Archives for January 2018

Book Tuesday: ARC – Tempests and Slaughter

Title: Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles #1)
Author: Tamora Pierce
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Pages: 480

Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

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Book Tuesday: ARC – Reign the Earth

Title: Reign the Earth (The Elementae #1)
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Pages: 448

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.

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Book Tuesday: ARC – By the Book

Title: By the Book
Author: Julia Sonneborn
Genre: Chick Lit, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Pages: 384

An English professor struggling for tenure discovers that her ex-fiancé has just become the president of her college—and her new boss—in this whip-smart modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Persuasion.

Anne Corey is about to get schooled.

An English professor in California, she’s determined to score a position on the coveted tenure track at her college. All she’s got to do is get a book deal, snag a promotion, and boom! She’s in. But then Adam Martinez—her first love and ex-fiancé—shows up as the college’s new president.

Anne should be able to keep herself distracted. After all, she’s got a book to write, an aging father to take care of, and a new romance developing with the college’s insanely hot writer-in-residence. But no matter where she turns, there’s Adam, as smart and sexy as ever. As the school year advances and her long-buried feelings begin to resurface, Anne begins to wonder whether she just might get a second chance at love.

Funny, smart, and full of heart, this modern ode to Jane Austen’s classic explores what happens when we run into the demons of our past…and when they turn out not to be so bad, after all.

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Book Tuesday: ARC – Poison’s Cage

Title: Poison’s Cage (Poison’s Kiss #2)
Author: Breeana Shields
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 16, 2018
Pages: 336

*****Spoilers for Poison’s Kiss in the description*****

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?

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Cristina Watches Game of Thrones – Season 2

I survived Season 1, but I’d had an advantage since I had read the first book.  Season 2 wasn’t as easy.  I decided to go into it blind.  I still haven’t decided if I made the right decision or not….

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Book Tuesday: Can’t Wait Books of 2018

2018 is HERE PEOPLE!!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting ALL YEAR for 2017 to be DONE.  Now that 2018 is finally here, not only can we turn a new leaf and enter (hopefully) into a much better year, but we have some FANTASTIC books to look forward to people! I’ve listed some of the ones I’m most looking forward to below! [Read more…]

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