Mom Sayings on Mother’s Day — Part 4

It’s that time of year again! Where we celebrate all the wonderful things our mothers do for us each and every day.  My mom is truly one of the best and always knows how to put a smile on my face.  This year does not disappoint so without further ado, I give you Mom Sayings Part 4.   [Read more…]

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Book Tuesday: ARC – Ash Princess

Title: Ash Princess (Untitled Trilogy #1)
Author: Laura Sebastian
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Pages: 432

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.

Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.

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February Wrap Up in Books

So I wasn’t nearly as productive this month as I was in January (12 books!), but I put in decent 10 with some great rereads of my fav’s! I just ended up having a lot of things going on so not as much time to read.  But the ones I did get to, were pretty great, so without further ado, here’s what I read this past month!

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Book Tuesday: ARC – To Kill a Kingdom

Title: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Pages: 384

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

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Book Tuesday: ARC – Tess of the Road

Title: Tess of the Road
Author: Rachel Hartman
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Pages: 544

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl–a subspecies of dragon–who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.

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Cristina Watches Game of Thrones – Season 3

I really don’t think this season needs any introductions.  For those who’ve seen it (and if you’re reading this, I assume you have), it really needs none.

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Book Tuesday: ARC – Daughter of the Siren Queen

Title: Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2)
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Pages: 352

Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.

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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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