ARC Review: Ruined by Amy Tintera

 

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Ruined by Amy Tintera
Genre: YA Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Magic
Publication: May 3rd 2016 by HarperTeen
Series: Ruined #1
Length: 368 pages
Format: eARC

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

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Should Blogging Be Stressful? | Discussion

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I’ve been feeling some stress, I’m not going to lie. I’ve been blogging for 8 months (ish) and I think I’ve been handling blogging pretty well so far.

I had health class last year and we talked about good stress and bad stress. I believe that blogging is a good sort of stress and it really helps be express myself through the internet and my passions. But there’s always the thin line that separates good stress from bad stress. There’s the line between I’m-doing-this-because-I-love-it and the I’m-lowkey-freaking-out-because-I-have-maybe-too-many-review-copies-to-read-and-too-many-commitments.

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ARC Review: A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink

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A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
Publication: May 3rd 2016 by HarperTeen
Series: n/a
Length: 336 pages
Format: eARC from publisher

In this Bridges of Madison County for teens, Michelle Zink weaves a magnetic tale about summer love that stays with you long after the seasons change.

Rose Darrow never wanted to spend her life working on her family’s farm. But when her family is rocked by an unexpected tragedy she has no choice but to put her plans for the future—and dreams of escaping her small town—on hold.

Bodhi Lowell left home as a kid and hasn’t looked back. Years of working farm jobs has given him the one thing he wants most: freedom to travel without answering to anyone. He’s already looking past his job at Darrow Farm and plans on leaving in September—until he meets Rose.

Neither Rose nor Bodhi can deny the sparks flying between them, but with the end of summer looming, they must decide if it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all….

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ARC Review: Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

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Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
Genre: YA Fantasy, Retelling, Fairy Tale
Publication: May 3rd 2016 by HarperTeen
Series: Queen of Hearts Saga #1
Length: 320 pages
Format: eARC from publisher

As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.

When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.

Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinahs furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath.

Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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ARC Review: The Island by S. Usher Evans

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The Island by S. Usher Evans
Genre: YA Fantasy, Romance
Publication: April 26, 2016 by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing
Series: Madion War Series #1
Length: 260 pages
Format: eARC from publisher

Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.

Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country’s independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors.

When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian’s medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo’s survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.

Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?

The Island is the first in a new romance trilogy by S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series and Empath.

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