of my favourite ships!

1. the selection America and Maxon – I loved watching these two interacting and I did really enjoy the romance within this book – despite the mixed opinions!

What do you guys think of these ships? Do you agree with them or did you have different ships?