Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye - Review

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love... or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear... the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

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So I finished The Crown's Game at 12:30 this morning. I'm going to try and get my feelings down, though they might be indiscernible and make no sense. So get ready. 

First of all, I absolutely loved The Crown's Game. If you like V.E. Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows, you will love this book.

The world is incredibly vivid and rich with both Russian culture and history as well as Evelyn's own unique touches. The characters are complex and interesting. The magic and lore is fascinating, not so complex that it takes a lot of thinking but explained in such an ethereal, mystic, almost natural way. I liked that it was this natural force, interwoven in the country and the people themselves.

Overall, I thought the story was great. Some people might find some of the angst - the love almost at first sight, the secrets surrounding the Game, the mother/son father/daughter issues - to be a little trying. It's really the only reason I'm not giving it 5 cupcakes. These things didn't bother me, probably because I was expecting it from the beginning and I enjoy those plot points in a fantasy book like this, but some may find it too predictable/expected.

The real star of this book (as it should be I think?) is the magic and the tasks that Vika and Nikolai undertake. They make the plot move well both in conflict and it aesthetics - the way that each character plays with magic, the way that their magic is described, and the way their magic interacts with one another, is gorgeous and visceral. The tasks and their use of magic reveals so much about each character, whether it's Vika and Nikolai fighting for the right to live, their competitive mentors Sergei and Galina, or the flighty and restless prince, Pasha. Much like the magic flows throughout the city and both enchanters, it plays with the reader's senses - each turn is filled not only with grandiose, stunning visual acts of power, but also quieter, gentler gifts, as if the book in itself was one of the moves in the game, a thing of power and beauty and magic.

The book as a whole was a journey. Pasha, Nikolai's best friend and prince of Russia, is always searching for an adventure, and this story is a great one. While I predicted the end of the book about halfway through my reading, it didn't dull the feelings of apprehension, adrenaline, and wonder when I reached the end. The Crown's Game is filled with magic, power, and heart and I can't wait (I CAN'T WAIT) until the sequel, The Crown's Heir, coming next year.
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Happy Reading!


Friday, June 24, 2016

COVER REVEAL - Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh

The Guild Hunter series is one of my favorite series of all time, and I am so, so, SO excited to share the cover of the next book, ARCHANGEL'S HEART, which releases on November 1st!

Without further adieu... 
*screams* ISN'T IT BEAUTIFUL?! I mean, ahem, really nice, right?  


One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.

Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…

Nothing will ever be the same again.

Archangel’s Heart is the 9th book in the
Guild Hunter series.

Preorder here:
And make sure to add Archangel's Heart on Goodreads!

Nalini Singh is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. She lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing.

If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts and free short stories on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. The Rock Kiss books are all stand alone and can be read in any order.

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I cannot wait until this book releases in November and I get to return to the amazingness that is Elena and Raphael. Until then...

Happy Reading!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Pivotal Moments #TWT

*I know that the last word isn't technically a word, but Zver truly deserves his own spot ;)

Monday, June 13, 2016

Maybe Someday - Review

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance.

At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She's in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter's cheating on her--and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can't take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there's something about Sydney that Ridge can't ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one...

Original music created for Maybe Someday by musician Griffin Peterson can be accessed through the website listed in the ebook and paperback. 

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope, Maybe Someday is destined to be another bestseller and long-lasting fan favorite.

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Alright guys, bear with me.  I absolutely loved this book when I first read it and I love it more every time I reread it (which is often).  It is one of my favorite reads in 2014 and I can't imagine my love lessening in 2015.  So, without further adieu, my review!

Maybe Someday is character driven and the characters that Colleen Hoover has created are complicated, real, diverse, and hilarious.  I love Sidney and how she grabs ahold of everything going wrong in her life.  She's brave and funny and I can't gush about her enough.  And then there's Ridge (UGH), the guitar playing, unfortunately taken Prince Charming that offers a couch to a recently homeless Sidney.  And you can only imagine the kind of trouble all of that would cause on a poor girl's heart. His character is one that I haven't encountered often in books and was so excited and pleased to experience.  With a slew of wonderfully developed supportive characters, Hoover created an all star cast and had me cheering and crying and banging my head on a wall with their actions and emotions.

Another reason why I love Maybe Someday is the amazing way Hoover deals with communication.  I won't spoil anything but let's just say that Sidney and Ridge's conversations and the way they communicate with one another is amazing and warmed my heart.

Maybe Someday is filled with stunning characters that will make you scream, laugh, and cry.  The way all her characters recklessly and fearlessly push towards what they want and what they need is amazing and makes me want to read this story over and over and over again, and each time I finish it with tears and a huge smile.
Check out all the amazing extras (including music from the book!):

Also, here's a prequel novella, Maybe Not, for when you finish and you want more: 
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Colleen Hoover is the New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope.  Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. 

Make sure to check this book out so we gush over it together!

Happy Reading!


Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Bird and the Sword #TWT

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Me Before You #TWT