Roseblood Release Day Blitz

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Hey, guys, happy new 2017!! I have been eagerly anticipating new 2017 releases and today has been a pretty good book day. So many amazing books came out today. However, I an here to talk to you guys about one book in particular. I am so excited that ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard releases today and that I get to share the news! If you haven’t yet heard about this awesome retelling of The Phantom of the Opera be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed ROSEBLOOD poster and a mask courtesy of
A.G. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

 

About The Book:

 Title: ROSEBLOOD
Author: A.G.
Howard
Pub.
Date:
 January 10, 2016
Publisher: Amulet
Books
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover,
paperback, eBook
In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned
to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.
At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.
 
 
About A.G. Howard
 

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a
child.

When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

Giveaway Details:
 
1 winner will
receive a signed ROSEBLOOD poster and a Mask. US Only.
 
Ends on January
17th at Midnight EST!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Top 10 2016 books I wish I got around to reading

I have been absent these past few weeks mainly because I was in a weird blogging and reading slump. Also, I have managed to successfully resuscitate my social life, which left me with zero free time. BUT, and there is a but here, the end of 2016 is just around the corner and I have finally mustered the will to get back to blogging, so what better topic than discussing the books I have bought/been given but never got around to reading. Let’s dive in. thousandth-floor

10. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee – I was made aware of this book back in April when I got a proof copy at YALLWEST. It was marketed as a futuristic dystopian New York. I was intrigued. I wanted to read the proof but somehow I got sidetracked. Then when the book got released I fell in love with the stunning cover and promised myself I’d read it ASAP. Needless to say I never actually got around to reading it.

9. The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine – I bought this one back in January after reading a stellar review on Goodreads. The premise sounded interesting enough plus there was supposed to be an LGBTQ+ element so I was sold. Now that I read the synopsis again I keep wondering why I never read it…

8. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron – Okay, so I don’t actually have this but I read a blurb online and thought it sounded original enough. I wanted to give it a try but I went to LA and well…next year, perhaps?

7. Blame by Simon Mayo –  This book first came to my attention when I heard the author speak at YALC. I didn’t know anything about it and I hadn’t read any of Mr. Mayo’s books before so I bought it and planned to read it on a plane ride to New York. Suffice to say it didn’t quite work out as I’d planned.

6. Flashfall by Jenny Moyer – My friend gave me an ARC of this a few months ago and told me to read it because I’d love it. I didn’t. Then I got the finished copy in this month’s Fairyloot and made a mental note to read it. I wish I did but I didn’t. moon-ours

5. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore – This book has been praised by virtually every single blogger friend I have and let’s be honest the synopsis sounds AMAZING. I’m not sure why I still haven’t read it. There is NO EXCUSE, okay? I’m sorry.

4. Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen – This is the final novel in a trilogy. I thought the first one was okay. I loved the second one. No idea why I haven’t finished the series by reading the last one but I hope to do so soon. Very soon.

3. Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima – I don’t have a finished copy of this but I do have an ARC that I never read. I loved her Seven Realms series and I remember I got so excited when I got an ARC. This was during an overwhelmingly bstarusy time at my job so I never actually got the time to read it and then I was trying to catch up with my TBR. I do apologize to the publisher, though. This is the only book I’d received a proof that I didn’t manage to review.

2. Stalking Jack the Reaper by Kerri Maniscalco – I actually started this book at the end of August. I just never got past the first few chapters.

1. The Midnight Star by Marie Lu – This hurts me to say since The Young Elites series is a particular favorite of mine. I pre-ordered it, received it, unpacked it and stuck it on my shelf because I was scared for Adelina. I will eventually get around to it, once I’ve reconciled myself with her potential demise.

And that’s it. These are my 2016 books I regret not reading. Tune in next week for my top 10 books of 2016.

Teaser Tuesday – 27th Sept

 

For those of you who don’t know Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. Here are the rules: Teaser Tuesday

  • Grab the book you’re currently reading
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
  • DO NOT include spoilers. You don’t want to ruin the book for others by including too much.
  • Share the title and the author so other participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like the teasers.

 

 

“The streets are empty, but I keep my head up.
Evan always used to say that it wasn’t what you couldn’t see that you should be afraid of, but what was right in front of you in plain sight.” ~p. 106 Girl in Pieces* by Kathleen Glasgow

*Girl in Pieces comes out on 6th Oct in the UK, however, the US edition came out back in August and is available worldwide via Book Depository.

** BD also appears to have the UK paperback in stock at the moment. So if you want to get your hands on some early copies click here.

Teaser Tuesday – 20th Sept

For those of you who don’t know Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. Here are the rules: Teaser Tuesday

  • Grab the book you’re currently reading
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
  • DO NOT include spoilers. You don’t want to ruin the book for others by including too much.
  • Share the title and the author so other participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like the teasers.

 

“‘Helping her?’ Jules reaches for Arsinoe and tugs her so hard Arsinoe nearly trips over the log she was seated on. ‘You cannot do this.'” ~ p.177 Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake 

Three Dark Crowns comes out today in the US and on September 22nd in the UK.

The Fray Theory – Resonance

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“The existence of every reality is destiny”…”and which of these gets to be your reality…is free will”

I honestly don’t know how to review this book. It’s so completely different and unique than anything else I have read, and I love it all the more for it. The premise is centered around various theories that are cruelly not revealed until halfway through the book, which essentially means that I was blindly stumbling with no idea what was happening. I just knew things were happening and happening FAST.

I was really impressed by the writing style, which was absolutely beautiful even though it WAS bordering on purple prose at some point. I did feel all the metaphors, similes, and general descriptions kind of detracted from the potential character development, which I personally would have liked to see more of.

Speaking of characters, I absolutely loved Neve, who is one of the main protagonists we get to follow around. She’s beautiful, lovable and sassy, and just overall badass that I took an instant liking to her. She’s studying Neuroscience but she THINKS she wants to be an artist. Her boyfriend disappeared three years ago and she doesn’t quite get along with her parents. What I loved most about her is how she took everything in stride even though she had no idea what was happening for a big part of the book, she just rolled with it. We also get to meet said boyfriend, Dylan(or ex-boyfriend now). He’s wealthy, mysterious and has his moments of darkness. For the most part though he’s sweet and caring. Then there’s Romer. He was by far the most interesting of the three and my favorite. Romer is Dylan’s best friend and like Dylan he suddenly pops back up in Neve’s life after three years. I absolutely loved his dynamic with both Neve and Dylan. He has a great sense of humor despite all the horribleness in his life. He’s bitter and angry but with a good reason. You can practically feel his pain jumping from the pages. He also cares very deeply and is loyal to a fault. I loved the parts from his perspective and I think he has so much potential for the upcoming books. Someone else I liked and was intrigued by was Galen. He’s Dylan’s godfather and a therapist (also closet philosopher?) Despite him being related to Dylan we actually meet him through Neve’s eyes and there’s this one scene during her session with him that I thought he reminded me of a mixture between Morpheus from The Matrix and Dumbledore. He’s the one to shed some light on what’s happening and he did it with so much patience that I found myself asking for more scenes with him.

This whole book is one big mystery for the most part and it might leave the reader a bit confused but then everything starts falling into place and you’re left completely mind-blown. So much of the theories in there resonated with me (see what I did there, hah!) because they’re quite close to what I’ve always thought about the world. Keramati weaves a tale of science fiction and urban fantasy with some really important issues thrown in; from destiny and free will to depression and death. It’s such a spectacular roller coaster and I can’t wait for the next book.

The Fray Theory: Resonance comes out on Aug 31st and you should all grab your copies because there is no way to explain this book (in the same way you’d find it hard to explain Inception) you simply have to read it.

PS. Also, she designed her own cover. How awesome is that??

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I just finished Nevernight by Jay Kristoff and I am not going to lie I am still struggling with how to rate this book. It started off pretty slow for my taste and I was a bit distracted with all the flashbacks in Book 1…that is until I got sucked into Mia’s history more than her present. It did pick up pace in Book 2 though so I only suffered for a few chapters.

Mia Corvere also referred to as Crow, Kingmaker and Pale Daughter is nothing short of a kick-ass heroine, something I really appreciate in my high fantasy novels. The whole plot revolves around her wanting revenge for the death of her family and trying to become an assassin’s apprentice to achieve that. Overall I liked Mia. She was badass, snarky, with just a hint of spitefulness in her. She was also capable of compassion which made her such an interesting character.

What this novel really grabbed me with is the world-building. It’s executed perfectly, guys. I am dying to find out more about the Republic and the Red Church. I need to know more about Mia’s powers. Also if the sequel can somehow bring some more Bastard page time, I’d be a happy camper. I did end up giving it 4/5 stars on Goodreads because  there’s twist there that really took me by surprise.

Pre-orders are running at the moment so get your red sprayed edged copy at Goldsboro’s Books or a black edged from Waterstones.

https://www.waterstones.com/book/nevernight-exclusive-edition/jay-kristoff/9780008179991

Nevernight – Trade Edition with Sprayed Edges