The Week's Entrée #139

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

Can someone please tell time to slow down??! Seriously cannot believe February is coming to an end already! But the good news is that so many book releases are happening soon, which begs the question--which books are you highly anticipating in the following months?

Oh, and my sister and I finally finished watching How I Met Your Mother! This series was amazing, but that ending is a big NOPE *shakes fist at it*. The only good part was Barney's sweet moment, almost got me teary eyed. ♥ Have you seen it???

What other TV shows would you guys recommend? Something along the lines of How I Met Your Mother would be superb. ;)
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New books!
{For review}
From publishers, authors, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.


Aaah I am so excited that I got approved to read The Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty! This is a Jane Austen retelling and I've heard nothing but great things about it. OH, but my biggest excitement of the week was when I was offered to review The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King!!! If you read my WoW post last week, you might have seen that I am highly anticipating this book and now I get to read it early!!!!.
 And huge thanks to the wonderful folks at Merit Press  for sending me a inished copy of Snowbirds. SO BEAUTIFUL ♥

{Purchased}


Last week I managed to snatch from Amazon the Pushing the Limits box set for $0.99!!! FOUR BOOKS. LESS THAN A DOLLAR. This is a series I've been wanting to read for so long and well, I couldn't pass up this amazing opportunity. And it was so lucky of me that I did for the sale only lasted for a few hours. Crazy! 
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To Read This Week:


I'm trying to read a physical copy AND an ebook simultaneously to catch up on my reading, so this week I'll be reading Silent by David Mellon and my eARC of Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse!
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

Waiting on Wednesday #13: The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King


Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:



The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
June 1st 2017, Skyscape
YA Fantasy
As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda’s only hope for escape lies in an arcane, forbidden power that’s buried within her.

In Emily R. King’s thrilling fantasy debut, an orphan girl blossoms into a warrior, summoning courage and confidence in her fearless quest to upend tradition, overthrow an empire, and reclaim her life as her own.
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I LOVE THIS BOOK'S COVER SO MUCH! It's the reason why it made me want to know what this book was about and then fall hard for how it sounds! I mean, have you read the blurb??!? I love how the main character goes from being considered weak due to her health to someone strong, proving them all wrong. Granted she is forced into a fight she does not want/opposes, but I'm already rooting for her to kick butt and set things right. I also want to know what hidden abilities she possesses and meet this handsome Captain *wink wink*. Have you added this book to your TBR?
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

Book Review: Long Way Home by Katie McGarry

Title: Long Way Home
Series: Thunder Road #3
Author: Katie McGarry
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published:  January 31st, 2017
Page Count: 448 pages
Format: eARC
Source: From publisher via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review


Summary:
Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating:  4/5 stars

.This review can also be found on YA Books Central.


Long Way Home by Katie McGarry is a spectacular addition to the Thunder Road series and my favorite yet. It's darker and fiercer then ever, a thrilling ride that challenges love, friendship, and where each character's loyalties lie.

What I Loved:

While Nowhere But Here and Walk the Edge can be read as standalone companion novels, Long Way Home's storyline is set up perfectly to match the puzzle pieces left unanswered from the first two books. It's fast-paced and action-packed from page one, and it doesn't dally much with introductions since at this point we are already familiar with the characters.

This book takes readers deeper into the secrets of the Reign of Terror Motorcycle Club and their long time feud with their rival gang--the Riot. The previous books barely scratch the surface of these clubs as they focus more in the blooming relationships between the main characters of each book, and while we do get some romance, it's not its sole focus. For once, both main characters, Violet and Chevy, are inside the Reign of Terror's circle and they are set on finding answers, for their lives are suddenly at stake.

Katie McGarry, so far, has created excellent characters in this series, but I've noticed that she excels in writing fierce women who don't like to sit down and let men protect them or do their job when they can well do it on their own, like Violet. She's a headstrong, independent young woman who demands and deserves respect. Despite her hurt and her personal issues, at the end of the day she's the kind of person whose instinct is to protect those she loves even if she puts herself at risk, and she's hardly recognized for it until now. Even I failed to notice how amazing she's as a character until I reached her point of view in this book. But now I'm glad to say that Violet is my favorite female character from this series.

We also get great male character leads in the Thunder Road series, but unlike Oz and Razor from the first two installments, I like how Chevy is actually a character torn about the paths he wants to take-- either stay with the Reign of Terror or pursue a life outside the club that includes a college career and football. Chevy is a character who does try to weigh in the pros and cons of either life, and while it does have a toll on him as he battles with himself, he is a lot more open minded than the previous main characters of the series.

And while Violet and Chevy already have history between each other and their relationship doesn't give the opportunity to fall in love with them for the first time, it's really hard not to sigh and wish for a love like theirs. Their feelings for each other runs deeper and stronger than newfound love, and it shows other wonderful aspects in a relationship like trust, safety, friendship and forgiveness. Come to think of it,  this also applies with their relationships with friends and family members. Most of these relationships are broken due to lack of trust and misunderstandings, but as the novel progresses, most of them have a chance to heal and a second chance at trust.

What left me wanting more:

While I love how The Reign of Terror is a family made out of friends who deeply care for one another, their old century thinking still doesn't sit well with me. They are surrounded by amazing, independent women and yet they don't like to rely on or trust them. This way of thinking has often risked their well-being from their enemies (the Riot), but I guess that's the price to pay when there's inequality (in this kind of environment). However, things seem to be about to change, and I enjoy every time women prove to these old guys how they can be equally badass.

Also, I'm not going to lie, my favorite couple still is Razor and Breanna from Walk the Edge, so I had hopes to read more about them in Long Way Home. Unfortunately, only Razor and Oz make appearances. I still loved having them around and help Chevy and Violet save the day, but it would have been nice to have more young girl power since Violet was mostly alone in this one.

Final Verdict:

Long Way Home is one of the most anticipated YA Contemporary novels of early 2017 and with good reason. Readers won't be disappointed with Violet's and Chevy's story for not only will they fall in love with them, but they will also come one step closer to uncovering all the Reign of Terror secrets. Now to wait for the next book!

The Week's Entrée #138

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

Last week we got the sweet surprise that Epic Reads featured our bookish heart photo (in celebration of Valentine's day) in their weekly post of favorite bookstagrammers! It's the second time they do this and damn, did it makes us so happy ♥ You can check out their post to discover even more amazing bookstagrammers and below is our bookish heart. Gotta say, it came out looking so perfect. ♥.♥


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



Huge thanks to Feiwell & Friends for granting me access to read The Love Interest (so excited to read it!). And another big thanks to Merit Press and T.R. Wolf for sending me review copies of Silent and The Auctor Trilogy. They are soooo pretty in person!

{Purchased}


I screamed when I saw that Of Fire and Stars was a kindle daily deal last Saturday! I've been wanting to read for so long and I'm so happy that I snatched a copy for such a deal. ♥ 

{Won}


And I won an audible audiobook of Timekeeper by Tara Sim! Cannot wait to finish my current audiobook to start listening to this one. ♥
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To Read This Week:


I will be buddy reading Seeking Mansfield with the lovely Becky from Book Nerd Addict and I will also dive into my eARC of Daughter of the Pirate King. SO NERVOUS. I heard that DOTPK is AMAZING so my expectations are sky high. 
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

Waiting on Wednesday #12: Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott


Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:



Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott
October 10th 2017, Knopf Books for Young Readers
YA Mystery
Right before Sadie died, she begged her sister, Ruby, to do the one thing she could never do herself: Find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.

With just a mysterious treasure map as a guide, Ruby reluctantly allows some friends to join her on the hunt, each of whom is touched by magic: a boy allegedly born to a virgin, a girl who never sleeps, a boy who can foresee his own death, and a boy with deep ties to the island. Each of them is also keeping a secret—something they’ll have to reveal in order to reach the treasure.

As the secrets come to light, Ruby will have to decide: Can she make peace with her friends’ troubled pasts and continue to trust them? Can she forgive herself for doing the unspeakable? Deep in the wilderness of Gray Wolf Island, Ruby’s choices will determine if they make it out with the treasure—or merely with their lives.

From debut author Tracey Neithercott comes a darkly compelling tale of profound friendship, adventure, and finding the strength to tell the truth.
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This book sounds incredible! A treasure hunt with mysterious teens touched by magic? Count me in! I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy and to proudly display it on my shelf ♥ You must add this book to you TBR!
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

Release Day Review: The Union by S. Usher Evans

Title: The Union
Series: Madion War Trilogy #3
Author: S. Usher Evans
Genre: NA Fantasy/Dystopian
Publisher: Sun's Golden Day Publishing
Publication Date:  February 14th, 2017
Page Count:  277 pages
Format:  ARC
Source: From author in exchange of an honest review


Summary:
Fifty years of war have led to this. 

Prince Galian spends his days ministering to the sick in Kylae, but his nights strategizing how to change hearts and minds of his people. With the death camp closed, the country is becoming more volatile, and even King Grieg may not be able to maintain control over the warring factions.

Across the Great Madion Sea, Theo Kallistrate seeks an audience with the Raven rebels, rumored to be brewing insurrection against President Bayard. But they don't trust her, and progress has been achingly slow. When the war takes a major turn, Theo and Galian find themselves front and center in a political firestorm that could end with their union…or their funeral.

The Union is the final book in the Madion War Trilogy, which readers have called, "fast-paced," "compelling," and "not to be missed."
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars

First of all, HAPPY RELEASE DAY TO THE UNION! I read this wonderful book a few months ago and even after all this time, I cannot stop thinking how amazing and heart-stopping this book is. I smiled, I laughed, I cried, and basically felt all the feels in this epic conclusion to the Madion War Trilogy. My heart still hurts that this trilogy is over, but I am a happy to have gone on such a fantastic journey with Theo and my princeling, Galian. ♥

These two amazing main characters suffer so much throughout the series, battling with their beliefs, their expectations as citizens of warring countries, and their love for each other that only seems to be their downfall. Theo and Galian grow so much throughout the series, especially Galian, that by the time I reached the end of The Union (and recovered from a mini heart-attack) I felt so darn proud of both of them. 

The Union also made me fall more in love with the secondary characters. I didn't think Rhys, Kader, or even the Queen would manage to make me like them so much, but I did. I ended up looking forward to their scenes a lot (such smart people!). But my full appreciation goes to Rhys for being incredibly funny as well. I want one like him!!! (And I hope Galian doesn't see this).

However, if I had to point out one thing that really stood out to me in The Union, is how realistic Theo & Galian manage their relationship and how they deal with their problems. Being apart and having things on their minds takes a toll on them so their reactions were something I found interesting and that really added to the story.

OH BUT THE ENDING. Remember that mini panic-attack I mentioned earlier? Yeah, well, it's because S. Usher Evans is evil and plays with our feelings. I cannot say what happens for obvious reasons but I will say that it'll shatter your heart into a hundred pieces. Or, you know, poke you until you bleed dry from so many holes.

So yes, I highly recommend you read the Madion War Trilogy. It is full of feels, bad-ass characters, one charming Princeling, and an epic ending you definitely do not want to miss!

The Week's Entrée #137

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

Guys, I remember yesterday that I had something to tell you all about but now I CANNOT REMEMBER. I feel that it was somehow important... OH WELL. But what I can tell you right now is that OHMYGOSH I am SUFFERING reading Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. SO MUCH. I am buddy reading this book and it has been excellent to have someone to discuss and all, and yet we both don't want to finish it because we have a feeling our ship will never sail or will drown or shot down *cries all the tears*. Will tell you all next week how it goes if we do end up finishing it. IF I can bear to write a post... or a review.



Have you guys been reading any good books lately? Books that have taken over your mind 24/7? Please do let me know which so I can check them out. I have a feeling I'm heading straight into the worst book hangover EVER.
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New books!
{For review}
From publishers, authors, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.


Thanks to the pubs for granting me access to these two titles. Cannot wait to read them!

{Purchased}


This book was $0.99 so I had to snatch a kindle copy! 

{Won}


I won a HB copy of Caraval by Stephanie Garber from the lovelies Helena & Becky from Book Nerd Addict! So so excited to read this book with them too ♥
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To Read This Week:


Still reading Long May She Reign! Have to finish this one (I'm barely in chapter 2 LOL). I'm not sure which book I'll be reading next... maybe Caraval.
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)