Arctic Books Turns 3! & Blogoversary Giveaway

Three years ago, I opened up WordPress and started up a blog. At first, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted my blog to be about – I started with a clothes / personal blog but that didn’t last very long at all so I eventually changed my whole blog mindset to revolve around books. Up until last year, I wanted to open up my blog a little bit.

I ended up welcoming some amazing co-bloggers to Arctic Books – Jesse @jessenicholas3 (who has since left, but I appreciate all he’s done), JM @bookfreakrevelations, and Liv @curlyhairbibliophile. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share my little piece of the Internet to the world but I’m so so so happy that I opened up my blog for co-bloggers!

I also decided to open Arctic Books to not only focus on books but also lifestyle and other ideas – clothes, television, personal things. I feel so much more freedom with this as my co-bloggers and I can basically talk about anything we want.

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Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre Blog Tour (Q&A + Giveaway)!

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Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre
Series:
 n/a
Genre: YA Mystery, Thriller

Publication: April 10th 2018 by HarperTeen
Goodreads

On a hot summer night, a screech of brakes and shattering glass changes two lives forever.

Liv wakes in the hospital, confused when they call her Morgan. She assumes it’s a case of mistaken identity, yet when the bandages come off, it’s not her face in the mirror anymore. It’s her best friend Morgan’s.

Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life, yet Liv must navigate endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety—and a romance that feels like a betrayal. Torn between the boy she loved as Liv and the boy she’s grown to love as Morgan, Liv still has to survive Morgan’s last request.

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Active Memory Blog Tour (Q&A + Giveaway!)

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Active Memory by Dan Wells
Series:
 Mirador #3
Genre: YA Science Fiction

Publication: February 13, 2018 by Balzer + Bray
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From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence and the John Cleaver series, comes the third and final book in the dark, pulse-pounding, sci-fi neo-noir series that began with the acclaimed novel Bluescreen.

For all the mysteries teen hacker Marisa Carneseca has solved, there has been one that has always eluded her: the truth behind the car accident in which she lost her arm and a mob boss’ wife, Zenaida de Maldonado, lost her life. Even in a world where technology exists to connect everyone’s mind to one another, it would seem that some secrets can still remain hidden.

Those secrets rise violently to the surface, however, when Zenaida de Maldonado’s freshly severed hand shows up at the scene of a gangland shooting. If Zenaida is—or was—still alive, it means there’s even more about Marisa’s past that she doesn’t know. And when she and her friends start digging, they uncover a conspiracy that runs from the slums of Los Angeles to the very top of the world’s most powerful genetic engineering firm. If Mari wants the truth, she’s going to have to go through genetically enhanced agents, irritatingly attractive mob scions, and some bad relationships to get it.

Dan Wells’s widely acclaimed series continues with his most shocking, pulse-pounding, and visionary story yet.

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Blog Tour Review: Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi + Interview + Giveaway

Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi
Genre: YA Contemporary, Coming of Age, Adventure
Publication: February 6, 2018 from Viking Books for Young Readers
Series: No. Standalone.
Length: 336 pages
Format: ARC from Penguin Random House International
Rating: ★★★★★

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Scott Ferdowsi has a track record of quitting. Writing the Great American Novel? Three chapters. His summer internship? One week. His best friends know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives, but Scott can hardly commit to a breakfast cereal, let alone a passion.

With college applications looming, Scott’s parents pressure him to get serious and settle on a career path like engineering or medicine. Desperate for help, he sneaks off to Washington, DC, to seek guidance from a famous professor who specializes in grit, the psychology of success.

He never expects an adventure to unfold out of what was supposed to be a one-day visit. But that’s what Scott gets when he meets Fiora Buchanan, a ballsy college student whose life ambition is to write crossword puzzles. When the bicycle she lends him gets Scott into a high-speed chase, he knows he’s in for the ride of his life. Soon, Scott finds himself sneaking into bars, attempting to pick up girls at the National Zoo, and even giving the crossword thing a try–all while opening his eyes to fundamental truths about who he is and who he wants to be.

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Cover Reveal: Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne (+Giveaway!)

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I’m excited to be helping out with the cover reveal of Livia Blackburne’s upcoming novel, UMBERTOUCHED! Here’s a bit about the book:
Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne
Series:
 Rosemarked #2
Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication: 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

The mission was a failure. Even though Zivah and Dineas discovered a secret that could bring down the empire, their information is useless without proof.  Now, with their cover blown and their quest abandoned, their only remaining hope is to get home before Ampara brings the full might of its armies against their peoples.

As Shidadi and Dara alike prepare for war, Zivah and Dineas grapple with the toll of their time in the capital. After fighting alongside the Amparans against his own kin, can Dineas convince the Shidadi—and himself—where his loyalties lie? After betraying her healer’s vows in Sehmar City, can Zivah find a way to redeem herself—especially when the Dara ask her to do the unthinkable? And after reluctantly falling in love, what will the two do with their lingering feelings, now that the Dineas from Sehmar City is gone forever? Time is running out for all of them, but especially Zivah whose plague symptoms surface once again. Now, she must decide how she’ll define the life she has left.

Together, healer and warrior must find the courage to save their people, expose the truth, and face the devastating consequences headed their way.

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Blood and Sand Blog Tour (Playlist + Giveaway!)

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Blood and Sand by  C. V. Wyk
Series:
 Untitled #1
Genre: YA Fantasy, Historical

Publication: January 16th 2018 by Tor Teen
Length: 320 pages

The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus…

For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.

Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end―and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus…

The story continues in Fire and Ash, coming in 2019 from Tor Teen.

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There’s Someone Inside Your House Moodboards + Giveaway!

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There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Series:
 n/a
Genre: YA Mystery, Thriller

Publication: September 26th 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
Length: 287 pages

Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

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That Inevitable Victorian Thing Blog Tour (Playlist + Giveaway!)

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That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston
Series:
 n/a
Genre: YA Science Fiction, Historical

Publication: October 3rd 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
Length: 320 pages

Set in a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and the United States never rose, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a novel of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.

Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage like her mother before her, but before she does her duty, she’ll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire. In Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire’s greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process —just like the first Queen Victoria.

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Favorite Villians & Anti-Heroes (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns Blog Tour + Giveaway!)

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Hi everyone! I’m beyond thrilled to be on the blog tour for FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS. This is easily one of my most anticipated books of this year because that cover! Evil Queen retelling! Asian main character! If you didn’t realize, I’m very excited for this. Here’s a bit about the book:

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
Series:
 Rise of the Empress #1
Genre: YA Retelling, Fantasy

Publication: October 10th 2017 by Philomel Books
Length: 384 pages

Format: ARC

An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

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