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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!
This is what the authors propose:
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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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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!)
I am so excited to be a part of this tour!!!
First Published October 12, 1957
I really have never actually sat down and read this book! Can you believe it??? Nope! Not until the day I received it in the mail for this tour! Now though, I understand why so many people are fascinated with the Grinch:0
I really enjoyed the story of Mr. Grinch trying his best to take Christmas away from the residents of Whoville. His crazy antics of even stealing the food left me with quite a few giggles! BUT, my favorite character of the book has got to be little Cindy-Lou Who. She is just so little and cute!
I also enjoyed the whole lesson behind the book that Christmas is to be more than just presents and food. The fact that in the end, Mr. Grinch ended up celebrating himself was a wonderful ending to this fantastic children’s tale!
About Dr. Seuss
Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. His long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys and a Peabody. Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books during his lifetime, and his books have sold more than 650 million copies worldwide. Though Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit Seussville.com.
About What Pet Should I Get?
In the Fall of 2013, an original manuscript with accompanying sketches by Dr. Seuss, aka Ted Geisel, was discovered in the La Jolla, California home of the late beloved children’s author. That complete manuscript was for the picture book,
WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?, and will be published by Random House Children’s Books on July 28, 2015. It is the first original new Dr. Seuss book since the publication of the last book of Dr. Seuss’s career, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! in 1990. WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? captures the excitement of a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and features the brother and sister characters that Dr. Seuss drew in One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.
Follow the Tour!!
- And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, 1937 – The Young Folks.com
- The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, 1938 – Bookish Antics
- The Seven Lady Godivas, 1939 – The Eater of Books
- The King’s Stilts, 1939 – On Starships and Dragonwings
- Horton Hatches the Egg, 1940 – The Book Cellar
- McElligot’s Pool, 1947 – Media Mikes
- Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, 1948 –Mommie of 2
- Bartholomew and the Oobleck, 1949 – Nonperfect Parenting
- If I Ran the Zoo, 1950 – Live to Read
- Scrambled Eggs Super! 1953 – Word Spelunking
- Horton Hears a Who! 1954 – Bookiemoji
- On Beyond Zebra! 1955 – Jessabella Reads
- If I Ran the Circus, 1956 – Book Hounds
- The Cat in the Hat, 1957 – The Bookbag
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 1957 – Nightly Reading
- The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, 1958 – Winter Haven Books
- Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, 1958 – Alice Marvels
- Happy Birthday to You! 1959 – Chapter by Chapter
- Green Eggs and Ham, 1960 – Poland Bananas
- One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, 1960 – Once Upon a Twilight
- The Sneetches and Other Stories, 1961 – The Mod Podge Bookshelf
- Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, 1962 – Good Books and Good Wine
- Dr. Seuss’s ABC, 1963 – The Irish Banana
- Hop on Pop, 1963 – Mundie Moms
- Fox in Socks, 1965 – Page Turners
- I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, 1965 – Book Rock Betty
- The Cat in the Hat Songbook, 1967 – Giveaway Train
- The Foot Book, 1968 – I Am A Reader
- I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories, 1969 – Cuddlebuggery
- I Can Draw It Myself, 1970 – The Children’s Book Review
- Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? 1970 – Curling Up with a Good Book
- The Lorax, 1971 – Elizziebooks
- Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! 1972 – Reading with ABC
- Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? 1973 – Me, Myshelf, and I
- The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, 1973 – Paperback Princess
- There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! 1974 – Presenting Lenore
- Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! 1975 – YA Books Central
- The Cat’s Quizzer, 1976 – Lille Punkin’
- I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! 1978 – Confessions Of A Vi3tbabe
- Oh Say Can You Say? 1979 – Ex Libris
- Hunches in Bunches, 1982 – No BS Book Reviews
- The Butter Battle Book, 1984 – Novel Novice
- You’re Only Old Once! 1986 – Dad of Divas
- Oh, the Places You’ll Go! 1990 – Jesse the Reader
Thanks to Random House Children’s Books for the review copy and inviting me on this awesome tour!!
Published on July 7, 2015 by HarperTeen
ARC copy given by publisher in exchange of an honest review.
Seventeen-year-old Stevie is trapped. In her life. In her body. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New Mexico desert.
Life in the center is regimented and intrusive, a nightmare come true. Nurses and therapists watch Stevie at mealtime, accompany her to the bathroom, and challenge her to eat the foods she’s worked so hard to avoid.
Her dad has signed her up for sixty days of treatment. But what no one knows is that Stevie doesn’t plan to stay that long. There are only twenty-seven days until the anniversary of her brother Josh’s death—the death she caused. And if Stevie gets her way, there are only twenty-seven days until she too will end her life.
In this emotionally haunting and beautifully written young adult debut, Meg Haston delves into the devastating impact of trauma and loss, while posing the question: Why are some consumed by their illness while others embark on a path toward recovery?
First off, this cover is B-E-A-utiful!!! I can’t get over how pretty it is and secretly spotted this book due to the cover specifically before actually reading the blurb!
While reading this book, I felt a whole lot of different emotions!! I was angry at Stevie for not wanting to get the help she needed. I felt a smile coming on when she was being snarky with her therapist. I also felt sadness that she was ill to begin with and when she finally broke the barrier and decided to get the help she needed!
This book was written beautifully and the reader is able to really get all the feelings that the main character of Stevie is going through right along with her. The story is easy to follow and really gets right to the heart of mental illness and eating disorders. Not only do you get a glimpse of what life is like for our main character but you get to see what is happening with the other background characters as well.
I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this book but was pleasantly surprised that I did. This one was a non stop read for me and I was able to finish in one sitting!
Naked by Stacey Trombley
Release Date: 07/07/15
Summary from Goodreads:
I was a little hesitant to read this book but as most of you already know, I love books that deal with really taboo issues and this one really had my interest from the blurb.
I had always heard stories of runaways that had turned to prostitution but had never realized what would happen if one decided to come back home and try to fit into their old life. Of course it would be difficult after all that they had been through but I never realized how difficult.
This book opened my eyes to all of these questions. I am not sure if the author had interviewed people that had been through this predicament or not but it seemed pretty spot on to me!
I really liked Anna and absolutely understood the reason why she left in the first place. Her father was down right horrible and I had wished that her mother was a tad bit stronger for her. I was secretly glad in the beginning when she was given to the police hoping that her life could change for the better.
There were a few tears shed during the course of this book! I just felt so sorry and sad for Anna that she was trying to do better and be better but the bullies kept putting her down.
I loved the ending! I honestly thought it was perfect and I wouldn’t have changed a thing! On another note, I need to comment on the cover and state how perfect for the book it really is!
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NightlyReading will be hosting a Read Along of The Maze Runner Series!!
I am so excited since I had seen the movie but have not read the books as of yet. I really want to see how the book compares to the movie which I thought was fantastic!!
We will be starting off with the first book in the series for the month of July, The Maze Runner. The schedule will be as follows:
July 1st- Discuss Chapters 1-13
July 8th-Discuss Chapters 13-26
July 15th-Discuss Chapters 26-39
July 22nd-Discuss Chapters 39-52
July 29th-Discuss Chapters 52-Epilogue
If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.
Please leave a comment to let us know if you will be joining in! The more the merrier!!
Review copies for the Read Along were given by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.
Discussion #1 Chapters 13-26
We are still getting to know the other kids in the glade and kind of getting use to being here. Thomas gets to see what happens when someone gets cast out and that was a little tough to read:( There is NO WAY that I would be able to stand by and let that happen especially if they started crying!
Now the book seems to be getting really interesting! Thomas risks his life to save Albi and he is finally being noticed as something other than a “Greenie”.
The end of Chapter 26 kind of left me on a tad bit of a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to start on Chapter 27!
Leave a comment and let me know what you thought about this week’s reading??
WOW is a weekly meme where we showcase which upcoming titles we are most excited for.
This week’s WOW is:
The Unforgiven by Lauren Kate
To be released on November 10, 2015 by Delacorte Press
It’s the book FALLEN fans have been waiting for: Cam’s story, the brooding, bad-boy dark angel readers love.
High school can be hell.
Cam knows what it’s like to be haunted. He’s spent more time in Hell than any angel ever should. And his freshest Hell is high school, where Lilith, the girl he can’t stop loving, is serving out a punishment for his crimes.
Cam made a bet with Lucifer: he has fifteen days to convince the only girl who really matters to him to love him again. If he succeeds, Lilith will be allowed back into the world, and they can live their lives together. But if he fails…there’s a special place in Hell just for him.
Spread your wings and cry as bad boy dark angel Cam finally reveals his anguished heart in the epic new FALLEN novel, UNFORGIVEN.
I really enjoyed the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. I know it had some mixed reviews and I loved the whole series so I am extremely excited to be getting this fifth book!!!
Published May 8, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Purchased by Reviewer
From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak.
Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.
Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.
As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.
It took me a while to read this book, even though it had sat on my shelf for about a year. I guess it was over hyped and I didn’t want to ruin it by getting my hopes up that it would be great? Well, I should have read it sooner, because it was!
There are so many different aspects to this book! There is a little mystery, there is a reunion of sorts, there is love between members of a family, and a little romance between a boy and a girl, there is also hope and loss.
I enjoyed the character of Taylor. She was snarky when she had to be and serious when it was called for. I really liked the quiet moments that she spent with her Dad. You could tell that he really loved his children and tried to put forth a tremendous effort to make them believe he was okay.
The romance and friendship were cute too! I do not want to get too much into it for fear of giving anything away. BUT, you must know that you will be immediately adding another book boyfriend to your already long list!!!
This book made me rethink the relationship with my own father and also made me want to take a trip to the Poconos! We only live about 45 minutes from the setting in the book and I secretly felt closer to the story because of it. The ending was excruciating for me, probably due to my own daddy issues but it seriously tore my heart out!
Anyone whom loves contemporary needs to read this book! Get the tissues ready though! Don’t say I didn’t warn you;)
Published June 18, 2015 by Vintage
See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey.
In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.
Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.
Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?
This book is intended for mature audiences ONLY!
We all know the story from Anna’s POV and I was REALLY excited to get the story from THE man himself….Christian Grey! I was slightly disappointed:(
The book was a little hard to get through even in Christian’s point of view since it was the same old story, which I expected due to it being a companion to the 50 series. But, I was expecting a little more from our boy! Ms. James kind of made him sound like an even more of a prick than he already is??? I was also expecting a little more of an epilogue???
Now, since the book was over 500 pages, I was under the impression that this book was from Christian’s perspective but included all 3 books from the series…. See what happens when you assume?
This book was only book one in a series of 3! UGH!!! I was a bit disappointed and am not sure if I will continue the other 2 books in this companion series? It took me a while to get through this first one and had actually considered putting it down a few times. Maybe I will pick up the third if it gives us a little more than what we got in darker??