Title: REIGN OF SHADOWS
Author: Sophie Jordan
Pub. Date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.
But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.
With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.
With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.
I loved, loved, loved this book and really just wanted it to go on forever and never stop! I enjoyed EVERYTHING about it including the blurb that leads to a twist that you really are not expecting.
All of the characters were amazing but my favorite was definitely Luna. She is such a strong female character. Always willing to go off on her own and not afraid of anything. She would go to battle for strangers and has a wee bit of a deviant side to where she tends to get herself into some trouble.
The story line itself was unique and different. It reminded me a bit of Rapunzel but had plenty of aspects that made it very unique to itself. You do not find out until the bitter end that both characters have some major skeletons in their closet, but I can tell you that I was a little shocked!
I am awaiting the next book in the series, not sure when or what it may be but, crossing my fingers that it is sooner rather than later!!!
Thank you to Harper Teen for the review copy for this review!
Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.
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Tell Me Three Things
What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?
Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel whose characters will come to feel like friends. Tell Me Three Things will appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell, Jennifer Niven, and E. Lockhart.
Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago—the closest place she has to something like home—she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?
The thing is, Jessie does need help. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live in LA with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.
In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?
Hello! First off we MUST discuss this cover! Can you say adorable?? I just love the simplicity of it and what it means to the story itself. Genius! If I saw this book sitting on a shelf in a book store, I definitely would pick it up as an automatic cover buy.
Secondly, the story itself was fantastic:) It has been a little while since I had read a really good contemporary that actually gripped me from the beginning until the end. I finished the book in one sitting and actually really enjoyed the mystery aspect of it also.
I enjoyed the character of Jessie and could picture us actually being friends. She was smart and snarky, exactly how I like my female characters in books! She didn’t sit around feeling all kinds of sorry for herself over the death of her mother but actually took the bull by the horns and tried to make a new start.
I have to say that my favorite part of the book has got to be the email banter between Jessie and her mystery man. It was very cute and made me long for a mystery pen pal of my very own! (anyone out there whom feels the need to make me feel better……you got my email addy)
My only one issue with the book was that the ending was fairly predictable. I had an idea of how it was going to end by the time that I made it there but, it was still a very enjoyable read.
Congrats to Ms. Buxbaum on her debut YA novel and I will be very sure to keep a watch out for more from her in the future!
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Release Date: November 10th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Jackson Landis kept secrets. It’s how he got girls into bed, the grades he wanted, and a reputation for being the life of the party.
But now he’s dead, and no one knows how or why. Especially not the four girls whose secrets he protected. Secrets so scandalous they could cause each girl to lose something valuable. Secrets so dark, someone may have killed for them.
The four girls – a campus drug dealer, an overweight bookworm, a closeted lesbian, and a spoiled princess have one thing in common – they’re terrified the things Jackson knew may not have died with him. As Reggie, Haddie, Val, and Livie try to piece together her own role in Jackson’s death, each girl realizes Jackson had some not-so-pretty skeletons of his own.
Which makes a girl wonder, who really wanted Jackson Landis dead?
WELCOME TO THE SCAVENGER HUNT BLOG TOUR!
We’re trying to discover who killed Jason Landis in Jamie Blair and Dawn Rae Miller’s book. In the 7 days that the tour will be running, you will find interviews with the suspects, their profiles and music playlists that will help you decide who you think did it.
Each day you will find a team that will introduce you one character. The winner team will be picked on November 11th and will have the pleasure to host an exclusive excerpt from Kiss Kill Love Him Still.
Please note that reviews from bloggers will be published on November 11th and November 12th, see schedule, and that might give you an extra insight to the book, too!
Weight: 125 lbs
Hair: Brunette. Long.
Demeanor: Haughty. Fidgety. Can’t focus.
Motivation for killing Jackson Landis: He knew she was bi-sexual.
Officer Ruiz: Val, you need to answer my questions.
Val: Why? All they do is make me look like a criminal.
Officer Ruiz: Are you?
Val: Isn’t that your job? To prove my guilt. Why would I help you with that?
Officer Ruiz: This is getting us nowhere. The longer you stonewall, the longer we sit here.
Val: That’s fine. I have nowhere to go and nothing to do.
Officer Ruiz: But you’re hands are shaking. You need a drink – something stiff, don’t you?
Val: I don’t need alcohol if that’s what you’re asking.
Officer Ruiz: Were you drinking the night Jackson died?
Officer Ruiz: Maybe that’s why you don’t remember anything? You had a black out?
Val: It happens.
Officer Ruiz: Have you had anything to drink today?
Val: A few. But you can’t book me on that. I’m of legal age and didn’t drive anywhere. I’ve done nothing wrong.
Officer Ruiz: Fine. I’m letting you go, but don’t leave town. We’re going to have to talk to you again – when you’re sober.
Val: Then I’ll see you never.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN TO DECIDE!
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Young adult author of the Kirkus-starred novel Leap Of Faith (Simon & Schuster 2013), and Lost To Me (2014), featured in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling anthology, Dirty Boys of Summer. Represented by Rebecca Friedman of RF Literary.
Dawn is a Twitter and fashion addict whose favorite things in life are her family, gorgeous dresses, tea leaf salad, and French macarons. She splits her time between San Francisco and Northern Virginia, and is always up for a trip to Paris.
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is the top ten tropes I’m tired of and want to stop reading!
1. Damsels in distress
This is definitely the trope I hate the most! I’m so sick and tired of reading books where the main character has to wait for a man to save her, like come on girl save your own damn self! I honestly don’t understand why this trope is so popular; what is so appealing about a girl being useless? I love books where the woman is kick ass, strong, and determined!
I lied, I hate this trope the most! I’m sorry but I think it is extremely lazy to have your characters fall in love instantly. Relationships should be developed and relatable. Characters shouldn’t meet in chapter 1 and be saying I love you & thinking about marriage by chapter 3. it’s lazy and I hate it.
3. The special snowflake that has to save the world aka The Chosen One
I hate reading books when the character is whining and complaining about all the pressure that comes with being The Chosen One. Why does the fate of the world have to rest one this single persons shoulders? Why you got to fix the government that was ruined by a war? Why do you have to do everything alone?
4. Love triangles
I have read so many love triangles that at this point in time it’s sickening! I also hate them because I always fall for the guy the girl eventually doesn’t pick, so I become very frustrated. There are many other ways to create tension or break up a couple without inserting a love triangle!
5. Sweet innocent good girl falls for the damaged player bad boy
This is a trope that is prominent in like every single New Adult book, and I’m starting to hate it. The good girl always falls for the bad boy because he is everything she shouldn’t want, and the bad boy changes his ways for the girl because he looooves her, and she’s the only one who took the time to understand him and never gave up on him like his parents did. I’m telling you if it’s a new adult book this is most likely the plot.
6. Non existent parents or family
In just about all books, mainly Young Adult the parents are non existent. You could read an entire YA book and the parents will never appear, only mentioned in passing. I crave books that showcase strong families of all types. I want them to be present and part of the plot, not just a two dimensional character that is only used for transitional purposes.
7. The pretty girl who thinks she’s ugly, but everybody in the whole thinks she’s gorgeous
8. “I let out a breathe I didn’t even know I was holding” or “Then he walked in”
You will find these two quotes in any YA book
9. Guys and girls can’t be friends
I hate how a girl can never have a male friend that doesn’t eventually lead to a romantic relationship. Girls and boys and be friends without having romantic feelings for each other!
10. Female protagonists
I’m tired of reading books that only have female protagonists. There should be more books with male protagonist, not every story needs to be told through the mind of a female.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? What books tropes are you tired of reading about?
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is the top ten books to read if you like Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen’s books are light, fluffy , fun, perfect for summer reads that are also about family, friendship, self discovery, and social issues. So Here are ten books to try if you are a fan of Sarah Dessen Books:
1. Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith
This book is one of the cutest books I’ve ever read! This one is about a girl who was just dumped by her boyfriend and gets the idea to take a road trip to his college to convince him to take her back, and the Ex-boyfriend’s best friend decides to tag along! It’s a cute, quirky book perfect for Sarah Dessen Fans.
2. The Bridge From Me to You by Lisa Schroeder
Initially when I picked this book up I thought it was going to be a sweet, fluffy read and it’s not. While it is a sweet book, it’s so much more than that. The Bridge From Me to You is about family, friendship, and doing what makes you happy. This one reminds me of Someone Like you By Sarah Dessen, as it features a strong friendship and self discovery.
3. The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
First I have to say, IF YOU LIKE SARAH DESSEN, READ ELIZABETH SCOTT’S BOOKS! The Unwritten Rule is about a girl who has a crush on her best friends boyfriend. This book is more on the serious side, it isn’t sweet and fluffy but it does have its moments. The Unwritten Rule is about Love, friendship, and growing up.
4. The Hundred Oaks series by Miranda Kenneally
I couldn’t pick just one book in this series so I picked them all! This is a series of stand alone books set in the same world, much like Dessen’s books. They all are sweet and fluffy, but also focus on more serious issues they are perfect for a fun, quick read!
5. There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones
This is one of my all time favorite books! So many layers to this one! This one reminds me a tad of Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. This one is about a girl who has just lost her brother and is trying to find herself and come to terms with her loss. This one is a great self discovery read, and watching this girl heal was a fascinating!
6. Paradise by Simone Elkelles
This a great contemporary read that focuses on self discovery and healing, and the consequences of the choices we make.
7. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
Maureen Johnson is also a really great contemporary writer, her books are perfect for Sarah Dessen Fans! Suite Scarlett is hands down the sweetest and cutest book on this list! Its sweet, fluffy, and funny the perfect books for a Summer afternoon!
8. Dizzy by Nyrae Dawn
This one is about love, family, and friendship. When it wasn’t making me laugh, it was making me want to curl up in a ball and just cry for awhile. Just READ IT!
9. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
When I think of this book it reminds me of Along for the Ride, I don’t know why. In my eyes Auden and Amy are quite similar, Just as Eli is to Roger.
10. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
This is a super light, fluffy, fun read. It’s serious and heartbreaking. I think if you liked Lock and Key, you would enjoy this one.
All The Words Are Yours by Tyler Knott Gregson
Expected publication: October 20th 2015 by Perigee Books
Why I’m Waiting:
The moment I found out about this book the only thing I could do was stare at my phone before I started squealing like an idiot! This is Gregson’s second collection of poetry and after reading and falling in love with his first collection, I absolutely cannot wait to read this one! If you’ve never heard of Tyler Knott Gregson, GOOGLE HIM! And then check out his tumblr and Instagram, they’re fantastic and you will not regret it!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is the top ten book on my fall TBR!
I’m cheating a bit this week, I only have seven books on my TBR and I just finished one this morning! All of them are poetry except for #6. This year Poetry has been a main component in my reading, I don’t know why but it has been calling out to me all year long and these books are the new ones that I have come across or have had my eye on for a while that I am determined to get to. Now because these are poetry books there really isn’t much for me to say because the descriptions on Goodreads and Amazon don’t explain much, and I like to go into the books as blind as possible so, here are the books on my Fall TBR:
1. Preparing My Daughter For Rain by Key Ballah
I’m always on the hunt for books dedicated to growth and passing on wisdom to the younger generations to come and I feel this one is what I’m looking for
2. Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward
The super short description intrigued me so I had to pick it up
3. Semicolon by Naveed Khan
This book gained quite a bite of recongition when it was released annoymously as a social experiment, and has seen been released under the Author’s name. I looking forward to this one to see what the hype was about and because I find it so interesting that it was released as an experiment.
4. Salt by Nayyirah Waheed
Salt is evrywhere I feel! I see quotes from this book just about everytime I’m on Pinterest or Tumblr, so I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!
5. Nejma by Nayyirah Waheed
This the second release from Waheed after Salt
6. Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Garcia Williams
#6, the only book that is not a poetry book! This book has been all over my Goodreads feed so I have to see what all the hype is about. Also I think it has something to do with Taylor Swift, I am not sure.
7. Zimbabwe by Tapiwa Mugabe
I actually finished this book this morning, and it was amazing! It was beautifully written and really made me think and contemplate pretty much everything, and appreciate my home, family, and love! It was great, it was amazing, it was beautiful, I loved it!!!
WHAT ABOUT YOU? What books are on your Fall TBR? What genre has been your favorite this year?
To Be Published on October 6, 2015 by HarperTeen
ARC given in exchange of an honest review.
Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.
But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.
But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?
The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, it was a “cannot put down” for me. This sequel did not disappoint and quickly became another “could not put down”! I was nervous going in because sometimes the sequel is not as good as the first book but this was not the case with this one! I did have to really read carefully though in the beginning to get back into the swing of the characters because I had forgotten some things that happened in the first book but I was quickly able to adapt and really enjoy this read!
We get to meet some new characters in this installment but have to say goodbye to some of the old:( We also get to see a few people from the VERY beginning of the series during the auction.
I cannot say if I have a favorite character. I kind of enjoy the mix of all of them together honestly. I really had just gotten lost in the story and had not concentrated on each character individually.
This book left us on ANOTHER cliffhanger and I am UNpatiently waiting for the next book. Seriously, I may have thrown a slight temper tantrum. Ms. Ewing seems to have a knack for leaving us hanging. (secretly, I love it!)
Published October 6th 2009 by Simon Pulse
When Cassie moves from the tiny town where she has always lived to a suburb of Seattle, she is determined to leave her boring, good-girl existence behind. This is Cassie’s chance to stop being invisible and become the kind of girl who’s worth noticing.
Stepping into her new identity turns out to be easier than Cassie could have ever imagined… one moment, one choice, changes everything.
Cassie’s new existence both thrills and terrifies her. Swept into a world of illicit parties and social landmines, she sheds her virginity, embraces the numbness she feels from the drugs, and floats through it all, knowing that she is now called beautiful. She ignores the dangers of her fast-paced life… but she can’t sidestep the secrets and the cruelty.
Cassie is trapped in a swift downward spiral tinged with violence and abuse, and no one—not even the one person she thought she could trust—can help her now.
This review will be pretty short because I really don’t have much opinions on it other than I didn’t like it very much, but I still wanted to write this review because It’s a book that I’ve wanted to read forever.
As I’ve said before I’ve wanted to read Beautiful for quit awhile, I’ve wanted to read this book since it came out in 2009 when I was thirteen. And coincidentally that is the same age as our main character, which was the first problem with the book. Giving the nature and description of the book I was expecting our MC to be older, so to open the book and to find out that she is 13 and in seventh grade was quite a shock.
Looking back I can honestly say this is a book that would’ve appealed to 13 year old Sam, when I was as naïve as our main character, but at 20 I hate this book. I would not have picked this book up if I knew beforehand that the MC was only thirteen, I definitely, ABSOLUTELY WOULD NOT HAVE picked this book up if I knew there was sex scenes. The sex in this book was awkward and painful to read, and just so damn sad!
I hated everything about this book, which is rare and I feel bad to even say that. Like I said I’ve wanted to read this book for years and it’s just horrible. There is no redeeming factor. It’s a downward spiral, with every page detailing a new drug she is abusing, having sex with someone for status, even declaring herself as his “bitch”, talking about running away and becoming prostitutes, skinning cats, sexual abuse, moving to Israel to raise goats and to live in yurts.
But all that being sad, I’m not stupid. I know that there are children going through things similar to the Cassie, I know that. So on one hand I commend Amy Reed for exploring a side of addiction and abuse that is not often shown. But at the same time this book did nothing to impress me or show any redeeming qualities. The characters where flat, uninspiring, mean, disgusting, and just sad. The quality of writing was poor, bland, and often quite boring.
I would recommend this book to people only to hear their opinion on this, because there are so many people on goodreads who seemingly love this and I just don’t see it; but would be totally interested to hear what others think of this.
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
Expected publication: February 9th 2016 by Harper Teen
Why I’m Waiting:
February can’t come fast enough! First of all that cover is gorgeous and the plot sounds like its going to be good. I’m really interested in this because I read Sophie’s other young adult series Firelight and I loved it so I can only hope that I love this one as well. I just hope that the romance isn’t insta-love and that Jordan gives the characters the time to fall in love instead of rushing it!