The Week's Entrée #100

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!


This is post #100, you guys! A HUNDRED. Yay!!! It's like reaching a milestone for me and I'm happy to surpass it next week ♥ Wish I could do a special something here on the blog, but since I'm holding a giveaway sometime today in our Bookstagram, I'll just leave the celebration there and with these little guys.


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New books!
{For review}
From authors, publishers, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.


Thanks so much to Elise Kova for the eARC of Crystal Crowned. I'm excited to see how the story ends!

{Freebie} 


This week's SYNC title is Every Last Breath by Tamara Ireland Stone! I already own it as an ebook but I haven't read it yet, so I think I will read AND listen to it at the same time. It's going to be so much fun. Wednesday is the last day you can download it, so hurry up if you are US, CAN or MX!

{Freebie} 


 My lovely friend Emma Dirach sent me these two ebooks! Caprion's Wings is a novella from The Cat's Eye Chronicles which follows the third book, Volcrian's Hunt. And Ferran's Map is the fourth installment in this amazing series. THANK YOU SO MUCH, EMMA. ♥ This series is EPIC and has the best slow-burn romance EVER.
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To Read This Week:



I'm still making my way through The Rose & The Dagger (last week was a slow reading week for me) and then I'm moving up with Caprion's Wings because I am excited to keep reading The Cat's Eyes Chronicles!
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you reading? :)

Dream Dates With Book Boyfriends


Okay guys, it's time to leave the sane and realistic world behind for a bit and read about my possible dream dates with a few of my book boyfriends! *Cheers* *Swoons* *Hip hip hoorays!* That is, of course, if I could pluck them out from the pages of their respective books but since we can do anything we want in our blogs, IT IS POSSIBLE. My dream dates are quite simple and some inspired by things that happen in the books. OKAY, let's start!

DREAM DATES:

1. Tristan de Montigny from Stolen Songbird


We would probably go rowing because he seems to like that in Stolen Songbird and I'm game, mainly because kissing can happen in these type of situations. *wink wink*


A midnight stroll after that would be just amazing. ♥♥♥♥

2. Prince Ash from The Iron Fey series 

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Ever since I read the valentine's day short story about Ash and Meghan, I've dreamed about going to the movies with Ash. I think it would be fun and cheesy and totally romantic. 


Then he would teach me how to sword fight and you bet I'll try to disarm him at least once!

3. Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door


My date with Cricket Bell would be a picnic in Muir Woods. It would be relaxing, a good place to talk and do some cloud watching. Maybe hold hands? Yup, I'd like that very much.

4. Peeta from The Hunger Games


Peeta and I would probably go out to feed pigs. LOL. Just kidding. We would probably hang out in his bakery and eat lots and lots of cake.

 

Then I'll probably admire him his skills...


5. Peter Kavinsky from To All the Boys I've Loved Before


It would be fun to go to house actions with my love, Peter K. He has a knack for spotting good treasures and getting them for a great price. I might learn a trick or two while we are at it!


Then we would drive around and around and around and we will live happily ever after WITHOUT any John Ambrose McClaren in sight. Just us. ♥

7. Robbie from Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging



Robbie and I would first go on a stroll near the beach and just hang out, probably buy some fish and chips, and then we'd end up at home petting cats because we both like cats.



6. Étienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss


HAHAHA just this in Paris at the end of the day.

*HAPPY SIGH*


What would your dream dates be? :D

Book Review: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Title: The Winner's Curse
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #1
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Macmillan
Published:  March 4th, 2014
Page Count:  361 pages
Format:  Paperback
Source: From publisher & Eileen of BookCatPin


Summary:
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. 

Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. 

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars
I know, I know I should have started reading this trilogy a lot sooner, but guys, I didn't know it was this cool. The Winner's Curse turned out to be a whole different story from what I had gathered from all the hype floating around social media. It's different. In the beginning, I wasn't sure if this was a good thing or a bad thing, but after the chapters started to fly by, I most certainly knew that it was a VERY good thing.

That's our face, Eileen!
Since I'm a bit late on jumping the wagon, I won't bore you with summaries and stuff like that. I'm just here to tell you that, in case you are one of the few who hasn't started or not even heard about this series yet, is that it's definitely cool. Really cool. It's the kind of book that tears you apart trying to decide which party to be in, who to trust, who to hate, who is RIGHT. I'm confused in a very good way and that's what is eating me apart. I NEED TO KNOW. 

Lucky for me, the whole trilogy is out now and if I wanted to, I could get my hands on book 2 and 3 quite easily. HOWEVER, since I own the pretty new edition of book one thanks to the lovely Eileen and Macmillan, I will have to wait for The Winner's Kiss's (third book) new edition until next year *weeps*. I mean, I can totally buy it in ebook and all, but I'm poor so .. yeah. 


But let's talk about romance! First off, I SHIP IT SO HARD. Arin is my new bae and I would totally marry him if somehow he doesn't end up with Kestrel, though that thought makes me a bit sad. I hope they do end up together! It's an unusual relationship since this time around, Kestrel is the one with the money and power, while Arin is a slave who is bought by our heroine in an auction. It was refreshing to see a switch in places AND that didn't make it any less swoony. So this book definitely won points for that (this coming from someone who loves book princes).

Oh, and I loved the part where I got to learn the meaning of the title. It's an interesting point of view in the value of things and quite fitting for the storyline.


David Tennant gifs hehe ♥♥. *Clears throat* Anywhoo, The Winner's Curse is a great start to what apparently is a great series. The hype is not wrong when it comes to the first book, and I seriously hope it's also not wrong about the rest of the books in the trilogy. I'm so excited for more Arin!!!


(Totally just an excuse to use that gif) :)

The Week's Entrée #99

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

Last week was LAZY week for me, guys. We only posted twice. TWICE. What's wrong with us? With me??? Totally unacceptable. However, we have been a bit more active on social media, specially on Twitter and Instagram. In fact, now that I mention social media, you should enter my twitter giveaway for a copy of The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash!
Trust me, you want this book in your life! The winner will also be getting the swag from the author's pre-order campaign. :D
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New books!
{For review}
From authors, publishers, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.


I was granted access to Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel and Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas on Edelweiss to review on YABC. I am very excited to read both of these books, specially Every Hidden Thing because Romeo & Juliet + Indiana Jones? um, YESSSSSS!

{Freebie} 


I downloaded the audiobook of 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith from SYNC! We are on week 3 of 12 weeks of free audiobooks and I'm excited they featured this awesome book. I've already read it and my gosh, it's amazing! Really really REALLY recommend. Andrew Smith is an excellent writer of quirky and heartfelt characters.

{Won/Gift} 


And if you follow me on Instagram/Twitter, you probably saw me squeal over my latest book haul. I won a copy of The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi from a giveaway the author hosted a while ago, I finally received the preorder swag for The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury which included that awesome map, AND the lovely Danielle L. Jensen sent me a signed copy of Warrior Witch plus a signed ARC of Stolen Songbird which she worked hard to obtain for me. There are only 100 of these beauties in the whole world! *cries with gratitude* So yeah, I'm a super happy bookworm right now.
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To Read This Week:



I am reading two amazing books this week! I started on my eARC of And I Darken by Kiersten White which is OHMAIGOSH good (at least for now) and opened up my copy of The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh which has my nerves at their highest peak because my poor Khalid is all alone and suffering. I'M COMING, KHALID. I WILL SAVE YOU AND LOVE YOUUUUU.
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you reading? :)

Book Review: Immurement by Norma Hinkens

Title: Immurement 
Series: The Undergrounders Series Book One
Author: Norma Hinkens
Publisher:  Dunecadia Publishing
Published:  December 9th 2015
Page count: 247 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: From author in exchange of my honest opinion

Goodreads | Amazon

Book Summary:
The Sweepers are coming. They hunt the young. Earth's end is her beginning. 

Sixteen-year-old Derry and her brother live in perpetual fear of capture. They survive underground on a scorched earth overrun by gangs, clones, and mysterious hoverships. When her brother goes missing, Derry’s only hope of finding him is to strike a deal with a group of cutthroat subversives. Desperate to save her brother, she leads a daring raid to uncover the secrets behind the Sweepers’ hoverships, but she soon finds out the world she knows is a lie. 

Keeping her brother alive may require trusting her enemy and opening her heart to something she never thought possible. 

Immurement is the first book in The Undergrounders Series, a sci-fi dystopian thriller trilogy with a gritty complex heroine and twists you won’t see coming!


 *The Chef's Review*
    Actual rating: 3.5/5 stars
Certainly an interesting read.

At first I thought that for being such a short read, this book wouldn't have a lot of details or progress as to where the series might be headed. I was pleasantly surprised that from the very first chapters, the story kicks off pretty quickly and the characters started their adventure right away.

Like most dystopian series, the future looks like a scary place. Society is not at all how it used to be and the world is in chaos. Scientists are working on a project not very well known by people, although they know is about cloning and suspect that it's not in their favor. To avoid participating for the unknown project, the rest of humanity lives in hiding. The heroine of this story lives outside scientists' headquarters but when they abduct her best friend in search for her brother, she is forced to start a rescue mission, even though that may mean to ally herself with unwanted company.

I felt that this book was a fast paced read and didn't dwell too much in the same problem. It was entertaining and I liked the way the story progressed. Even though I'm not a complete fan of the main character, right in the middle of the book I started to like her more. She showed a better attitude towards the situation and handled herself a bit better. There were also other characters which I liked and made the story even better.

This dystopian book talks about how the Earth's core overheats causing volcanoes throughout the world to explode. Isn't it terrifying? At the same time so possible and realistic which makes it such a big threat. This reminds me of the first time I read about the Yosemite volcanoes, how they can bring devastation at any moment, and how I couldn't sleep properly for several nights straight. It still scares me *shivers*. That's why I always find it thrilling and frightening when I happen to read these kind of books because they always open possibilities as to where the future is headed. 

This book is so action-packed, and yet I wished it had a bit more humor. I love it when stories incorporate comic relief just to light up the mood when things feel heavy, and this one certainly needed a lot more of that. However, I believe this series has a lot of potential of turning into something amazing. It has a great plot and it left me wondering of what might happen next.

The Week's Entrée #98

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

Wow, what a blast Armchair BEA turned out to be this year. It was a lot of hard work, even though the International Committee only took care of a small part of the event, imagine being the head organizers? Kudos to Tif, Danielle and Florinda for such a great job!

I forgot to do a wrap up post yesterday *looks away guiltily* but I still want to say that this event was so much fun and I enjoyed being part of the team. I made new friends with my fellow intl team members, Dany and Kelly, and I think that's pretty cool. We did a great job together, ladies!

I hope to be able to participate again next year, but maybe this time I'll be an on-site correspondent *wink wink*. I want to visit you NY!
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Latest book reviews in other sites:

While I didn't review any books on the blog this week, I did manage to publish three reviews on two sites! (Click on covers to go to reviews). 



First off,  I reviewed The Wanderers by Kate Ormand on Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers which is about shape-shifters and circus life! 

 

My second review is for One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank (4 stars) on YABC! It's a cute YA contemporary romance that reminded me of Anna and the French Kiss and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. If you are a fan of either of these, then you'll surely enjoy it!


My third review is for The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash (5 stars) also on YABC. THIS BOOK IS LIFE, Y'ALL. So amazing, so geeky. GAH. So much love for it!

New books!
{Purchased}


Snagged myself a e-copy of The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes while it was on sale! I've been wanting to read it for a long time now so I am beyond happy that I own it.

{Freebie} 


I downloaded the audiobook of The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury from SYNC! SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens (and grownups!) where they offer two different titles every week for 12 weeks. I love this program and they always offer such great and popular audios. Can't wait to see which books they offer next! 

Note: The Sin Eater's Daughter is only available for download in the US, CAN, and MX.
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To Read This Week:

 

I'm still pushing my way through Edenhart's Rivalry. It's just that... it's slow. And I somehow ended up picking my copy of The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski and I am almost done and it's really good and yes, I own the new cover version because my cool friend Eileen sent it to me ♥♥♥ and it's pretty. I liked the original cover because beautiful dress but I have to say the new one fits a lot more with the story and a certain scene. :)
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you reading? :)

Armchair BEA Day 4: Surviving Fictional Worlds + Flash INTL Giveaway!


It's day 4 of Armchair BEA and the last topic is all about Surviving Fictional Worlds. This will be fun! Let's get started.


Which fictional worlds would you want to live in? 
For the record, Hogwarts and the whole HP world will ALWAYS be my top choice because it's just that cool. But I want to be a witch, not a muggle please. I want to actually be aware of the wizarding world. And I want to go shopping in Diagon Alley!


Another world is the Never Never in The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. I know it is dangerous but it's also terribly beautiful so I think I would risk it just to be able to step foot in it. Out of all the courts, I guess I would belong to the Iron Court and will not be that welcome into the Summer or Winter courts but it's okay, just knowing that it's there would be of great help.


Which worlds do you never want to dive into? 
The world in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. The book is awesome and Laini Taylor does an awesome job bringing such a vivid story to life, but it is absolutely terrifying with all those monsters of the underworld and a never-ending war. I'll pass, thanks. I would probably die in a heartbeat anyway.



Which worlds are you content to stay behind the glass, so to speak, rather than wishing to dive through the page? And once you get there, what would you do?

Despite the beauty of the city of Trollus in Danielle L. Jensen's The Malediction Trilogy, I think it's a bit more safe to explore it within the pages of the books instead of actually going there. 

A while ago I got the chance to visit Trollus once, to interview my love Tristan, and since his reputation was not that great in that particular moment, I only got to see a dirty dungeon cell. A CELL. Not even a view of the beautiful glass garden or the tree or even the darn entrance to the labyrinth (on second thought, I'm glad I didn't get anywhere near that). You see, they blindfolded me in and out of the city. Rude trolls.

If I ever get to go back, I would definitely make my way into the garden and visit the library (if it's still there *cries*).



Giveaway!

Take a trip into one of my favorite fantasy worlds, the Never Never in The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. Open INTL.