Water's Wrath (Air Awakens #4) Cover Reveal + Giveaway!

HI GUYS! Once again I'm extremely excited to bring you the cover reveal of the next book  in the ever amazing Air Awakens series by Elise Kova, Water's Wrath! This is the fourth and second-to-last installment *weeps* that will be coming out on April 26th!


If you haven't had the chance to read this series, then I must take a quick second before showing you the cover to tell you that you absolutely MUST get yourself a copy ASAP. This series is FREAKINTASTIC and the next thing after that.  Princes, magic, romance, feels, action, and so much more can be found in these beautiful books. MY ALDRIK. ♥♥♥

Now on to share that cover love!
Here are the covers of the first three books in the series that are so darn gorgeous:



Air AwakensAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Fire FallingAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository 

Earth's EndAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository 

AREN'T THEY?!

And you might ask "Melissa, these covers are already too awesome, how can Water's Wrath ever top that?"

Well, my dear friends, it's a hard thing for sure, and I also thought it to be impossible, but...


Take a look...



Down below....



And prepare to be....



STUNNED






LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFULNESS!!!!!!! 

Merilliza Chan (Meril), YOU ROCK. This cover is so  amazing and I'm so glad that Elise Kova found you. You two make great team. Thank you for another amazing cover. I love it so so so much. Can't wait to read it!

Fangirling aside, here's the official blurb:

Water's Wrath by Elise Kova
Air Awakens #4
April 26th, 2016
Librarian turned sorcerer. Sorcerer turned hero. Hero turned puppet.


The Solaris Empire found victory in the North and, at the cost of her heart and her innocence, Vhalla Yarl has earned her freedom. But the true fight is only beginning as the secret forces that have been lurking in the shadows, tugging at the strings of Vhalla’s fate, finally come to light. Nowhere is safe, and Vhalla must tread carefully or else she’ll fall into the waiting arms of her greatest foe. Or former lover.
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About the Author



Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.
Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook. Visit her website, EliseKova.com, for news and extras about her books!
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Now keep on reading for Elise Kova's thoughts about the first three covers of the Air Awakens series!

Cover Reveal Exclusive: My Thoughts on the Covers’ Symbolism So Far

Six months ago, almost to the day, Air Awakens came out. It was my debut novel as an independent author, no publisher and no agent behind me, and I had no idea what would come of it. Now, six months later, I can’t believe I’m revealing the cover on the fourth book of the Air Awakens series.
I say every cover is my favorite, because it gets harder and harder to pick. Each of the covers, in their own way, has been perfect for the book they belong with. My cover artist, Merilliza Chan, is amazing at taking direction and incorporating my suggestions.
Part of why each cover is perfect is because there are little hints, teasers, and call-outs to the story within. Without giving too many spoilers, here’s a couple notes on each of the Air Awakens covers so far!
Air Awakens
First off, notice how Vhalla’s sash is black. In the book, the sash that goes with her apprentice robes is cerulean. This, combined with her robes slowly turning black around the back of the cover is indicative of sorcery making a mark on her. But she hasn’t yet committed, she has yet to don all-black robes. The wind in her hair and sense of movement is a call-out to her affinity. The book in her hands, is representative of three things: her work in the library, the book she exchanges notes in, and the book she brings to the garden. Which, speaking of, the roses around her… well, if you’ve read the book you know what, or who, those are meant to symbolize. But I told Meril I wanted something ominous, something wicked about them. And the thorns going through them were perfect!

Fire Falling
Here is the first cover we see our dark prince on. Fire Falling is named after three incidents in the book… When Aldrik falls to his knees before Vhalla in the Crossroads, the Rites of the FALLen in the Crossroads for another, and the end of the book. Since two of the three aspects of the title of the book related to Aldrik it was only natural that he had to be on the cover. In Fire Falling, Aldrik is beginning to function as a guiding force for Vhalla and, on the cover, he’s looking over his shoulder at her. He can’t openly admit to their association. Vhalla’s eyes are glowing orange and she’s alight, immersed in flame. This was done to symbolize their Bond and Joining. That not only can his flames not harm her, but that he is connected on a mental and magical level. She is also wearing the armor Aldrik crafted for her.

Earth’s End
Now, the symbolism is beginning to get heavy. Vhalla is alone again on the cover, venturing into the wilderness. She’s almost facing the camera, symbolizing how she is growing into her own and becoming a more realized person. In the sky above her is a fire bird. We literally see this formed in the book, but it also is symbolic of a phoenix, rising from its own ashes. I think this works for Vhalla and Aldrik in their own ways through Earth’s End. The cloak she’s wearing is the one she receives from Tim with slash marks. The watch in her hand was gifted to her. And, in her other hand, we see a special sort of magic… Finally, one other note… Carved into a tree that’s on the back of printed books is a symbol – that is actually the symbol of Shaldan!
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The Week's Entrée #92

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

Guess what guess what guess what!!!! I just can't contain myself from sharing with you the epic news I got last week. It's sort of silly, but I won 26 books. TWENTY-SIX. From Maximum Pop Books' Massive YA Giveaway. When I received the news I was working and I was so busy I had to swallow my excitement, basically looking like this:




But internally, I was so like:



I still can hardly believe it. Won't believe it until they arrive. I don't know when, but I hope they get here safely. ♥

*****
My new book!

{Purchased} 


I got my awesome copy of Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard! And it's signed. Also, it's the first book I purchase from Amazon Mexico. Loved how fast it shipped.♥

To Read This Week:



This week I WILL read The Island. I said I was going to read it last week but I didn't get around to reading this weekend. Boo. After The Island, I will read Into the Dim!

*****
And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you reading right now? :)

2016 Love-A-Thon: Bookshelf Colors Challenge


Hi guys! I wish I could have been a bit more active on the Love-A-Thon but life got in the way :( However, I could just not participate in the super fun Bookshelf Colors Challenge!
This challenge consists on picking books based on their spine colors and to follow each  color's prompt. Cool, right? Off we go!

BOOKSHELF COLORS CHALLENGE


RED: Flip to page 119, and find the first line of the third paragraph. This line is the first sentence of a book about you.



“It's going to look wonderful on you.”
I like it. Seems that I am wearing a fab outfit to what? A dance? A date? So many posibilities.

ORANGE: Flip to page 3. The first name you see when you crack open the book is your book BFF.


Peggy, the plaid wearing porcelain doll with a Scottish terrier
How sad is it that I'm BFF with a porcelain doll!? Sounds like I'm in a horror movie or something.

YELLOW
: Flip to page 185. The first body part mentioned is where your superpower is.

Head
I think I might me able to read minds? Or look into the future? Must be one cool superpower!

GREEN: Flip to page 238. The first place mentioned is where your book is set.


Washington, DC
I've never visited, so it would be fun to check this place out!

BLUE: Flip to page 45. The first name you see when you crack open the book is your book boyfriend/girlfriend.

Cal
I'm more thank okay with this choice! ♥

PURPLE: Flip to page 77. The first adjective used describes your book boyfriend.

Pale
YES. Make him tall and brooding and we're good. ♥

PINK: Flip to page 94. The first name you see is your fictional nemesis.

Ash
NOOOOOOO! I LOVE HIM. Maybe because we had to break up in order to marry Cal?

BROWN: Flip to page 216. The first object you see is your weapon of choice.

Red Kite
What the heck am I supposed to do with a red kite? Go to the park with my enemies and fly it together?

BLACK: Flip to pages 198, 228 & 146, and find one name on each page. These people will be your apocalypse squad.

Scott, Jev (Patch) & Norah
Not bad at all. I can't really who this Scott guys is, but I certainly think I'm in good hands with Patch and Nora. :) We'll fly kites.

WHITE: Flip to page 28, and find the second sentence of the fifth paragraph. This is last thing you will ever say.

“Hey, I thought I was your best friend!”
Damn you Peggy!!! I knew I should not have trusted you. Serves me right to befriend a porcelain doll. *cries*

This was fun. Happy Love-A-Thon!!!

2016 Love-A-Thon: Introduction!

Hi everyone! This weekend I'll be participating in the Love-A-Thon hosted by 4 incredible book bloggers: Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Hazel of Stay Bookish and Mel of The Daily Prophecy. This Love-A-Thon's purpose is to spread all the love with fellow book bloggers and readers, make new friends, and of course, talk about books!

For my first post, I'll be sharing my answers to the fun questionnaire so you can get to know me a bit better! ;)

LOVE-A-THON QUESTIONNAIRE
1. What’s your name?

My name is Melissa Robles, but widely known as Melissa de Montigny since I married my fictional boyfriend Prince Tristan de Montigny from Stolen Songbird. :D

2. Where in the world are you blogging from?

From Mexico! Hola!!


3. How did you get into blogging in the first place?

Hmmm... I think I discovered the bookish community back in 2010, when I started visiting book publishers' websites and their Facebook pages. I saw them sharing reviews from book bloggers and once I visited a few, I fell in love with the whole idea and I knew I wanted to also by part of this amazing community. I started slowly by joining Goodreads and the book review team at Cuzinlogic.com, then as a guest reviewer on another site, until I finally made up my mind to start my own book blog in January 2014!

4. How did you come up with your blog name?

Oh, the name came to me real fast! When my sister told me she wanted to co-blog, I immediately knew we should call it The Reader and the Chef, I'm the reader, she's the chef. Piece o' cake! 

5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?

I  believe fantasy and contemporary YA are the genres I read the most.  Fantasy because I love the world-building and epicness I go through every time I read them, especially since in this genre is where I can usually find book princes to fall in love with (and I LOVE book princes, they are my obsession!), and contemporary because I love sweet, swoony reads that make me hope for something similar to happen to me later on in my life. LOL

However, if I read a sci-fi book (for example) and I love it, I usually end up binging several more books from that genre because I just need more from that type of world. ;)

6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?

I love to participate on blog tours & talk about special events for my favorite books like read-alongs. From time to time, I also write discussion posts and do bookish lists about.. random stuff. ;)

In my sister's reviews/posts you can usually find a delicious dish/dessert to go with the book she talks about!

I also have a weekly feature where I talk about the books I get, things that are happening on the blog and on twitter, my reviews on Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers, and what I'll be reading in the week. 

7. Best blogging experience so far?

Oh this is hard!Hmm, I think I'll have to go with the amazing opportunity to beta read Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen. If it weren't for my blog, I would have never dared reach out to my favorite author and ask for an interview to share on my blog, which eventually lead to more interaction and the incredible opportunity to Beta.

Oh, and another amazing experience is to have an author say that my reviews/posts make them happy. Just recently, Ami Allen-Vath, author of Liars and Losers Like Us posted on her instagram that my review was one of her favorite reviews. My heart & I burst into tears. It is the best feeling ever. ♥ 

But seriously, book blogging as a whole and getting to know so many amazing authors & book bloggers/readers is the best experience in the word!


8. Favorite thing about the blogging community?

I love how we are all in this together. We are passionate, dedicated, a bit crazy, and so in love with books! I have made tons of friends and I love every one of them. My lovely readers, my awesome twitter friends. Love you all! ♥

9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016!

  • Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen (can't wait to talk about it with everyone!)
  • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
  • Water's Wrath by Elise Kova
  • The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
  • The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

10. Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years!

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • Alienated by Melissa Landers
  • A  Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

11. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?


The Good Sister by Jamie Kain was absolutely amazing and it completely destroyed me. It's so darn beautiful and sad and a million other things. There's a certain scene that's always on the back of my mind and I swear I will never forget it. Read this book, you guys. It's so so good.

12. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?

Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. It's not that we have similar personalities, we don't, but I would love to have such a bright person in my life. She's so awesome. And she comes with Anna, Etiénne, AND Cricket, so more awesome friends!

13. Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend?

Prince Tristan de Montigny from Stolen Songbird. Always. ♥

14. Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad?

My love, Tristan. Prince Ash & Puck from The Iron Fey series, Vhalla from Air Awakens, aaaaaand Hermione. Have to have a bit of everything in my squad!

15. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?

I love to sing. I'm not a REALLY good singer, but I do sing quite well. My voice can reach high notes found in Opera songs. I just recently nailed Sarah Brightman's and Andrea Bocelli's Time To Say Goodbye and it felt glorious. I mean, I've always been able to sing it, but not as good as I did recently. The sad thing is, I have stage fright. LOL.

16. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?

FOOD. I love food. So... food. I hardly buy myself stuff to be honest. But I guess clothes too..

17. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing?

The first song that pops into my mind is Party in the USA from Miley Cyrus. IT'S THE WORDING OF THE Q, I SWEAR LOL. *puts hands up nodding her head like yeah*


Forgetting that one, I think the song that would get me moving like no other would be All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor. Just to do that little number. 


18. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book. 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins should be a movie!!! WHY IS IT NOT A MOVIE YET??? It would be PERFECT.

19. What would your dream library look like?

hehe beast and all ;)

20. Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with?

Danielle L. Jensen! One day I'll get to meet her and thank her for writing my favorite books. ♥

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Thanks so much for reading! :)

Book Review + Giveaway: Strings by David Estes


"A wonderful retelling of the Pinocchio story...I simply couldn’t put this book down."  Rysa Walker, bestselling author of TIMEBOUND


Title: Strings
Author: David Estes
Genre: YA Fantasy/Dystopia
Publication Date:  February 15th, 2016
Page Count:  354 pages
Format:  eARC
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review


Summary:
Sometimes the strings that tie us down are the same strings that set us free.

Sixteen-year-old Pia has always lived in a mysterious facility where mechanical strings control her existence. She plays apprentice to her father, Gio, in performing nanotech designs for the Company, and she soon suspects there are diabolical human forces behind the manufactured reality of her world. 

Though her childhood memories and the origins of the strings remain strangely elusive, she begins to find solace with the introduction of two unlikely friends: daring, irrational Sofia, and calm, tender Marco. 

As the truths of the past and present unravel together, Pia must find a way to free herself from her strings and escape the facility before facing the wrath of the unstable head of security, Mr. Davis. But to gain her freedom, she must navigate the dangers posed by Davis and by her suspicious new friends to find the real identity of the puppeteer. 

If Pia can succeed in revealing the secrets of the Company, she may very well find the independence she so desperately seeks. But in her controlled world nothing is as it seems, and the closer she gets to the truth, the graver the consequences. 
*The Reader's Review*

My rating: 4/5 stars

This is not the first time that I wish to get inside David Estes’ mind and explore all his crazy and absolutely awesome ideas for storytelling. I know there are MANY fairytale retellings out there, from Beauty and the Beast to Cinderella, and though there is no doubt each one is fantastic (at least the ones I’ve read), I have to say this retelling of PINOCCHIO (I know!!!) is one of the most imaginative retellings I’ve had the pleasure of reading.

First of all, the STRINGS. The idea of strings controlling the main character, Pia, is absolutely terrifying and later on, genius. How they make her do things unwillingly, how they are attached to 15 places in her body making her the human Pinocchio. She can move around thanks to the special ceiling made from a substance that allows the strings to pass freely, but one wrong step and the strings can turn deadly. But Pia is not the only one controlled by these strings, her father is also kept prisoner in the compound that forces them to work endlessly on technology never getting a day off in their lives, until the Company gets new management. THEN SO MANY THINGS HAPPEN.

I deeply enjoyed reading Strings and although it has very few characters, all of them were so darn interesting, starting with tiny Fig (who is Pinocchio’s cricket but as a nanobot!). Seriously, David Estes KNOWS how to make the best awesome friends. I loved Fig like no other character in this story because he was funny, sarcastic and loyal to Pia. Team Fig all the way!

And Marcos? He made me swoon hard. He’s not your usual male character and that’s why I loved him all the more. YAY for diversity! That’s all I can say about him for now. But you SHOULD meet him soon.

All in all, Strings turned out to be a wonderful read and strengthened my resolve to read the rest of David Estes’ books. Strings is actually a standalone (I think) so if you want to start reading books by this author, then I definitely recommend to start with this one.

Giveaway



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About the Author

David Estes is the author of more than 20 science fiction and fantasy novels that have received hundreds of thousands of downloads worldwide, including The Moon Dwellers, Fire Country, Slip, Brew, and his new SciFi Pinocchio retelling, Strings. He lives in Hawaii with his inspiring Aussie wife, Adele, rambunctious son, Beau, and naughty cat, Bailey. When he's not writing, you'll likely find him at the beach swimming, snorkeling, or reading under an umbrella.

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The Week's Entrée #91

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

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day yesterday and ate lots of chocolate. My day was filled with lots of laughs and a bit of heartbreak talking about books and ships on Twitter, plus I also got to celebrate my dad's birthday. All in all, it was a good day. If only my fictional crush were right beside me, then it would have been PERFECT.




Book reviews in other sites:

I reviewed Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout at Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers

So I finally met the famous Daemon Black! I was expecting more from this book to be honest, buuuut I did enjoy myself. I liked Daemon. So I might give Oblivion (Obsidian in Daemon's POV) a go soon. ;)

Here's the book's summary:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

*****
My new books!
{For review}
From Netgalley, publishers, authors, etc.



Thank you so much for the wonderful authors for providing these eARC's for me to review. ♥

{Purchased} 

 

Already read and loved! Can't wait to share my thoughts with you soon. ♥


To Read This Week:


I'm still reading Strings by David Estes but as soon as I'm done, I will hed straight for The Island by S. Usher Evans. I AM SO EXCITED.

*****
And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you reading right now? :)