Review of Caraval

 Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Series: Caraval

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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Review of The Bear and the Nightingale

Title: The Bear and the Nightingale

Author: Katherine Arden

Series: The Bear and the Nightingale

Genre: Fantasy, Folklore

Source: NetGalley

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At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and calls on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

(Source: Goodreads)

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Review of Awoken

Title: Awoken

Author: Sarah Noffke

Series: The Lucidites

Genre: YA Fantasy

Source: Author

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Around the world, humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights. 

In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events.

And in the backwoods of Texas, a sixteen-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle.

Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family’s ridicule, and is prone to premonitions—which are becoming more frequent. And now her dreams are filled with strangers offering to reveal what she has always wanted to know: Who is she? That’s the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out. But will Roya live to regret learning the truth?

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Review of The Lost Knight

Title: The Lost Knight (Volume 1)

Author: Candy Atkins

Series: The Lost Knight Series

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

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How am I supposed to save the world when I’m not strong, not brave, not smart, and not particularly good at most things? I ran away from home the day after my thirteenth birthday when Auntie and her weird friend attacked me. Now I’m on the run with the Grim Reaper and a scary soldier. And I’m no longer on Earth. They were expecting me to be a Knight. The savior that’s supposed to stop a war and prevent the invasion to Earth. But I’m not. They grabbed the wrong girl. I just don’t know how to tell them. 

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Review of Confessions of a Wedding Planner

Title: Confessions of a Wedding Planner (Bliss Series Book 1)

Author: Michelle Jo Quinn

Series: Bliss

Publication date: July 26th, 2016

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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A rom-com that will make you laugh, cry, scream, pull your hair out, and start singing (maybe even dancing)… and fall in love.
Veronica Soto-Stewart has had trouble saying no, especially to her ex-boyfriend, the gorgeous surgeon, Dr. Jake Benjamin. And she has done it again when he asks her to plan his wedding to his new fiancée.
Mix in her tough as nails best friend, Chase, and the bachelor-forever, wickedly-handsome, best man, Levi–who both seem to have secret agendas of their own–Veronica is in for one heck of a wedding planning ride!
Can Veronica survive the roller coaster of challenges thrown at her with her heart intact?

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Review of Throne of Lies

throne-of-lies-tour-bannerTitle: Throne of Lies

Author: Sara Secora

Series: Amethysta Trilogy

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: August 2016

Source: Review copy received by YA Bound Book Tours

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As a seventeen-year-old ruler chafing under the obligations of her bloodline, Princess Amethysta Serelle finds the royal life anything but enchanting. 

Betrothed to a nefarious highborn, Amethysta’s heart mourns her lost chance at love—that is, until she becomes mesmerized by someone other than her suitor, and her heart begins to beat anew.
Desperate to keep her daughter on the path toward duty and the throne, the queen keeps a deadly secret. But as Amethysta balances the burden of expectations and freedom, the glowing, blue truth will not stay hidden for much longer.
Desire and duty battle on, further complicated by strange occurrences happening to Amethysta’s body. She struggles for control as her once unquestioned reality is obliterated.

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Review of Angelic Anarchy

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Title: Angelic Anarchy

Author: J.P. Epperson

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Release Date: September 6th 2016

Source: Review Copy provided by YA Bound Book Tours

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Where there is goodness, evil is sure to follow. Where there is light, darkness is never far behind. Belleeza isn’t the angel your parents told you about as a child. She’s a weapon. A warrior. But even warriors have their weaknesses—and even warriors can have their hearts broken. Betrayed by the only man she’s ever loved, Belleeza throws herself into an unusual mission to find a missing teenage boy. But the treacherous path she finds herself on could lead her closer towards the darkness than she had ever imagined—perhaps even into the depths of Hell itself. And what about Colton, the beautiful angel turned demon who trampled all over her heart? Betrayals, secrets, torture, and passion. Be careful what you wish for—Heaven on Earth might just be more than you bargained for.

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Review of Frostbitten

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Title: Frostbitten

Author: Heather Beck

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Source: Copy provided by the author in exchange of honest review

 

 

 

 

 

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Great beauty hides dark secrets… 

Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years. 

Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker?

[Source: Goodreads]

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Review of Spell Breaker

      Title: Spell Breaker Author: Joni Parker Series: The Chronicles of Eledon Genre: YA Fantasy Source: Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions     PEEK-A-BOO: After a thousand years, Lady Alexin (Alex) Dumwalt breaks the spell around Seaward Isle, a ring of storms so powerful no one could Read more…

Review of Demons

  Title: Demons Author: Ednah Walters Series: Eirik Genre: YA Fantasy Source: NetGalley       PEEK-A-BOO: Eirik Baldurson—son of Baldur, God of Light—failed living as a Mortal. He lost the girl of his dreams and nearly got his friends killed. Now, he’s gone to the underworld to meet the mother Read more…