Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake | Blog Tour + Giveaway

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Series: Untitled #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication: September 20th 2016 by HarperTeen
Length: 416 pages
Format: eARC

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

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Interview: A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess | SST + Giveaway

Hi everyone! I’m super pumped for the release of A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING and I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to interview Jess Cluess, author of this book! There’s also a giveaway at the end, so make sure to let’s get started!

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A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
Series: Kingdom on Fire #1

Genre: YA Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Publication: September 20th 2016 by Random House BFYR
Length: 416 pages

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I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she’s brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

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The BFF Book Tag

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SETTING THE EXAMPLE: a pair/group of book bff’s that you love?

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The golden trio (Harry/Hermione/Ron), of course!

CHILDHOOD BESTIE: Which book character would you like to grow up with?

I really love Jane and Edward from MY LADY JANE. Both of them have so much sass and I just adore them.

FRENEMY: Which book character would bring out your competitive side?

Safi from TRUTHWITCH. I feel like she has a lot of ambition, which I totally dig.

 

THE BAD INFLUENCE: Which character would you want to commit a small act of rebellion with? (Go skinny dipping, sneak into a movie, have a drag race with, etc.)

Adelina from THE YOUNG ELITES. I don’t know about you, but I ADORE her. She would go all out with the rebellions.

BLOOD BROTHERS: Which character who you want to be your surrogate big brother/sister? (You can do both if you want!)17838528

Andie from THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING. She’s so similar to me so I think that we would get along!

MOTHER HEN: Which character would you want to be by your side when you’re having a bad day to cheer you up?

Lara Jean from TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE. She’s so sweet and adorable; she’s the kind of person to bake sweets and bring you your favorite books/movies and sit with you if you’re feeling down.

THE COUNSELOR: Which character would you go to for relationship advice (or) confide a secret to?

Nyx from CRUEL BEAUTY. She seems to have a lot of tricks and good advice up her sleeve, so I think she would be a good choice!

MORE THAN FRIENDS: Who would be your book bf/gf/partner?

Definitely Warner from SHATTER ME! No question about it.

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I tag:

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Claire @ Blank Slaters

Amanda @ To Live a Thousand Lives

and you!

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Do you agree with any of these? Do you usually participate in tags? Let me know in the comments below!

ARC Review: Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

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Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
Series:
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication: September 20th 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Length: 352 pages
Format: eARC

The bestselling author of Mosquitoland brings us another batch of unforgettable characters in this tragicomedy about first love and devastating loss.

Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.

This is a story about:

1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love.

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Stranger Things Season 1: Review!

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I’ve never done a post like this before because I run a mostly exclusive book blog, but I’m actually thinking of stretching out my blog to be more lifestyle/different types of media as well as literary. More details to come, but I wanted to share my thoughts on this new show that’s literally sweeping social media.

If you didn’t know, STRANGER THINGS is a science fiction supernatural horror drama series, an original series from Netflix, following the disappearance of a young boy named Will and the creepy supernatural shenanigans that follow. I usually don’t love horror or paranormal and all that because I rarely read that genre in terms of books, but I have a weird fascination with shows like these (i.e. THE WALKING DEAD, AMERICAN HORROR STORY). I digress. STRANGER THINGS only has eight episodes in its first season, but I adooooooored this.

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