The Liebster Award

Say whaaaaaaaaaaat. So excited to have been nominated for the Liebster Award! So thank you Bella @ Bella Blogs Because Books for thinking of me. She’s got an awesome blog going. So everyone go visit her and give her some love.

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What is the Liebster award?

The Liebster Award is all about building out the book blogging community. Specifically, it’s a way to highlight newer blogs that don’t necessarily have a large following yet (less than 200). You get to discover hidden gems of blogs, make new book blog friends and learn more about the bloggers you already follow!

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their site on your blog
  2. Display the award on your blog
  3. Answer 10 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you
  4. Nominate 5-10 other bloggers for the award
  5. Create a new list of questions for your nominees to answer
  6. List these rules in your post
  7. Inform the people/blogs that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so they can learn about it

Questions

  1. What is your advice to people who want to start a book blog?

    Don’t stress yourself out. It’s a blog, not a job. So read when you want to, write when you want to and don’t get too caught up in the stats. I find that trying to set a schedule for posting makes things more difficult for me. So some weeks I’m posting multiple times a day, some weeks there’s nothing at all  and that’s okay. I would also suggest following a ton of other book blogs and being active about interacting with them. Part of the fun is geeking out on books together.

  2. What is your most read genre?

    I bounce back and forth between fantasy and contemporary novels lately. Especially since there are so many common themes within the genre, I feel like I need to alternate or else it can feel like I’m reading the same book again.

  3. What has been the most rewarding part about having a book blog?

    I’m reading so much more now. Not just to write about, but for my own enjoyment. I grew up reading every day and it was really hard to keep that up with college. It’s really nice to have that back in my life again.

  4. What would you like your readers to know about you that you haven’t mentioned before?

    Not necessarily something you guys need to know, but it is an interesting fact! When I’m not reading or eating or blogging, I basically live in the gym. I’m actually an amateur muay thai fighter. Reading is my go-to downtime activity when I don’t have to be training. I’m usually curled up with a book while I lay in bed icing my whole body and nursing various injuries hahaha.

  5. What is one book that really changed the way you look at things?

    The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. A lot of the books I read in high school made me think, but as a second generation asian american girl, this one hit home. It made me take a second look at my relationship with my own mother and re-evaluate my identity as a part of a larger family story.

  6. What is one book that you think is really important for everyone to read?

    I know they’re often dense or dull or hard to get through, but I do think classics are classics for a reason. Most of them, while I may not re-read them any time soon, are well worth the time. Lord of the Flies, Death of a Salesman and Fahrenheit 451 in particular were fantastic in my opinion.

  7. Is there any one specific book character that you really connected to?

    Aside from my dad, my family is all girls. It’s my mom, my two sisters and me. We had an old beat-up version of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott growing up. Over time, we all read it and ended up connecting to different characters. My oldest sister is Meg and my little one a mix of both Amy and Beth. For me, it has always been Jo. She was the first character I saw myself in and wanted to be like. Such an important book to me growing up. It showed all the different kinds of woman you could be – all of them strong and beautiful in their own right.

  1. What is your favorite quote from a book?

    I should start writing down quotes that I like…because I usually just stop, pause and think to myself, “Man, that’s a good line”. Then I move on and forget about it entirely hahahah.

  2. What is one book that made you laugh out loud?

    This is kind of a hard one for me. I don’t usually laugh out loud when I read…I cry though. I cry a lot. Laughing not so much. Not sure why.

  3. What is the book/series that got you into reading?

    I don’t think there was any one specific book. My parents read to me everyday from the moment I was born. Then when I started learning how to read, we would go to the library every weekend and I would pick out books I could read to me dad. As we go older, my sisters and I would have our own book clubs and talk for hours about what we had read that week. My mom also made me write book reports over summer vacations…which I hated at the time, but I guess wasn’t terrible. So I’ve really always been reading.

Nominations

Here are some of the blogs I follow that have less than 200 followers. They’re all fabulous folks with great posts about books and book related things.

Melanie @ Books are My Children

Wing Yee @ Bibliophilic Med Student

Swetlana and Sandra @ Reading Through The Nights

Nadwa @ Painfully Fictional

Savannah @ The Book Prophet

New Questions for Nominees:

  1. If you could live in any book universe, which would you pick?
  2. Assemble a team of literary badasses to help you fight off the zombie apocalypse. Who would you choose?
  3. Pick a book or character that most closely resembles you or your life.
  4. What is your favorite movie or TV show adaptation of a book?
  5. If you were to write a book about your life, which author would you want to write it?
  6. What is your favorite time and place to read?
  7. What is your favorite reading time snack?
  8. List 3 facts about yourself that are totally unrelated to books and blogging.
  9. What is your current and/or dream job?
  10. What is the best book you’ve read this year?

Feel free to answer these questions and link your post below even if I haven’t tagged you. I’m currently at work (shh!) so I can’t go through my follows and tag everyone. I’m really looking forward to reading all your responses!

As always, Happy Reading!

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February Book Reviews

Hi folks!

Happy March! This past month has been a great one for book blogging. While I didn’t get to finish nearly as many books as I would have liked, I’ve followed tons more blogs and have had a lot of fun doing book tags and making book friends.

But without further ado, here are my quick reviews for what I read in February!

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Read it? Do it now. 

In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving debut—called “mandatory reading” by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.
In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his over…

I have no idea why I put this book off for so damn long. Despite the rave reviews, I think some part of me always felt like it would let me down. It did not. This cast of characters is believable and lovable in a way that makes everything that happens so heart-wrenchingly tragic. I managed to stay spoiler-free until now and found myself genuinely intrigued by every twist and turn. Reading this book is like watching a runaway train. You know it’s going to end in disaster, but you can’t look away and every bit of you is reaching out to try and save it. Easily one of my favorite reads in a long time.

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Read it? Give it a try.

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .
Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

There was so much hype around this book and its release. While I wasn’t mind-blown, I also wasn’t disappointed. The mysterious world of Caraval was full of whimsy and kept me captivated the whole time. Garber’s flowery prose was decorative and colorful. Not always in a sensical, useful way, but beautiful words nonetheless. The downside however was that Scarlett was unfortunately dull as a protagonist. While her development from a cautious, pragmatic girl into someone more bold and confident was relatable, it was underwhelming. There are a handful of other interesting characters, but we aren’t given enough depth on them to really fall in love. I’m hoping we get to see more of Julian, Dante and Donnatella in the sequel. Overall, a refreshing read that felt different enough in the world of YA to warrant giving it a try despite its flaws.

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Prodigy by Marie Lu

Read it? Thumbs up. 

Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring…

Legend left me rather underwhelmed, especially because I loved Lu’s other series, the Young Elites. Prodigy, however, was everything I wanted from the first installment. Complete with much more world-building, further exploration into the characters and powers outside of June and Day and a more action-packed plot, Legend kept you excited the whole way through. I don’t, however, find myself rooting for June and Day as a couple. The plot around their romance and love interests were dull to me – sometimes even annoying. Though to be fair, the voice actors from the audiobook may have exacerbated my annoyance with the characters. It’ll be interesting to see how Lu wraps it all up in Champion, especially with what we learn at the end. Looking forward to it!

I started so many other books, but won’t be sharing my thoughts on those until I’ve fully wrapped them up.

What did you read this month? Share your wrap-ups below and I’ll check them out!

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The Sick Book Tag

Hey folks! Time for another book tag, whoop whoop! Here is The Sick Book Tag, which was first created by Dark_Chickie on Wattpad. I stole this from Duckess @ Hook a Book. 

Diabetes- a book too sweet, like really sweet

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | My Review

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell | My Review

Jenny Han and Rainbow Rowell are the queens of sweet, sugary fluff. Sometimes I’m a fan, sometimes I’m not. But you can’t deny the sweetness. These books are like literary sprinkles.

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Chicken Pox- a book you picked up once but will never pick up again

The Selection by Kiera Cass | My Review

Soundless by Richelle Mead

There was a lot of love for the Selection series, but I really couldn’t stand it. I was confounded by the world and setting, the characters were unlikeable and quite frankly, nothing happened. Soundless, however, was just a terrible book. Though an interesting concept, it was poorly written. The execution there was just flat. Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy is pretty popular, but Soundless? Hard pass. Needless to say, I won’t be finishing or re-reading these anytime soon.

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Influenza- a contagious book that spreads like a virus

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments started off as a trilogy but grew into a series, which then got a movie and a TV show. Then, we have the Infernal Devices and multiple one-off stories plus compendiums. Cassandra Clare’s supernatural world blossomed into a huge franchise. I think I was thirteen when the series first started. Crazy to think of how much it has expanded.

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The Cycle- a book you read every month, year, or often

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It’s been a long, long time since I’ve re-read a book, especially since the TBR pile has grown so big lately. When I was a kid though, I had collected almost all of the Series of Unfortunate Events books and re-read those again and again. I also read through Eragon multiple times while waiting for the sequel to come out. Ironically, when it did, I didn’t have the time to read it anymore and actually never got around to it.

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Insomnia- a book that kept you up all night

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera 

I mention this book in way too many of these tags, but I got sucked in and stayed up way too late reading this on my kindle under the covers. Another perk of having a kindle – getting to read in bed without having to keep the lights on.

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Amnesia- a book that’s forgotten and didn’t leave a powerful impression in your memory

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If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

This wasn’t a bad read by any means. I actually rated it rather highly, but it just wasn’t super memorable for me. Even now, I can’t quite remember my thoughts on it, especially since I never got around to writing my review for it.

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Asthma- A book that took your breath away

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater | My Review

For a young adult novel, it felt refreshingly different in tone and plot. The characters were whimsical and dark and the mythology of everything was superb. I still need to finish this series. I don’t know why I’ve been sitting on it for so long.

 

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Malnutrition- a book that lacked food for thought

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Paper Princess by Erin Watt | My Review

This was all hot guys and sex and scandal without a ton to think about or think through. It kind of read like smut or weird high-school erotica to me.

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Travel Sickness- a book that took you on a trip through time and space

 

The Firebird Series by Claudia Gray | My Review

I had my issues with this series, but there’s no denying it took you to incredible places. The characters literally travel through  different dimensions. And while technically, the time isn’t actually changing, the worlds’ different progression rates leave them feeling like parts of the past or future. End of the day, these were still entertaining reads. I just got so annoyed with the protagonist in the second novel that I’m not sure I can fight my way through the third.

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Tagging the following wonderful  book bloggers and anyone else who wants to this tag!

Swetlana and Sandra @ Reading Through the Nights

Kiersten @ Once Upon a Spine

Michelle @ Book Adventures

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WWW Wednesday #2

WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


 

What are you currently reading?

I’m still working my way through Cinder and A Court of Thorns and Roses from my last WWW, but I’ve also picked Shadow and Bone back up. I got about 70% of the way through last year and for some reason never finished it. Figured I could knock it out pretty quickly!

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

 

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What did you recently finish reading?

 

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Prodigy by Marie Lu

I didn’t so much read this one as I did listen to the audiobook on my hour long drives back and forth from visiting my parents. Super entertaining. I’ll have a full review in my end of month recap.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

To be honest, I’m not sure about this. I have a bunch on my TBR list, but don’t have one picked out yet. Might continue picking up the Lunar Chronicles if I end up really liking Cinder. Same goes for ACOTAR, but I’m almost done with that one and not quite in love yet. So we’ll see. Link your WWW’s below! I’d love to check them out.

Happy Reading!

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Anticipated Releases | March 2017

Hi Folks!

While my TBR list is already pretty stacked with 2016 releases and even older reads, I’ve still been eyeing what’s coming soon. Here are my picks from the March 2017 release list. Have any of you read ARCs for these? What did you think?

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Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Can a text message destroy your life?

Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, there could be a criminal investigation into the deaths…

Zentner’s debut, The Serpent King, was a touching, bittersweet and well-paced coming-of-age story – one that was well-received by most of the community. So there may be a little bit of pressure for Goodbye Days to live up to that acclaim. Thus far, the Goodreads  reviews seem to be positive. I’m looking forward to giving myself another dose of heartbreak.

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You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up…

Julia sounds like a spunky, lovable main character and while I’m not chomping at the bit to get my hands on this one, I’d still like to get around to it at some point. It promises the same teenage sweetness and angst as Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and More Happy Than Not. I’m anxious to see if it delivers.

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever….

So I admit I have not read any of the Daughter of Smoke and Bones series. It’s entirely a case of judging a book by its cover. BUT I hear Laini Taylor’s storytelling is lyrical and captivating so I want to give this new release a try. Also adding her other series to the TBR list. There seem to be a handful of those who got lost with this novel though, saying it was confusing and hard to follow. Fingers crossed!

What are you all looking forward to? Any I should be adding to my list?

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WWW Wednesday #1

WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. I first spotted this one from Ashely @ Socially Awkward Bookworm. 

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


 

What are you currently reading?

I usually have two or three books going on at a time, one on my kindle, one just on my google play books and maybe one physical copy. Depending on where I am, I’ll read one or the other. Currently switching back and forth between these two…

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I’m finally doing it, folks. These series have been waiting not-so-quietly on my TBR list and I guess February is the month for hopping on the bandwagon. I haven’t gotten too far on either yet, but you guys will be the first to know when I finish.

 

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What did you recently finish reading?

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Just knocked out these two recently! My full thoughts on both will be out in my February Book Reviews post at the end of the month, but both were pretty satisfying reads. Last month I read a bunch of “just-okay” kind of books, but February has been kind to me so far. Really digging the books I’ve picked up.

 

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What do you think you’ll read next?

History Is All You Left Me (1/17/17)
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History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

I really loved More Happy Than Not, so I’ve been eyeing Silvera’s next book. I’m a little scared though. I have an awful feeling it’s going to break my heart again and I’m not sure I’m ready for those feelings.

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Happy Reading!

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Valentine’s Book Tag

Happy Valentine’s Day Friends!

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I am stealing this book tag from Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger. I saw a bunch of other Valentine’s book tags, but I don’t read enough romances or care enough about romances to be able to fill them out. Luckily this one is all about love for books. That I have plenty of!

The creator of this tag is CC’s Books on BookTube.

1. Stand-alone Book You Love

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Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Whimsical, sweet, heart-warming. I found this story to be equal parts magical and endearing. Easily one of my favorite reads from 2016.

2. Dystopian Book You Love

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I guess I actually don’t read a lot of Dystopian…I never read the Hunger Games or Divergent despite the fact that they’re dystopian staples. Aside from Marie Lu’s Legend, I haven’t read anything recently. I do remember really loving Unwind by Neal Shusterman in high-school. So it’s an oldie, but I’ll go with that one.

3. A Book That You Love But No One Else Talks About

Lately I’ve been picking out books mostly from the suggestions I get from the Book Blogosphere, so it’s been a while since I’ve read one that isn’t being talked about. That’s definitely a book goal for this year though – to branch out and read more underrated, lesser known books.

4. Favorite Book Couple

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Mmmmmm. I’m trying real hard, but I don’t know if I have one. I love Petey and Finn from Bone Gap and Blue and Gansey from The Raven Boys….but maybe I’m just not an OTP kind of girl. Favorite is a strong word, I can’t commit. Help.

5. Book That Other People Love But You Haven’t Read Yet

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Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve heard so much about these and just Sarah J. Maas in general, but I haven’t gotten into them yet. Its a little intimidating with so many books already out. I’ll pick them up eventually though. EVENTUALLY!

6. A Book with Red on the Cover

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

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…

So this one doesn’t come until later this year in November. I haven’t even seen any reviews of it yet, but the summary sounds interesting and I do loooove this cover. Just the tiniest bit of red. But hey, still counts.

7. A Book with Pink on the Cover

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You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student…

Yet another upcoming release. This one should be out in next month and the reviews are looking pretty solid. Not to mention the Goodreads page alludes to More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera and Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, both of which I really enjoyed.

8. You were given a box of chocolates. What fictional boyfriend/girlfriend would given them to you?

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I’m a sucker for them edgy, brooding types so while its super out of character for our Dream Thief, I would totes take chocolates from Ronan in The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

9. You are single on Valentine’s Day. What book would you read? What TV show would you watch? What movie would you watch?

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Blue Valentine.

This is kind of a tough question since I don’t think being single on Valentine’s Day would really change what I’m watching or reading. Instead, I’m going to pick my favorite sad romance movies. I love them sad, bittersweet ones because despite the sad endings, they feel more real.

10. You are in the book store. All of a sudden you get shot with an arrow by Cupid. What new release will you love?

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The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from C. J. Redwine, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen. Perfect for fans of Graceling and the Lunar Chronicles.

The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king…

Another super cool cover. I actually haven’t read the first in this series, but this one seems pretty interesting. Rumpelstiltskin was one of my favorite fairy tales growing up. He’s such a creepy interesting character, so I’m excited to see how this re-telling plays out. Plus it’s releasing today! How perfect.

If you haven’t already done a Valentine’s Day Book tag and are looking for one…I tag you!

Evelyn @ Evy Reads Book Blog

Alice @ Wonderful Words 101

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