Review: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

The Demon KingThe Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Genre: YA Fantasy, Magic
Publication: October 6th 2009 by Hyperion Books
Series: Seven Realms #1
Length: 506 pages
Format: Hardcover

Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell—the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.

One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana‘Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of freedom in the mountains—riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her…

The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Hans and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.

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Halloween Mood: Books at Dawn Recommends 10 YA Horror Novels

Halloween Mood- Books at Dawn Recommends 10 YA Horror Novels

Hey Bookworms!

Halloween is fast approaching, and I thought what better way to celebrate than to recommend some awesome YA horror. I know a lot of readers tend to steer clear of anything horror or scary, but I know there are some readers out there that will appreciate this just as much as I would.

Horror is such an underrepresented genre in YA and doesn’t get enough love from readers. Luckily for me, I love being scared. I will watch horror movies late into the night and in the dark, I will read horror novels just for fun and I will walk through a creepy pitch black forest if someone dared me.

Are you guys just as brave? Well here are some YA horror book recs for you to enjoy anyway!

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Review: The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

The May Queen MurdersThe May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
Genre: YA Horror, Thriller
Publication: May 3rd 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Series: n/a
Length: 288 pages
Format: Hardcover

Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.

Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.

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Top 10 Horror Movies From the Last Ten Years

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Hey Bookworms!

I know a lot of people don’t like watching horror movies, but I LOVE IT! I love the adreniline you get from being scared, I like the rooting for the characters, and I like the creativity behind it all. I know this probably makes me a bit morbid, but hey, don’t judge.

For all those that do like watching horror movies, I have compiled a list of 10 of my favorite horror movies from the past 10 years. Some are this year recent, and some are go back a little further!

Hope you enjoy!

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Review: The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Five Stages of Andrew BrawleyThe Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson
Genre: YA Contemporary, LGBT
Publication: January 20th 2015 by Simon Pulse
Series: n/a
Length: 297 pages
Format: Hardcover

Andrew Brawley was supposed to die that night. His parents did, and so did his sister, but he survived.

Now he lives in the hospital. He serves food in the cafeteria, he hangs out with the nurses, and he sleeps in a forgotten supply closet. Drew blends in to near invisibility, hiding from his past, his guilt, and those who are trying to find him.

Then one night Rusty is wheeled into the ER, burned on half his body by hateful classmates. His agony calls out to Drew like a beacon, pulling them both together through all their pain and grief. In Rusty, Drew sees hope, happiness, and a future for both of them. A future outside the hospital, and away from their pasts.

But Drew knows that life is never that simple. Death roams the hospital, searching for Drew, and now Rusty. Drew lost his family, but he refuses to lose Rusty, too, so he’s determined to make things right. He’s determined to bargain, and to settle his debts once and for all.

But Death is not easily placated, and Drew’s life will have to get worse before there is any chance for things to get better.

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Review: The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller

The Art of StarvingThe Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller
Genre: YA Contemporary, LGBT
Publication: July 11th 2017 by HarperTeen
Series: n/a
Length: 384 pages
Format: Hardcover

Matt hasn’t eaten in days.

His stomach stabs and twists inside, pleading for a meal. But Matt won’t give in. The hunger clears his mind, keeps him sharp—and he needs to be as sharp as possible if he’s going to find out just how Tariq and his band of high school bullies drove his sister, Maya, away.

Matt’s hardworking mom keeps the kitchen crammed with food, but Matt can resist the siren call of casseroles and cookies because he has discovered something: the less he eats the more he seems to have . . . powers. The ability to see things he shouldn’t be able to see. The knack of tuning in to thoughts right out of people’s heads. Maybe even the authority to bend time and space.

So what is lunch, really, compared to the secrets of the universe?

Matt decides to infiltrate Tariq’s life, then use his powers to uncover what happened to Maya. All he needs to do is keep the hunger and longing at bay. No problem. But Matt doesn’t realize there are many kinds of hunger… and he isn’t in control of all of them.

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Fall 2017 Fashion Trends | Men + Woman

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Hey Bookworms!

I don’t know about you guys, but I love fashion just as much I like books. Am I though only one? Even though I classify myself as a fashion terrorist, A.K.A. I suck at matching colors; fashion has always been a big part of my life.

I would say my personal style is defintiely neutral colors like black, white, grey, navy etc. I love me some skinny jeans, cropped pants, big knitted sweaters and hoodies. What about you guys?

I thought it would be fun to show you guys what’s trending in the fashion world this Fall of 2017, so let’s begin:

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Fall 2017 TV Shows to Look Out For

Fall 2017TV Showsto LookOut For

Hey Bookworms!

For those of you who don’t know, I am a HUGE TV binge watcher. TV watching is one of my favorite past times aside from reading of course. I usually watch close to 15 shows a season! I like anything from fantasy/sci-fi to dramas, comedies to cop shows and everything in between.

With the new fall season coming up I thought it would be fun to highlight 5 NEW shows that I am most excited for. Of course there are a lot of returning shows I am anticipating too, but you can check out my blog for a post about them coming soon!

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Review: Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Empress of a Thousand SkiesEmpress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Publication: February 7th 2017 by Razorbill
Series: Empress of a Thousand Skies #1
Length: 314 pages
Format: Hardcover

CROWN PRINCESS RHIANNON TA’AN WANTS VENGEANCE.

The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, RHEE has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne – and her revenge.

ALYOSHA is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.

Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder.

The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding – even as a war between planets is waged in Rhee’s name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy.

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