Blog Tour: Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle + Giveaway

31456593Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Published August 8th 2017

If you’re not careful, you can spend your whole life looking for what you’ve lost.

One stormy summer in a small Irish town, things begin to disappear. It starts with trivial stuff—hair clips, house keys, socks—but soon it escalates to bigger things: a memory, a heart, a classmate.

Olive can tell that her best friend, Rose, is different all of a sudden. Rose isn’t talking, and Olive starts to worry she’s losing her. Then diary pages written by someone named Laurel begin to appear all over town. And Olive meets three mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and her twin brother, Rowan, secretly squatting in an abandoned housing development. The trio are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too—and like Rose, they’re holding tightly to painful secrets.

When a tattered handwritten spellbook falls into the lives of these six teenagers, it changes everything. The spellbook is full of charms to conjure back that which has been lost, and it lists a part for each of them to play in the calling. It might be their best chance to set everything back to rights, but only if they’re willing to pay the price.



I really enjoyed The Accident Season so I was super hyped for Spellbook of the Lost and Found.
I love Moïra’s writing style so much. It’s so unique, creative, and almost poetic in some ways. I fell in love with her writing even more with SotLaF. The plot is so entertaining, there’s diverse characters, and the magic is bomb.
The only thing I wasn’t really into was how many perspectives there was. I’m not a big fan of multiple perspectives to begin with so that part of this book kind of drove me nuts at times.
But overall, Spellbook of the Lost and Found is full of creativity, beautiful writing, and magic. It really stands out to me in the sea of YA books and I’d recommend it if you’re looking for something distinctive and interesting.



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About the author


Moïra Fowley-DoyleMoïra Fowley-Doyle is half-French, half-Irish and lives in Dublin with her husband, their young daughters, and their old cat. Moïra’s French half likes red wine and dark books in which everybody dies. Her Irish half likes tea and happy endings. Moïra started a PhD on vampires in young adult fiction before concentrating on writing young adult fiction with no vampires in it whatsoever. She wrote her first novel at the age of eight, when she was told that if she wrote a story about spiders she wouldn’t be afraid of them anymore. Moïra is still afraid of spiders, but has never stopped writing stories. She is the author of The Accident Season and Spellbook of the Lost and Found.



Blog Tour: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor + Giveaway

32968540Akata Witch (Akata Witch #1) by Nnedi Okorafor

Published July 11th 2017 

Sunny Nwazue lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City. Her features are West African, but she’s albino. She’s a terrific athlete, but can’t go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a “free agent” with latent magical power. And she has a lot of catching up to do.

Soon she’s part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But just as she’s finding her footing, Sunny and her friends are asked by the magical authorities to help track down a career criminal who knows magic, too. Will their training be enough to help them against a threat whose powers greatly outnumber theirs?



I’ve been wanting to read Akata Witch ever since I seen it on Tumblr a few months ago. The cover is so beautiful and the synopsis sounded amazing. I heard that Akata Witch is “The Nigerian Harry Potter” and that definitely sold me.
My favorite thing about this book is the writing. It’s rare for me to come across a book with such timeless and articulate writing. Nnedi Okorafor is so talented and I’ll be reading any book she writes.
The characters were all well written and complex. I really loved Sunny from the first chapter and as the book went on, the more I loved her.
I also loved the world building and concept so much. It was so imaginative and unique.

I really can’t think of anything I didn’t like about this book. Akata Witch is a fantastic fantasy with beautiful world building and rich with culture. I definitely recommend picking up this book.



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18746776Akata Warrior (Akata Witch #2) by Nnedi Okorafor

Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 

A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, an American-born girl Nigerian girl, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society. As she began to develop her magical powers, Sunny learned that she had been chosen to lead a dangerous mission to avert an apocalypse, brought about by the terrifying masquerade, Ekwensu. Now, stronger, feistier, and a bit older, Sunny is studying with her mentor Sugar Cream and struggling to unlock the secrets in her strange Nsibidi book. 

Eventually, Sunny knows she must confront her destiny. With the support of her Leopard Society friends, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha, and of her spirit face, Anyanwu, she will travel through worlds both visible and invisible to the mysteries town of Osisi, where she will fight a climactic battle to save humanity.

Much-honored Nnedi Okorafor, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, merges today’s Nigeria with a unique world she creates. Akata Warrior blends mythology, fantasy, history and magic into a compelling tale that will keep readers spellbound.



About the Author


Nnedi OkoraforNnedi Okorafor was born in the United States to two Igbo (Nigerian) immigrant parents. She holds a PhD in English and is a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University. She has been the winner of many awards for her short stories and young adult books, and won a World Fantasy Award for Who Fears Death. Nnedi’s books are inspired by her Nigerian heritage and her many trips to Africa. She lives in Chicago with her daughter Anyaugo and family. She can be contacted via her website,














Blog Tour: Once and for All by Sarah Dessen + Giveaway

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Once and for All by Sarah Dessen


Published June 6th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.



I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

This was my forth Sarah Dessen book and they’re so addicting and fun. Dessen books have become my new favorite way to get out of reading slumps.

I, for some unknown reason, had absurdly high expectations for Once and for All. I don’t know if it was the cute colors of the cover or the synopsis was calling to me but I went into this book expecting a lot. And it actually delivered for the most part. I’m very impressed that a book that I had high hopes for wasn’t a complete fail.
I thought the plot of this book was extremely fun and I can definitely see myself rereading Once and for All. I loved all the weddings so much. It was really different from other books I’ve read and I appreciated that a lot.
I also really liked the characters. I loved the dynamics between Louna and Ambrose. The dialogue between them was awesome and I really fell in love with both characters.
I loved how realistic Louna and Ambrose’s relationship was. There wasn’t any insta-love, which I’m not a fan of, so that was a big plus for me.
The only thing I’m not really into is how even though Louna and her mom are described as having olive skin tones early on in the book, that doesn’t seem to be reflected on the cover of the book. I wish there had been a more accurate and representative model on the cover.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it’s definitely one of my favorite books from Sarah (tied with Just Listen for my favorite). I loved Louna and Ambrose so much and I’m still laughing over some of the things Ambrose said. If you want a fun YA contemporary, I definitely recommend Once and for All.


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About the author

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Sarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association. Sarah lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine. Visit her online at







Blog Tour: The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr + Giveaway

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The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

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A cross between Memento and Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, this is a unique, breathtaking page-turner about a girl with no short-term memory and her remarkable journey to find the one boy able to penetrate her fractured mind.
Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. She lives under the careful watch of her parents, in a town she is familiar with, among people who are equally familiar with her story. She has not been able to recall any part of her past since she was ten, when the tumor that was removed from her brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this singular memory pierces Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake and their shared kiss are responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step in reclaiming her life.
With little more than the tattoo “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is, how old, where she lives, and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to the land of the midnight sun–Svalbard, Norway. There she is determined to find Drake, and to explore the romantic possibilities and hopeful future that their reunion promises her. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.
Rich with psychological twists, powerful moments of hope, despair, and confusion, and a landscape very much a character unto itself, The One Memory of Flora Banks is an emotionally compelling and immersive read that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit, the depths of the human heart, and the power of the human mind.

Published May 2nd 2017 by Penguin Teen



I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book made me feel so many different feelings. I really liked it but I was also a bit frustrated at times.

I liked Flora even though she was a little slow at times and pretty naive. I thought she was a very interesting character. I did kind of annoy me that the one thing she could remember was a boy. This book did tend to be more about the boy than Flora and I would have liked it to focus more on Flora and her well being.

The One Memory of Flora Banks reminded me a bit of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver in the sense that it was repetitive. I honestly can’t think of a better way to represent Flora’s disability and situation but if you’re easily annoyed by a tedious plot, you might want to skip this book.

I did really enjoy the writing style. I thought this book was really well written and I also really liked Flora’s friendship with Paige.

Overall, I had some mixed feelings when reading this book but in the end, I enjoyed it. It’s pretty different from most books I’ve read and I really appreciate the originality.


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About the author

unnamedEmily Barr ( began her career as a journalist at the Guardian before realizing that she was drawn more toward books. After taking a year to go backpacking for a column assignment, she returned home with the idea for her first book, the New York Times bestseller Backpack, and never looked back. She has since written 11 additional books for adults. The One Memory of Flora Banks is her young adult debut. Emily lives in Cornwall with her partner and their children. You can follow her on Twitter @emily_barr.


Blog Tour: The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley

30969271The Shadow Sister (The Seven Sisters #3) by Lucinda Riley

Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Atria Books

Travel through the lush English countryside and explore the magnificent estates of the British aristocracy in this next spellbinding love story in The Seven Sisters series by #1 internationally bestselling author Lucinda Riley.

Star D’Aplièse is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father—the elusive billionaire, affectionately called Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted from across the four corners of the world. He has left each of them a clue to her true heritage, and Star nervously decides to follow hers, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world.

A hundred years earlier, headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol vows she will never marry. She is happy and secure in her home in England’s picturesque Lake District—just a stone’s throw away from the residence of her childhood idol, Beatrix Potter—when machinations lead her to London, and the home of one of Edwardian society’s most notorious society hostesses, Alice Keppel. Flora is torn between passionate love and her duty to her family, but finds herself a pawn in a larger game. That is, until a meeting with a mysterious gentleman unveils the answers that Flora has been searching for her whole life…

As Star learns more of Flora’s incredible journey, she too goes on a voyage of discovery, finally stepping out of the shadow of her sister and opening herself up to the possibility of love.

The Shadow Sister is the third in the sweeping Seven Sisters series, “soaked in glamour and romance” (Daily Mail) and perfect for fans of Downton Abbey and the novels of Kate Morton.


I was sent an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Even though this is the third installment, I heard it could be read on its own so that’s what I did. That being said, I definitely want to go back and read the first two books.

I enjoyed this book so much! It was so incredibly well written. It almost read like a film in an odd (yet wonderful) way. It was descriptive without getting caught up in the details and making the story drag.
I really loved the setting. This is one of my favorite historical fictions that I’ve read.
I wasn’t a big fan of the main character, Star, but I thought she had some really great character development. It wasn’t a massive change but it was really well written development.

Overall, this is such a fun read and I really enjoyed it. It’s amazingly well written and I can’t wait to go back to read the first two books. If you’re looking for a historical fiction, I definitely recommend picking this book up.


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The Seven Sisters series has been optioned to be adapted for television by Raffaella de Laurentiis’s company Raffaella Productions. Daughter of legendary filmmaker Dino de Laurentiis, Raffaella has worked as a producer and studio executive in film and television for decades, including well-known projects like Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Forbidden Kingdom starring Jackie Chan, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and Dragonheart and its sequels.

About the author

Lucinda Riley

Lucinda Riley is the #1 internationally bestselling author of sixteen novels, including The Seven Sisters and The Storm Sister. Her books have sold more than eight million copies in thirty four languages. Lucinda lives with her husband and four children on the North Norfolk coast in England and West Cork, Ireland. Visit her online at



Blog Tour: Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza + Giveaway


empress-coverEmpress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Publication: February 7th 2017 by Razorbill

Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.

With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.



This book was almost everything I wanted it to be and more.
I absolutely fell in love with the word building and the characters were amazing. I’d never read a “space opera”, as this was repeatedly described as, but I loved it. It was so exciting and fun and I couldn’t get enough of it. It was a little confusing at times but I didn’t mind.
I really liked the characters even though I never became emotionally invested in them.
The only reason I gave this book four stars is because the synopsis says Rhee and Aly “are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy” and that never really happens.
But other than that, I loved this book. Empress of a Thousand Skies has diverse characters, an awesome concept, and killer world building.



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About Rhoda Belleza


Rhoda Belleza was raised in Los Angeles, where she grew up writing XFiles fanfiction and stuffing her face with avocados. When she’s not writing, Rhoda obsesses over nail art tutorials, watches kung fu movies, and sews together crooked things that pass for clothes. She’s a children’s editor at a publishing house and writes from a sunny Brooklyn apartment stuffed far too many bikes and far too many shoes. Empress of a Thousand Skies is her debut novel.

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Guest Post: Top 5 Things to Know About City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson + Giveaway


We’re so excited to be participating in the City of Saints and Thieves blog tour and we’re super honored to have a guest post from  Natalie herself! Be sure to check out the giveaway for a chance to win one of five finished copies of City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie Anderson.

Without any further ado, here’s Natalie’s Top 5 Things to Know About City of Saints and Thieves.

  1. The City: City of Saints and Thieves is set in a fictional city in Kenya. Sangui City is both old and modern, with architecture and culture influenced by hundreds of years of trade with the Arab world, India and China, just like the real coastal cities of Mombasa and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. But it also has the energy and edge of Nairobi. And like Nairobi, it’s a place of extremes, where both the fabulously wealthy and abjectly poor live within a stone’s throw of each other. I lived in Nairobi for about three years and traveled extensively in Africa for work, and just couldn’t pick one spot to base the story. But one of the great perks of being a writer is that you get to make stuff up. :)
  2. The main character, Tina (aka Tiny Girl) is a street-wise girl who had to grow up fast. After her mother was killed she left the wealthy Greyhill manor where she lived, and began fending for herself, ending up joining a ruthless gang, the Goondas. That’s where she honed her skills as a thief and started working on her plan to avenge her mother’s death. She’s a loner. She would tell you she doesn’t have time for friends, and all that really matters to her is her plans for revenge and making sure her kid sister Kiki stays safe. 
  3. It’s a story of revenge. Or is it? City of Saints and Thieves starts with Tina making it clear that the thing she wants most in the world is revenge against the man she knows murdered her mother. And there’s no way she’s wrong about who the killer is. After all, she practically overheard him say he was going to do the deed. She’s been focused on making him pay for practically her whole life. Just as her plan is being set into motion she gets caught red-handed by her once-best friend (who inconveniently happens to be the murderer’s son). He’ll only let her go if they work together to get solid proof, once and for all, of who the murderer is. 
  4. The Rules: Tina has a rule for everything. (The working title of the book, in fact, was Rules for Thieves) Every time something bad happens she makes a rule for herself out of it, so she’ll never make the same mistake twice. Tina would never explain it this way, but Boyboy would tell you that It’s her way of maintaining control over her otherwise rather unstable life. The rules keep her focused and sharp, which she needs if she’s going to carry out her plan for revenge.
  5. Tina and her mother left DR Congo as refugees when Tina was only five. Millions of people have fled Congo over the years, as the Eastern part of country has gone through periods of severe instability dating back to colonial times. The recent conflicts in the area where Tina is from are incredibly complex, with dozens of different paramilitary groups, several different nearby countries, and other international governments and companies involved. Why? Because mining for tin, copper, diamonds, tantalum, gold and other minerals is a huge source of wealth for all of them. And while these resources could go into developing the country, the government is both corrupt and also not stable enough to ensure that mines are run safely. And in fact, many militia groups and government soldiers alike use mining and slave labor to fund themselves. If you’re interested in learning more, The Enough Project has some excellent reports:


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Publication: January 24th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling YA murder mystery set in Kenya.
In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.


About Natalie C. Anderson:

Natalie C. AndersonNatalie C. Anderson is a writer and international development professional living in Boston, Massachusetts. She has spent the last decade working with NGOs and the UN on refugee relief and development, mainly in Africa. She was selected as the 2014-2015 Associates of the Boston Public Library Children’s Writer in Residence, where she wrote her debut novel, City of Saints and Thieves.

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Crystal Storms Blog Tour + Giveaway!

I’m so honored to be a part of this Crystal Storm Blog Tour! This is a post re-capping all that has happened thus far leading to Crystal Storm! You’ll find a giveaway at the bottom of this post. And don’t forget to pre-order your copy of Crystal Storm!

23367261Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes
Publication Date : December 13, 2016

An epic clash between gods and mortals threatens to tear Mytica apart . . . and prove that not even the purest of love stands a chance against the strongest of magic.

MAGNUS and CLEO are forced to test the strength of their love when Gaius returns to Mytica claiming he’s no longer the King of Blood but a changed man seeking redemption.

LUCIA, pregnant with the child of a Watcher, has escaped the clutches of the unhinged fire god. Her powers are dwindling as she goes forth to fulfill a prophecy that will keep her baby safe . . . but could mean her demise.

JONAS treks back to Mytica with a plan to overtake Amara, but fate takes hold when he runs into the beautiful Princess Lucia and joins her on her perilous journey.

AMARA has taken the Mytican throne, but with no way to unleash the water magic trapped within her stolen crystal, she’ll never be able to seize glory and get sweet revenge.

And what kind of darkness will descend–and who will be safe–after Prince Ashur reveals the dangerous price he paid to cheat death?



12954620Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Published : December 11, 2012

It all starts here in Mytica. A place divided into three kingdoms Auranos, Limeros and Palesia. Magic has been long gone and in some of these kingdoms those who are suspected of wielding magic are killed.

This book is told in the four main perspectives of Magnus (prince of Limeros) , Lucia (princess of Limeros), Cleo (Princess of Auranos) and Jonas (citizen of Palesia).


  • Princess Cleiona is in the wrong place at the wrong time when Aron, her friend  lets his temper and pride get the best of him, resulting in the death of a Palasian citizen
  • Magnus is prince of Limeros and spends his time trying to win the good graces of his father while…also pining for his sister romantically.
  • Jonas, the brother of the man that was murdered by Aron, begins spending his time seeking for revenge as well as beginning the rise of the rebellion group.
  • Cleo’s sister Emelia has fallen ill and in attempts to save her Cleo flees to Palasia to find magical grape seeds. While there, Cleo and her friend Nic (who has helped her sneak out of Auranos) find an old woman and keeps them for the night as she tells them about The Watchers and the tale of the kindred. The story brings Cleo hope that magic will be the key to getting rid of her sister’s illness.
  • Lucia discovers she can wield magic and she tries her best to hide them in fear that her father will punish her for being a witch since magic is forbidden in Limeros and those found with magic are killed. She tells Magnus and he helps her grow her powers by practicing with her in secret.
  • While trying to keep Lucia’s magic a secret, King Giaus’ mistress Sabina catches wind of the magic and tries to get Magnus to spill Lucia’s secret by cornering him and trying to seduce him, while this is happening Lucia sees this happen and unleashes her magic and lights Sabina on fire…killing her.
  • King Giaus finds out about Lucia’s magic and plans to use it to bring down King Bellos in Auranos.
  • As King Giaus’ plan comes together he sends Magnus to Paelsia to get Cleo and bring her to Limeros for ransom. Jonas in the meantime has kidnapped Cleo and has been keeping her hidden under the watch of a guard named Theon. With Theon’s help Cleo and NIc escape and as this is happening Magnus finds them. Theon helps fight off the Limerian soliders but ends up dying at Magnus’ hand. Cleo, extremely distraught due to the fact her and Theon have expressed a hidden love for each other previously to escaping. Nic helps Cleo escape and they flee to Auranos.
  • Magnus tries to have a romantic moment with Lucia….that didn’t go over well.
  • Limeros and Paelsia gather together and begin to go Auranos to bring it down. A battle begins in Auranos where Magnus gets hurt, but is healed by Lucia’s earth magic as she also uses her magic to bring down the gates of Auranos which have been said to be forged by magic. While this is all happening, Emilia, Cleo’s sister is brought to the brink of death and Cleo tries to save her by the seeds but it does not work and Emilia passes. As Auranos is brought down by Limeros and Paelsia, Cleo finds her father, who gives Cleo a special amethyst ring. As he does this he dies in Cleo’s arms.
  • Lucia’s use of her magic puts her into a coma.
  • Auranos with the loss of their king surrenders and King Giaus moves into the castle at Auranos.
  • Cleo tries to flee, but ultimately is captured by Magnus….after trying the whole damn book.

16000044 Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
Published: December 3rd, 2013

The road to power… is paved with blood and magic.

Cleo is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people.
Magnus stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia.
Lucia is haunted by the outcome of the breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms.
Jonas watched at the palace gates a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius.

After a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over…

At the heart of the fray are four brave young people grappling for that magic and the power it promises. For Cleo, the magic would enable her to reclaim her royal seat. In Jonas’s hands, it frees his nation, and in Lucia’s, it fulfills the ancient prophecy of her destiny. And if the magic were Magnus’s, he would finally prove his worth in the eyes of his cruel and scheming father, King Gaius, who rules Mytica with a punishing hand.

When Gaius begins to build a road into the Forbidden Mountains to physically link all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land. For Gaius’s road is paved with blood, and its construction will have cosmic consequences.


  • King Giaus announces that MAGNUS AND CLEO ARE SUPPOSED TO GET MARRIED?! He also announces a new road that will run through all three kingdoms and bring unity (yeah okay.)
  • Jonas begins to gather people as a rebel group. One being Brion one of his friends and a girl named Lyssandra who has lost her brother.
  • Lucia is still snoozing.
  • This crazy lady Milenia ends up being the “King’s Adviser” and tells him if he listens to everything she says, he’s going to be an immortal god based off the magic she can provide for him (HOW IS THIS NOT A RED FLASHING SIGN OF EVIL?!)
  • Giaus is building this road to find the kindred who are supposedly at the bottom of the forbidden mountain, but as he builds the road he’s killing people because you know, blood magic is a great idea. When in reality blood magic is supposed to awaken the kindred by causing natural disasters when blood is spilt.
  • Lucia meets Alexius who is a watcher in her coma dreams, and they end up quite fond of each other (most people ship it, I didn’t). The king is anxious for Lucia to wake as is Magnus but Queen Althea has been giving Lucia potions to keep her asleep. Althea has been getting the potion from a witch who uses blood magic, one night when Althea goes to get more potion, she gets murdered.
  • Jonas kidnaps Cleo (again) and leaves a note for Giaus telling him to stop construction on the road or Cleo dies. Cleo ends up choosing to help the rebels while with Jonas, and they also share a kiss. Cleo decides it’s probably for the best to go back and be a spy for the rebels and pretend to go on with the wedding as planned, where at the wedding the rebels can rise and try to kill Giaus and Magnus.
  • Manus finds out that his mother is dead and Giaus shows Magnus the dagger that killed her. Matches the dagger that Aron used to kill Tomas(Jonas’ brother) so it MUST be Jonas who killed Althea. (Must be).
  • Cleo’s wedding day comes, and the rebels strike. But the King isn’t an idiot so he also had soldiers dressed as citizen and tons of people die, but blood magic happens and a mighty earthquake brings down the temple of cleonia (cleo’s namesake). The King is pissed at Cleo and slaps her and forces her to continue the ceremony and marry Magnus. (I kinda ship it)
  • Cleo meets Prince Ashur of Kreishia (the land across the sea) at her wedding reception/banquet and they chat about the Kindred.
  • Lucia has now woken up due to the fact that Althea can no longer bring her sleeping potions. Lucia’s magic is strong within her and feels darkness pulling her.
  • The king makes Magnus and Cleo go on a wedding tour ending in Limeros. Where a wedding gift they receive is a stone wheel commonly used for Watchers to come in and out of realms. Cleo (for some reason) touches the wheel and her ring starts glowing.
  • Magnus and Cleo kiss and Cleo digs it. (YAAAAS MAGNEO)
  • Nic confesses his love to Cleo but she denies him, he goes to a bar and meets Prince Ashur who asks him about Cleo’s ring and he doesn’t tell him anything and leaves and runs into Ashur again where Nic thinks he’ll die at Ashur’s hand BUT Asher kisses him instead. (*throws confetti* YAS YAS YAS)
  • Magnus is sent to the forbidden mountain camp site to get info for his father. When he gets there with Aron, Aron sees a woman he likes and asks her to have dinner with him. Magnus leaves and roams about and when he goes back to the tent, Magnus sees Aron trying to force himself upon the young woman.  Magnus sends the girl away and ends up having dinner with Aron after noticing his dagger (fyi it matches the one that killed Althea). Magnus and Aron fight, resulting in the death of Aron.  
  • Rebels attack the camp and Jonas gets stabbed when a watcher who has been following Jonas takes human form (now she can’t go back to the sanctuary) and saves Jonas with grape seeds that have earth magic
  • Phaedra saves Jonas from Magnus and Phaedra’s brother (who runs the campsite and is an exiled watcher) shows up and under Milenia’s orders kills Phaedra.
  • Jonas and the rest of the rebels flee the site. Jonas gets away but Lysandra is caught and put into prison where she is re-united with her brother who was graced with dreams where Phedra would appear.
  • Cleo goes to see Lucia, Lucia is upset she killed her rabbit with her magic and Cleo goes to comfort her, touching her makes her ring glow and calm Lucia’s magic down. They decide to be friends.

17342700Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes
Published : December 9 2014

In GATHERING DARKNESS, book three of the New York Times bestselling Falling Kingdoms series, the stakes have never been higher as three teams push forward on a race to find the Kindred, the four elemental crystals possessing ancient all-powerful magic, first:

Prince Magnus has just witnessed torture, death, and miracles during the bloody confrontation that decimated the rebel forces. Now he must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica. All Gaius needs now are the Kindred – the four elemental crystals that give godlike powers to their owner. But the King of Blood is not the only one hunting for this ancient, storied magic…

  • Jonas is caught by a group of Limerian guards. He’s saved by Felix and they end up pairing together.
  • Princess Amara shows up from Kreashia to meet up with her brother.
  • Nic tells Cleo about him and Ashur and Cleo asks him to keep up appearances so Nic can feed her information about him and his sister.
  • Jonas sends word through Nerissa, the rebel disguised as a palace servant, to give to Cleo. Jonas and Cleo meet at a temple, and Cleo agrees to be a spy for him.
  • Giaus asks Gregor to tell him about his dreams, he refuses to do so, but then breaks down and tells him everything, so he beheads him in front of lysandra (He’s not crazy at all) .
  • The Kraeshians are looking for the Kindred as well (Thanks Nic!)
  • Lucia meets Alexius in his human form, he’s no longer allowed to go back to the Sanctuary (He’s done it all for her because he loves her) Alexius goes to the palace with Lucia and tells the king he’s there to be Lucia’s tutor. And they practice her elementia. When Alexius and Cleo meet, he tells her about the ring and it’s origin.
  • Lucia starts performing rituals to awaken and summon the elemental crystals with Alexius’ help. The first being the earth crystal which they find out is at the Temple of Cleiona. Lucia, Alexius, Magnus and Cleo go there to claim it but someone has already taken it. Turns out, Cleo had given Jonas a head’s up and he went to the Temple and got it before Alexius,Lucia, Magnus and Cleo got there.
  • Lucia uses a lot of her power to awaken the final crystal which resides in Limeros. When she uses as much power as she can she has a vision revealing that Melenia (her father’s advisor) had a hand in killing Eva. She also finds out from Alexius that Melenia had spies and saw Jonas take the crystal which means Cleo has been lying to them about where she stands allegiance wise.
  • Cleo goes to see Lucia where Lucia uses her magic and almost kills Cleo where she is then taken to the dungeons and kept there as a prisoner. Lucia then goes to find Alexius telling him they should flee and go elope and get married at the Temple of Veloria in Limeros and they run away.
  • Cleo is in the dungeon and Magnus goes to interrogate her. She tells him that she’s done nothing wrong and Magnus reveals that Lucia and Alexius have eloped. Cleo then tells Magnus that Alexius is using her to get the kindred, and then Magnus kills the guard on duty and they escape.
  • Cleo and Magnus get to Limeros and stay in the home of someone Magnus knows. Cleo and Magnus share a moment where Magnus says that she’s someone who can make him better and brightens up his life with her bravery. And then they kiss (DEAR GOD I SHIP THEM SO MUCH). Meanwhile, Amara is on her way to Limeros with Nic in tow (via sleeping potion) and meets up with Cleo and Magnus and she drags them to the temple.
  • Lucia goes to the temple to claim the final Kindred. Blood has to be spilt to awaken it, and Alexius stabs Lucia in the stomach to awaken the crystal under Melenia’s command. Alexius then kills himself.
  • The Kraeshians, Cleo and Magnus show up and Amara tries to claim the crystal but someone has already claimed it. Nic appears revealing he has the crystal with the help of Ashur who then tries to talk to Amara. Ashur then gets stabbed by Amara and Nic goes to hold him as he dies and drops the crystal and amara takes it and leaves.
  • Before Amara leaves she commands her guard to kill everyone and the guard tries to kill Magnus but before he can do so Cleo kills the soldier first.
  • Lucia returns to the cliffs near the Limerian Palace. There she does a ritual Alexius had taught her to do and in reality it’s to release the fire kindred. He appears and as does Melenia. The kindred, being Melenia’s former lover. She was happy to see him but he was furious at her. With no more use for Lucia, Melenia went to go kill her but Lucia used her magic to drain Melenia of her power and stabbed her to end her life.

The fire kindred then asks Lucia for her help in re-uniting him with the rest of his other kindred spirits. She agrees.


17342701 Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes
Published : December 15, 2015

CLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara’s abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.

MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.

LUCIA: The young sorcercess has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.

JONAS: After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger–leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

KING GAIUS: Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.


  • Lucia and Kyan (Fire Kindred) are on their way to Paelsia.
  • Felix has the air kindred (unawakened)
  • Jonas and Lysandra have the earth kindred (unawakened)
  • In Limeros Magnus claims his throne from the kingsliege who is a total jerk
  • Jonas and Lysandra try to assasinate the king (again) but they miss him before he leaves to Kraeshia. -Jonas gets stabbed in the shoulder which starts to fester.
  • Lucia and Kyan go to find the portal to the Sanctuary to kill Thimotheus the Elder in the Sanctuary. Because he’s the only person who can imprison him again. And Lucia decides that she wants to search for her birth father.
  • Felix is trying to get into the good graces of the king, and gives King Giaus the air crystal and becomes his body guard for the trip to Kraeshia.
  • When Amara arrives to Kraeshia her father gives her a bit of a cold shoulder. We learn that Amara was part of a Kraeshian ritual where the king tries to drown his unwanted daughter, but she survived due to her mother giving her a potion that would save her life.
  • In Limeros Magnus now allows Cleo to sit in on council meetings even though the rest of the council sees having a woman on the council as unethical but Cleo completely dominates and makes a suggestion on exporting wine to help bring in funds. Magnus agreed while the rest of the Limerian Council does not due to the prohibition of alcohol in Limeros.
  • Jonas runs into a witch named Olivia who heals him and joins Jonas and Lysandra and helps them travel to Limeros to kill Magnus. When they get there, they then meet up with Cleo and end up working with Magnus to Kill King Giaus.
  • Lucia and Kyan are in Limeros and seeking the stone wheel that lets Kyan travel into the sanctuary. Lucia uses her magic to make Magnus tell her the location of the stone, but when she goes to find it, it is gone. Lucia notices Kyan’s irritability and begins to question whether or not she should be working with him. But they travel through Mytica anyway to find gateways. Timotheus goes to Lucia in her dream and tries to tell her not to pair with Kyan but she continues to align herself with him.
  • King Giaus and Felix get to Kraeshia where the King of Kraeshia forces Amara and Giaus to wed. Giaus tells Amara’s father that he has all the Kindred and Amara ends up poisoning all her brothers and father at their wedding banquet and blames it on Felix who then gets put into the dungeons and tortured.
  • Lucia ends up finding her sister and Lucia ends up quite disappointed by Laelia. Lucia and Kyan keep moving and run into Jonas, Lysandra and Olivia. Kyan ends up killing Lysandra (such an upsetting scene) and Olivia’s secret that she’s a watcher sent by Timotheus is revealed, she then flees for her own protection.
  • Jonas and Nic go to Kraeshia to kill King Giaus. While there they find Kraeshian revolutionaries. They break Felix out of prison and find out that King Giaus has already begun to return to Mytica. Jonas sends message to Magnus and Cleo via Olivia (in her hawk form) that King Giaus is coming home with Amara as his new queen.
  • Lucia finds out she’s pregnant through Timotheus telling her in her dream.
  • Magnus finds the earth Kindred in Cleo’s room and ends up fighting with her about it.
  • King Giaus wants to kill Cleo in order to get Magnus under his control once again. Cleo bucks up and performs a speech in front of the Limerians asking them to claim Magnus as their true King (Pretty sure this is when Magnus legitimately falls in love with Cleo). The Kraeshians show up and kidnap Cleo, Magnus goes to rescue her but gets stuck in a snow storm. Cleo escapes and grabs a horse and heads to the woods where she meets up with Magnus in a hidden cottage (she almost attacks him, by the way). They spend the night there and holy cow, that’s a great scene because they just get all lovey dovey and I can’t stand it but I love it too.
  • Lucia and Kyan figure out that magic is in the forbidden mountains and they go there. Lucia and Kyan fight about whether to destroy the world or not and Lucia ends up in a fight with Kyan where she beats him with a blast of fire.
  • -Cleo and Magnus are found by the King. He tells Magnus to kill Cleo but Magnus decides not to. Instead Magnus and the King get into a sword fight which is short lived due to Cleo threatening to throw the Earth Kindred off the cliff. She ends up dropping it and The King ends up falling down the cliff while Cleo is saved by Magnus. They end up going to his body (more to retrieve the earth kindred) and finding out he’s not really dead.
  • Jonas, Nic and Felix get on a ship to go back to Mytica. They also find Theon’s twin brother (Cleo’s love from book 1) and he decides to join the crew to avenge Theon’s death (which Nic and Jonas get in a bit of a tiff about) And as they leave they see Prince Ashur approach them…but….he was dead though…WHAT!?

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    5295120Morgan Rhodes lives in Ontario, Canada. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess — the kind that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous. Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, reality TV, and is an extremely picky, yet voracious reader of all kinds of books. Under another pen name, she’s a national bestselling author of many paranormal novels. Falling Kingdoms is her first high fantasy.


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Blog Tour: Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland +Review



28186273Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Published October 4th 2016 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.
Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.


I really loved this book. It was funny and cute but it also had a lot of meaning. I loved how everything was balanced and it wasn’t just a fluffy contemporary and it wasn’t one of those books that will leave you feeling like you got ran over by a train. It was the perfect mix of funny and serious.
I loved the characters so much and even the secondary characters were really amazing and well written. I thought the characters had interesting and different perspectives. They weren’t like any characters that I’ve read about before and I really appreciated that.
Overall, Our Chemical Hearts is a great read. It’s so well written and original. If you’re looking for a new favorite contemporary, definitely pick up Our Chemical Hearts.




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Blog Tour: The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia + Review





coverThe Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

Publication: October 4th 2016 by Imprint

I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?


I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started The Lovely Reckless but it was 10x better than I ever could have expected. I loved this book so much.
The Lovely Reckless isn’t a book that I would normally pick up but I’m kind of obsessed with it.
The plot is so much fun and entertaining. The writing is flawless and the characters are so well written. I read the whole book in just two sittings. It has some insta-love and even though I’m not a fan of insta-love, I didn’t think it was a big deal.
Overall, The Lovely Reckless is such a fun, addicting read. I really enjoyed it and I can definitely see myself rereading.


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About Kami Garcia


2895706.jpgKami Garcia is the #1 New York Times, USA Today & international bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures novels. Kami’s solo series, The Legion, includes the instant New York Times bestseller UNBREAKABLE, and the sequel UNMARKED. Her forthcoming YA contemporary romance THE LOVELY RECKLESS releases on October 4, 2016, followed by THE X-FILESORIGINS: AGENT OF CHAOS, a novel about a teenage Fox Mulder, in January 2017, both from Imprint (Macmillan).

Kami was a teacher for seventeen years before co-authoring her first novel on a dare from seven of her students. If she isn’t busy watching Supernatural, Kami can teach you how to escape from a pair of handcuffs or bake a Coca-Cola cake. She lives in Maryland with her family, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Visit Kami at and on Twitter and Instagram @kamigarcia.

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