The Library is Open: Drag Queen Book Recos

The Library is Open

Hey Bookworms!

I don’t know about you but I am completely obsessed with Rupaul’s Drag Race. For those who do not know what it is, Rupaul’s Drag Race is a reality TV competition for Drag Queens to compete to be America’s next Drag Superstar. Think America’s Next Top Model meets Project Runway.

There is fashion, make-up, runways, acting, music, comedy and so much more. But what makes the show is the Drag Queens themselves. Their larger than life personalities, outrageous costumes and makeup, and their outstanding stage presence make them superstars in their own right.

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Crystal Blade Blog Tour (Guest Post + Giveaway!)

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I’m so thrilled to be on the blog tour for CRYSTAL BLADE! I really enjoyed BURNING GLASS, and I can’t wait to pick up my own copy of the sequel!

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Crystal Blade by Kathryn Purdie
Series:
 Burning Glass #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication: August 15th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
Length: 384 pages

The peace is unsustainable.

Sonya and Anton may have brought about a revolution, but can they protect their homeland—and their love—with so many forces threatening to tear them apart?

The empire has fallen, Valko faces trial, and Sonya is finally free from her fate as Sovereign Auraseer. But Sonya’s expanding abilities are just as unstable as the new government of Riaznin—and her relationship with Anton. Not only can she feel the emotions of others but, unlike other Auraseers, she’s learned to make others feel her emotions as well. And Sonya isn’t immune to dark temptations.

Now, as Sonya fights to contain her own darkness, she senses a new evil lurking in the shadows of the palace. Someone from Sonya’s past has returned. And that someone won’t be satisfied until Sonya pays for the mistakes she’s made.

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My Warcross Team #PlayWarcross + Giveaway!

I’m so excited to be a part of this fun campaign! Check out the WARCROSS website here! Here’s a bit more information about WARCROSS , Marie’s newest book:

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Warcross by Marie Lu
Series:
 Warcross #1
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publication: September 12th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Length: 416 pages
Format: ARC

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo Blog Tour (Review + Giveaway!)

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I can’t tell you all how excited I am to be on the blog tour for GENIE LO. This is easily one of my favorite books of this year and of all time. Frankly, I haven’t felt so happy that this book is in the world than I did when SHATTER ME was released, so you know, this is a pretty amazing book. Here’s a bit about GENIE LO. (Pretty dope cover, right?!)

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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
Series:
 Untitled #1
Genre: YA Fantasy, Mythology
Publication: August 8th 2017 by Amulet Books
Length: 336pages
Format: ARC

The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.

Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.

Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…

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Review: Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

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Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication: August 8th 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Series: n/a
Length: 352 pages
Format: ARC from publisher (thank you!)

To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.

Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.

Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.

With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.

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Arctic Books Turns 2! (+ Blogoversary Giveaway)

Arctic Books post graphicsIt’s officially been two years of blogging on this baby, arctic books! Thank you so much for checking out my blog, whether you just clicked on this link or if you’ve been following me since I made my blog two years ago. Since last year, there’s been a few changes to this blog, and we’re (did you notice that it’s “we” and not “I” anymore??) super thrilled to have reached this milestone!

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The Last Magician Blog Tour (Fun Facts + Giveaways!)

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Hi all! Today I’m a part of the blog tour for THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell! I currently have a digital ARC of this new release, and I’m so excited to dive in.Here’s a bit more about the book!

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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
Genre: YA Historical, Science Fiction, Time Travel
Publication: July 18th 2017 by Simon Pulse
Series: Burning Glass #1
Length: 512 pages

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

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Review: Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock

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Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
Publication: August 1st 2017 by Swoon Reads
Series: n/a
Length: 320 pages
Format: ARC from publisher (thank you!)

A new spin on the classic smart-girl-and-bad-boy setup, this witty contemporary romance shows how easily a friendship – even one built on an elaborate lie – can become so much more.

Jenny meets Chance for the very first time when she is assigned as his partner in their Junior Oral Communications class. But after they rescue a doomed assignment with one clever lie, the whole school is suddenly convinced that Little-Miss-Really-Likes-Having-A’s and the most scandalous heartbreaker in school have been best friends forever. It’s amazing how quickly a lie can grow―especially when you really, really want it to be the truth.

With Jenny, Chance can live the normal life he’s always kind of wanted. And with Chance, Jenny can have the exciting teen experiences that TV shows and movies have always promised. Through it all, they hold on to the fact that they are “just friends.” But that might be the biggest lie of all.

Debut author Tiffany Pitcock delivers a spot-on depiction of first love and the high school rumor mill in Just Friends, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads.

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