Return Once More Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!



Hi! Welcome to my stop in Return Once More's blog tour! This book is amazing and a great start to a what I believe will be an epic series, so be sure to follow this tour to learn more about it and get a chance to win it! Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy!

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Title: Return Once More
Series: The Historians #1
Author: Trisha Leigh
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Published: September 29th, 2015
Page Count: 320 Pages
Format: eARC
Source: From tour host in exchange of my honest opinion

Book Summary:
If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?

Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.

If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?

Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.

Or would you have the strength to watch him die?

But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.

 *The Reader's Review*

     My rating: 4/5 stars
Return Once More was such a unique and exciting read! I simply loved the whole idea behind it and it certainly put a spin on famous historical events. However, this book is NOT a historical read, it's a sci-fi book since it takes place 500 years into the future and humanity now live on different planets. Interesting, isn't it?

To preserve life, each planet has a specialty of sorts. Now, the main character Kaia lives in the planet that specializes with recording historical events from Earth Before (our Earth) so they could study why things go wrong. This is kind of a career that gets chosen for you and it is called "Historian". Kaia is still an apprentice, but once she passes all the tests, she can choose whichever place she chooses to visit, because yes, Historians CAN go back in time and visit Earth Before with an advanced technology developed by the originals, including her grandfather.

However, when the residents of these planets reach the age of 17, they can choose to learn or not the identity of their True love. It's more like something fun since the possibilities of your True living on the same time frame as you is highly improbable. He could have since long died or not have been born yet. This happens to Kaia as she learns her True lived more than 
2500 years ago. 

See what I'm telling you? This book rocked in the unique department! Of course Kaia was curious to meet her True and seeing that she's already famous for being a rule-bender, she sneaks her way towards him. But it was a rollercoaster ride, so many things happen. You cannot mess with time and change things for fear of changing the future. Even if it means seeing the person you love die. Again.

Return Once More is also full of deceit and Kaia finds herself torn between helping those she loves or discovering the awful truth her world is hiding. This book was certainly a fun read and a great start to a new series. I'm very much looking forward to the sequel because that ending was pretty cool. One word: Oz ♥


*****

About the Author

Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it’s pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y’all. Most of the time. She’s been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey’s kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies,  reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90’s-00’s.

Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who numerous, loud, full of love, and the kind of people that make the world better. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they’ve taught, through characters and stories—made up, of course, but true enough in their way.

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That's What HE Said Thursday #56: Ash from The Iron Queen


That's what HE said Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Chapter Break where you post a favorite line of a book boyfriend to his girl. It's the perfect meme to share all those awesome quotes!

                     Today's quote is from my love, Prince Ash of The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa!




Quote:

"I will keep fighting for you," Ash said in a low, intense voice. "Do what you must. I'll be here, whatever you decide. If it takes one year or a thousand, I will keep you safe."
-Ash to Meghan






Oh, my beautiful ice prince. How I love thee! Seriously, I would marry Prince Ash in a heartbeat. He's just so damn amazing. I love his icy personality and his passion. I love how much he loves Meghan and how much he is willing to sacrifice for her. Haven't met him yet? Well, YOU SHOULD. I can't wait to get my hands on the final installment of The Iron Fey and get a few more beautiful lines from him. I miss him terribly!

Nothing Left To Burn Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!



Hi everyone! Today I'm thrilled to host one of the stops in the Nothing Left To Burn by Patty Blount blog tour!  Nothing Left To Burn is a YA contemporary novel, yet Patty Blount is also promoting her adult romance His Touch, so be sure to check out a few of the other tour stops to learn more about that book. But while you're here, read my review of this YA book and enter below to win some awesome prizes! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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About The Book:
Nothing Left To Burn
by Patty Blount 

 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire 
August 4, 2015, Pages: 336
Reece’s father hasn’t spoken to him since the car wreck that killed Reece’s brother. Desperate for forgiveness, Reece joins the Junior Cadet program at his dad’s firehouse. But the program is grueling, and Reece isn’t sure he can make it through. Then he meets Amanda.

Amanda understands wanting to belong. As a foster kid, the firehouse is the only place that feels like home. She agrees to help Reece, but falling for him wasn’t part of the deal. And when a string of arsons suddenly point to Amanda, their relationship could go up in flames.


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*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
Nothing Left To Burn turned out to be an interesting read. I enjoyed that it made me ache for its characters (not that I enjoyed their pain, just you know, connected with them for a bit) and that it had an unusual playground that was entertaining to read about. 

This book is told in dual POVs. First we have Reece Logan who is struggling to lead a normal life after his brother's death in a car accident he is supposedly at fault. Then, there's Amanda who only wishes to have a real family and a place to call home. Their fates intertwine when Reece goes to the firehouse where his father and Amanda volunteer at in hopes of getting his father to really look at him. To somehow keep his last promise made to his brother. But he has to overcome the anger and distrust everyone, including Amanda, have towards him.

Is this book emotional? Yes, I believe so.Well, it depends on the reader. I'm such a cry baby and I felt the tug of my heartstrings when I was reading Nothing Left To Burn. I was too invested on how unfair Reece's situation was. I mean, I understand that in a way, it was his fault that his brother died in that car accident because he was the one behind the wheel, but it's the kind of fault that doesn't make the subject guilty. It was an accident. A bad luck something that happened. But everyone turned their backs on him. No one thought about helping him grieve his loss. That angered me so much that it made me shed a few tears.

Despite being told in dual POVs, I felt that this book was more about Reece than Amanda. I guess because Reece's problems were a bit more dramatic. However, Amanda's story was important as well. I think it's the first time I read a book where the character isn't completely repulsed by the idea of foster care. It was enlightening to learn more about the ways of this system and have a character that was considerate and keen on aviding its rules. If only for a bit.

And speaking of learning, Nothing Left To Burn has lots of good info that I think is accurate. It was entertaining to learn about how fire stations work and how working/volunteering in there is no easy work. It certainly made me appreciate this service a lot more. Way to go, firefighters!

Now, what I'm really not that sure about is the romance of this book. I love romance but Reece and Amanda didn't strike me as a great couple. I think that their actions were a bit too rushed/forced. Oh, and Reece's mom rushing into dating that fast? Also weird. 
Nothing Left To Burn wasn't the perfect read that I was hoping for but I'm glad I got the chance to read it. It's a good YA contemporary book with some good old firefighting action and a few twists around the corner to keep the reader entertained. Definitely worth the shot.
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About The Author:

Powered by chocolate, Patty Blount is the award-winning author of novels for teens including Some Boys (2015 Firecracker Award winner, 2015 Rita Award Finalist, 2015 Bookseller's Best Award Finalist), TMI, and SEND, as well as contemporary holiday romances, A Match Made at Christmas and its sequel, His Touch.






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The Week's Entrée #82

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

Last week was a stressful one for all of us living here in Mexico. Hurricane Patricia sure gave us all a big scare but thankfully, nothing major happened. Now we have a house full of food! Better safe than sorry, right? ;)


In other news, I finished two books! YAY.  You can't even imagine how happy I feel to be able to read a bit more nowadays. My days were bleak when I couldn't even squeeze in a few pages what with all the homework, thesis, internship and other duties. It was torture. But now it's getting easier and I'm more relaxed. This sure proves that books are the best kind of medicine to a stressful mind. ;)

What say you? How have you been holding up? Are you getting ready for Halloween? I'm jelly! Wish Halloween was more of an event here. *sniffs*

*****
Book reviews in other sites:


It took my AGES to finish this book, and it wasn't that it was particularly bad, it's just that I wasn't that taken with the story. It is cutesy and the characters are nice, but nothing really wowed me. Oh, maybe the whole idea about weredragons. That certainly intrigued me but besides that, everything was okay. I gave it 3 solid stars rating.

Here's the book's summary:

Never judge a dragon
by her human cover…

Sixteen-year-old Kitty Lung has everyone convinced she’s a normal teen—not a secret government operative, not the one charged with protecting the president’s son, and certainly not a were-dragon. The only one she trusts with the truth is her best friend—and secret crush—the über-hot Bulisani Mathe.

Then a junior operative breaks Rule Number One by changing into his dragon form in public—on Kitty’s watch—and suddenly, the world knows. About dragons. About the Draconic Intelligence Command (DIC) Kitty works for. About Kitty herself.

Now the government is hunting down and incarcerating dragons to stop a public panic, and a new shape-shifting enemy has kidnapped the president’s son. Kitty and Bulisani are the last free dragons, wanted by both their allies and their enemies. If they can’t rescue the president’s son and liberate their fellow dragons before getting caught themselves, dragons might never live free again.


*****
Books I Got Last Week:

{For review}
From Netgalley, authors, publishers, etc.


Huge thanks to the publicists for sending me these books!

To Read This Week:


I'm reading Air Awakens by the lovely Elise Kova! ♥ I'm thrilled to finally read this book because the author told me it has TWO Princes, and you know how much I love my YA book princes. ♥  I really hope this book turns out to be as awesome as everyone says it is. ;)

*****
And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading this week? :)

How I Write My Book Reviews (Gif-by-Gif Style)

If anyone is curious to how I usually end up writing my reviews, here is how my process looks like! Hehe enjoy. ;)

After I finish a book.
(And by party, I mean writing reviews.)

And so I start! I write my initial thoughts...


I sort of keep writing.


Then, well...


So after much writing and re-writing, I start winging it to clear my mind, LOL.

Something's gotta work!

And if it doesn't...


Then it's


I clear my head, dance around, I go pour myself a cup of coffee (or tea) because this reviewer needs her energy!


Then it HITS ME.


The review juices come flowing!


I write about my ships and feels. About the characters.


If there were things I disliked, I write them down.


But overall, I just go into full fangirling mode and I let everything out.


And then I'm done.


Easy peasy.


Then I go back to reading because BOOKS. ♥


Haha, how does YOUR reviewing process look like? :D

Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas


Title: Crown of Midnight
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Published: August 15th, 2013
Page count: 418 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Book Summary:
Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan's deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies' blood - but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors - a captain and a prince - and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom... 

 *The Chef's Review*

     My rating: 5/5 stars
I love this series! It only keeps getting better and better.

I can't even begin to describe it. Ever since the first time I read the first book, I was completely hooked. Now, reading the second book, you will notice that it doesn't lose it's charm. It's just as exciting and downright amazing! To keep this short and sweet, I'll just try to tell you the general idea of this book with the least information possible.

Cealena is the main character of this series, who happens to be a very skillful assassin. She lives in a kingdom where fae and magic exist, although it is prohibited by law. For various circumstances in life, she ends up being the king's champion (in other words: the king's puppet). Now the king is the big guy who we all learn to hate. Celaena of course is no one's puppet, she does things her way (she is that cool). Words get out were they say that there is a secret society that's working against the king. Celaena finds out about them and she is torn between joining or ignoring since her real wish is to be free. She ends up investigating the whole situation and hopefully with that, she will make up her mind. Meanwhile, a lot of weird things are happening all around her, not to mention the super scary something that lives in the library (one of Celaenas's favorite places).

I'm going to say it again: I love this book! It's funny, it has romance, magic and mystery. It has great characters specially Chaol (who I still love, btw). I highly recommend this book, you are in for a treat. Although, who am I kidding? You've probably read it already! Now gimme Heir of Fire! :D

Attention! Enter Sourcebooks Fire's Amazing "This Is Where It Ends" Giveaway!

Hi everyone! I just want to give you a quick heads up for the awesome giveaway Sourcebooks Fire is hosting for the upcoming  2016 debut release of This Is Where It Ends by MariekeNijkamp!
The giveaway is being hosted on the newly launched Tumblr site (be sure to follow them there!) and they'll be giving away advance copies of This Is Where It Ends along with chalk boards & chalk! Isn't that amazing? I want! ♥
But why chalk boards & chalk? Well, if you take a peek below, you'll see the awesome cover of this book and you'll pretty much get why. I've also included the blurb to get you all excited about this book. It has AWESOME reviews and it's one of my next reads!

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Sourcebooks Fire / January 5th, 3016
YA Contemporary
10:00 a.m.

The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.


10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

SO COOL , RIGHT?! Now head over to Tumblr and enter the giveaway! 

Book Review: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Title: Legacy of Kings
Series: Blood of Gods and Royals #1
Author: Eleanor Herman
Genre: YA High Fantasy
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published:  August 18th, 2015
Page Count:  384 pages
Format:  eBook
Source: From Paper Lantern Lit


Summary:
Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to a newcomer…

Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…

Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.

And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

Weaving fantasy with the shocking details of real history, New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known, Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series. 
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars

Wow! Legacy of Kings is a FANTASTIC read. It hooked me right after page one and it made it SO HARD to put down every single time I had to go back to reality. I just wanted to read and be consumed by the story!

I've stated countless of times before how important characters are for me, how they are usually what make or break a story. And it's a bit worrying at first considering how Legacy of Kings has this whole array of characters and POVs. I sometimes dislike books like this because I usually end up disliking one of the POVs or getting bored every single time it's a character's turn to move the story forward. But not with Legacy of Kings. The characters ARE the story. Each and every single one of them--Katerina, Jacob, Alexander, Hephaestion, Zofia, Cynane, Olympias (so many, I know!)--were so intriguing. I loved how they acted and changed throughout the story, how they surprised and did the expected and unexpected. For me, at least, it was hard to guess what they were planning on doing so this is what made it all the more exciting.

 If I had to pick a favorite character, I think I'd go for Katerina. I know it's an obvious choice since she's like one of the most important characters, but it had more to do with how she moves forward in the story. She's driven by the purpose to exact vengeance upon the person who killed her mother, and it's interesting how she slowly pieces together the truth. I wasn't totally on the dark for this secret, I had my hunch right from the start, but it was still amazing how it all develops.

Another one I loved was of course, Alexander. It is HIS story after all. I wasn't particularly familiar before with Alexander the Great, but now I can surely say I'm intrigued by his character. Okay, I'm not sure how much historically accurate he is in this book, but I loved how in here, he's loyal and has a sincere sense of duty towards his people. He strives to be the ruler everyone needs him to be. But I felt for his pain of not being entirely healthy and his embarrassment of being seen as weak because of his bad leg. It must have been extremely hard to keep his head up high. 

I know a lot of readers may be a bit hesitant to pick up this book. Legacy of Kings DOES have a lot of POVs and it is a bit slow, but I wouldn't have had any other way because it's necessary for the story. It's the kind of story that cannot be rushed. When you hit the second half mark, it certainly picks up more and from then on, it's a whirlwind of action and exciting revelations!

All in all, Legacy of Kings IS a book that delivers. It's perfect for fantasy lovers. Perfect for historical readers. Perfect if you love action, dark magic, and romance. It's freakin' EPIC.

S.F.D. Mission: Open Letter to Emily Henry, Author of The Love That Split The World




Hello lovely readers! Welcome to my first mission of Sassy's Fangirl Debuts! If you missed my earlier post about the S.F.D., here is a recap: 

Sassy's Fangirl Debuts is a super elite group of agents who have crossed their hearts and sworn to die (not necessarily) to promote and cheer on 2016 debut authors and their books. This amazing team of agents was pulled together by the wonderful Talina, also known as Agent T, of Sassy & Dangerous book blog! Together, we will be doing our very best to be carrying on secret (okay, not THAT secret) missions of spreading the 2016 debut love by writing guest posts, interviews and so much more! For more info about the S.F.D.,, you can check out my post.

Now, back to our first mission for Sassy's Fangirl Debuts, I am extremely excited (and so very nervous) to show you my open letter to a debut author! I have been assigned to write a letter to the wonderful Emily Henry, author of The Love That Split The World!

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January 26th 2016 by Razorbill
YA Sci-Fi

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves. 

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start... until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.
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Open Letter to Emily Henry

Dear Emily Henry,

First of all, Hiiiiii! *cue fangirling* I'm beyond thrilled to have the chance to write you this letter today because, well, IT'S YOU. I couldn't be any happier! When I first saw your book, The Love that Split the World, roaming around twitter a few months ago, it was truthfully a love at first sight kind of thing. I knew back then that this book was a book I needed in my life and a book I MUST get and read at all cost. I honestly cannot wait for that day to come!

But why am I so excited about your book? Well, it's because of this THING I felt when I first set my eyes on it. It was this pull, this want, this NEED. My heart soared when I first saw it, I swear, because LOOK AT YOUR BEAUTIFUL COVER. I've seen it a million times and I can't get enough of it! 

But when I read about it. Gosh, my thoughts were:  "Is this for real?! Could this book be as amazing as it sounds?!" Time traveling has always intrigued me, the possibilities are endless, and I love how your book seems to focus on "all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken" (had to quote your perfect blurb!). I have really high expectations, but don't be nervous about that, you don't need to worry. I've read the reviews! They RAVE, they make this book SHINE. And it makes me so, so, happy. I'm sure you must be beyond happy too. ♥

All I have left to say is that I wish you the best for your upcoming release in January. I'll probably be fangirling too much on twitter, in here, and everywhere else I can think of. You and your book deserve it!

Much love from one of your booknerds. ♥
- Melissa


About the Author:

Emily Henry  is a full-time writer, proofreader, and donut connoisseur. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it.
Emily’s debut, THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD (Penguin/Razorbill, January 2016) is a Young Adult speculative novel pitched as the heady romance and nostalgia of “Friday Night Lights” meets the world-bending mystery of “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” Guided by the enigmatic apparition she calls Grandmother, an adopted teenager must find her place in the world by navigating a cosmic phenomenon that allows her to see different versions and eras of her small Kentucky town; the stakes are raised when she falls in love with a beautiful but elusive boy.
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Check out the open letters to other 2016 debut authors from the rest of the S.F.D. Agents!

Agent Talina (our fearless leader) from Sassy & Dangerous
Agent Stefani from Caught Read Handed
Agent Emily from Emily Reads Everything
Agent Heather from Hermit Librarian
Agent Eileen from BookCatPin
Agent Karina from A Reader Under the Sea
Agent Deanna from Books A Blog
Agent Nori from Read Write Love
Agent Alexandra from Literary Legionnaire
Agent Claudia from Penmarkings
Agent Kaitlin from Next Page Please
Agent Jasmine from Jasmine Pearls Read
Agent Angel from Avid Reader
Agent Blessie from Mischievous Reads
Agent Bex from Aurelia
Agent Kaitlin from Reading Is My Treasure
Agent Aila from One Way or An Author
Agent Jess from Princessica of Books
Agent Jamie from Books and Ladders
Agent Lauren from Live Love Read
Agent Lizzie from Big Books and Grande Lattes
Agent Aimee from Deadly Darlings
Agent Erin from The Hardcover Lover