#TRTCGiveaways Spotlight: Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn!


It's Day 11 in the 31 DAYS OF INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAYS on Instagram! Today we are happy to feature Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn! I already read and LOVED this book, it's so cute and perfect for fans of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins! Read more about it below and enter to win the giveaway courtesy of the author linked at the end of this post! Enjoy. ♥
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Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn
July 18th, 2017 from Swoon Reads
YA Contemporary
Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.

So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired.

But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to just get over it.

Instagram Giveaway!

The lovely Jennifer Honeybourn is giving away a signed copy of WESLEY JAMES RUINED MY LIFE! Giveaway is open International! Enter by clicking the image below!

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About Jennifer Honeybourn


Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she’d have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. 
She is represented by Hannah Fergesen at KT Literary.

The Week's EntrΓ©e #179

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's EntrΓ©e!

Dear friends, I AM IN PAIN. So on Saturday night I decided to watch 'Your Name', an anime movie about a boy and a girl who suddenly find themselves waking up in each other's bodies a few times per week, and GOSH, how the whole story unfolds... it's unbelievable. It broke me in more ways than one. I cried so hard, but let me tell you that it's such a painfully beautiful story and GAH, someone take away my feeeeeeels.


Have you seen it? If not, I highly recommend you do. It's a visually stunning animation and the storyline is GOLD. It will move you and cause you so much pain but you'll love every second of it! Honestly cannot wait to watch it again tonight and the next day and every day until I know it by heart. ♥


*AHEM* Feels aside,  I reviewed ONE book last week and I feel so proud of it LOL. My book reviewing slump has finally come to an end and I'm already excited to review more books. Hopefully. Will attempt to review more, I have a long list of books that need reviewing!
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New books!
{For review}
From authors, publishers, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.


The lovely people of Penguin Random House sent me the audiobooks of Batman Nightwalker by Marie Lu and Meet Cute edited by Jennifer L. Armentrout! Super excited to listen to these awesome stories!



I also downloaded Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh, Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian, Royals by Rachel Hawkins, and Shadowsong by S. Jae Jones from Edelweiss and Netgalley! Aren't these covers so epicly gorgeous?! Cannot wait to read them all!
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To Read This Week:


I'm currently reading Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking for a tour stop on YABC and also I'm on episode 10 of ReMade season 1, Mirror of Fate written by Gwenda Bond. Things are getting so good in this serial!!!
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And that's it for this edition of The Week's EntrΓ©e! What are you all reading? :)

#TRTCGiveaways Spotlight: Everland by Wendy Spinale!


It's Day 10 in the 31 DAYS OF INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAYS on Instagram! Today we are STOKED to feature the Everland series by the every amazing, Wendy Spinale! This is a YA Retelling Steampunk series featuring tales such as Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, plus the third book will be about The Wizard of Oz!!! Read more about this fantastic series below & don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post. Enjoy! ♥
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Everland by Wendy Spinale
May 10th, 2016 from Scholastic Press
YA Fantasy/Steampunk
The only way to grow up is to survive.

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the deadly Marauders—the German army led by the cutthroat Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook is on the hunt for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the surviving children. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return.

Until one day when they grab Joanna. Gwen will stop at nothing to get her sister back, but as she sets out, she crosses paths with a daredevil named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it might cost Gwen more than she bargained for. And are Gwen, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart the ruthless Captain Hook?

Umberland by Wendy Spinale
May 9th, 2017 from Scholastic Press
YA Fantasy/Steampunk
They’re dreadfully fond of beheading people here…

Gwen, Pete, and the others have escaped from Everland. Except the safe haven they hoped to find at Alnwick Castle doesn’t exist. With the Queen of England on her deathbed, Duchess Alyssa has stepped in, but things have gotten worse as the cure Doc created for the Horologia virus has mutated into something even more deadly. The only possible solution he can think of is to go back to the virus’s origin: an extinct poisonous apple.

Legend has it, though, that a tree bearing the apple might be found at the center of an impossible labyrinth hidden deep within Germany. A place no one in their right mind enters. With no other options, Alyssa sets out with only her sword, her wits, and the help of Maddox Hadder, a wild boy who oversees the castle gardens. To get to the center of the maze, she’ll be forced to battle monsters more terrifying than her darkest nightmares.

But can anyone truly survive the madness of the maze? And what if there’s no apple to be found there?
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Instagram Giveaway!

The lovely Wendy Spinale is giving away a Paperback of Everland OR Umberland (winner's choice)! Giveaway is open International! Enter by clicking the image below!

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About Wendy Spinale

I must admit, I have lived an extraordinary life and will forever be grateful for the opportunities I have had. 

I was the middle of three kids, my older brother being deaf for as far back as I can remember. At the time, I didn’t realize how much that would later impact my life. I was a sign language interpreter for a short time (although I’m extremely rusty now), taught my kids to sign as infants, and now am using that experience in my current manuscript.

During college I was living in southern California working for Disneyland as a Cast Member in the Entertainment Department. I met my husband there who was also a performer. After four incredible years working with the Mouse, we moved to his hometown in the Bay Area.

I eventually got my Bachelor’s in Kinesiology and worked in the fitness industry for ten years before a knee injury ended my career. Not sure what to do with my time, I applied to job posting to be an online journalist. I loved writing, but had no experience. I didn’t hear back so I wrote up a review about a local restaurant and sent it to them to prove I could do the job. Twenty-four hours later, I was a journalist with AOL Media/Pleasanton Patch.

I spent three great years with them before cut backs forced me without a job again. That’s when I started writing my first novel, which went nowhere. Dozens of rejection letters later. I started a second book. A year later I was offered representation by Thao Le from Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and within another six months I was offered a book deal. EVERLAND (Scholastic) is scheduled to debut Summer of 2016!

Today I live in the Bay Area with my husband and three sons who are my biggest fans. While they’re off at work and school, I bounce ideas off my four-legged, furry family members, Odie and Sammy.

#TRTCGiveaways Spotlight: The Avalonia Chronicles by Farah Oomerbhoy!


It's Day 9 in the 31 DAYS OF INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAYS on Instagram! Today we are super thrilled to spotlight THE AVALONIA CHRONICLES by Farah Oomerbhoy! We absolutely LOVE this YA Fantasy series because it has magic, adventure, princes, fae, and so many different kingdoms to visit! It's a must read indeed for all YA Fantasy lovers & we are happy to host a giveaway courtesy of Farah Oomerbhoy! Read more about these amazing books below & don't forget to enter the giveaway found at the end of this post. Enjoy! ♥
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The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy
August 15th, 2015 from Wise Ink Creative Publishing
YA Fantasy
16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.

Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way.

Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.

With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.


The Rise of the Dawnstar by Farah Oomerbhoy
April, 2017 from Wise Ink Creative Publishing
YA Fantasy
Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.

The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world.

With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen.

Aurora might have survived her first battle against Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…
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Instagram Giveaway!

The lovely Farah Oomerbhoy is giving away hardcover copies of THE LAST OF THE FIREDRAKES & THE RISE OF THE DAWNSTAR + swag! Giveaway is open International! Enter by clicking the image below!


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About Farah Oomerbhoy

Farah Oomerbhoy is the international bestselling author of The Avalonia Chronicles. Her first book, The Last of the Firedrakes, was originally published on Wattpad where it gained over two million reads and a Watty Award. Since publication, her debut has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, along with winning a finalist placement in the USA Best Book Awards. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. With a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai, Farah spends her creative time crafting magical worlds for young adults. She lives with her family in Mumbai, India. 


Book Review: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Title: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
Series: Rise of the Empress #1
Author: Julie C. Dao
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Philomel Books
Published:  October 10th, 2017
Page Count:  363 pages
Format:  Hardcover
Source: Fairyloot


Summary:
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.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 3/5 stars

It took me a long time to finish Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, but overall, this book turned out to be a solid story. Julie C. Dao's writing is beautiful and poetic--the perfect voice for a tale such as this one!

What I Liked:

I love fairytale retellings and even more from the point of view of the future antagonist! Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is a retelling of The Evil Queen (Snow White) and I enjoyed when pieces of this enigmatic figure came up at certain points in the story.  Xifeng, the main character, battles with herself for the most part of the story, torn between wanting a simple life with the man she loves (or thinks she loves) to the life of an Empress she believes she is destined to have. Choosing to follow what she believes is her fate, she becomes ruthless and even eats the hearts of those that stand in her way, believing she is doing them a favor to live on within her.

Xifeng is not the most likeable character (for obvious reasons), but she has a certain charm. It's not often when I get to read books with an anti-heroine and I do like them a lot. It's entertaining to read how their minds work, how they transform and change throughout the novel from good to bad and vice-versa, just like Xifeng does in this story. Can't say I root for her, but I certainly want to see how far she goes.

However, I can say that I fell more for her traveling companions and Wei, her small-town lover. If there's one character I wish to read more about is him! He's not a perfect person, but he certainly fought for Xifeng, believing he could get her free from her aunt's clutches, not knowing he's also fighting Xifeng's own desires. 

What Left Me Wanting More:

Although Julie C. Dao's writing is beautiful and lyrical (could probably lose myself in her vivid descriptions), this book left me wanting more dialogue and action. More showing rather than telling. Xifeng's thoughts were interesting, but there came a time when it got too repetitive and made it harder for me to keep reading and not pick up another read.

With the above in mind, there were also some secrets revealed within this book without any form of reaction from Xifeng or other characters, which in turn made it duller for me as a reader. Perhaps this is a reflection of Xifeng's emotional state, but I do wish to have seen a bit of internal conflict. Especially with Guma, her aunt.

Final Verdict:

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is a nice retelling about the Evil Queen and her rise to the throne before facing Snow-White. It is set in East Asia so there's beautifully imagery involved, but I do wish we could have explored more of it. There's always the sequel though!

#TRTCGiveaways Spotlight: Devils Within by S.F. Henson


It's Day 8 in the 31 DAYS OF INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAYS on Instagram! Today we are excited to spotlight DEVILS WITHIN by S.F. Henson! Devils Within is a thought-provoking book that was recently announced as a Kirkus Best Books of 2017 & a Morris Award Finalist! Check out more about this book below & don't forget to enter the giveaway that can be found at the end of this post. Enjoy! ♥
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Devils Within by S.F. Henson
October 31st, 2017 from Sky Pony Press
YA Contemporary
Killing isn’t supposed to be easy. But it is. It’s the after that’s hard to deal with. 

Nate was eight the first time he stabbed someone; he was eleven when he earned his red laces—a prize for spilling blood for “the cause.” And he was fourteen when he murdered his father (and the leader of The Fort, a notorious white supremacist compound) in self-defense, landing in a treatment center while the state searched for his next of kin. Now, in the custody of an uncle he never knew existed, who wants nothing to do with him, Nate just wants to disappear.

Enrolled in a new school under a false name, so no one from The Fort can find him, he struggles to forge a new life, trying to learn how to navigate a world where people of different races interact without enmity. But he can’t stop awful thoughts from popping into his head, or help the way he shivers with a desire to commit violence. He wants to be different—he just doesn’t know where to start.

Then he meets Brandon, a person The Fort conditioned Nate to despise on sight. But Brandon’s also the first person to treat him like a human instead of a monster. Brandon could never understand Nate’s dark past, so Nate keeps quiet. And it works for a while. But all too soon, Nate’s worlds crash together, and he must decide between his own survival and standing for what’s right, even if it isn’t easy. Even if society will never be able to forgive him for his sins.

Like a teen American History X, S.F. Henson’s Devils Within is gut-wrenching, thought-provoking, no-holds-barred look at the plague of white supremacy in contemporary American culture that may have you examining your own soul. 

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Instagram Giveaway!

The lovely S.F. Henson is giving away a SIGNED Hardcover of DEVILS WITHIN. Giveaway is open International! Enter by clicking the image below!

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About S.F. Henson

S.F. Henson was born and raised in the deep south. She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Animal Science, which she put to great use by attending law school. Her law degree has gotten some mileage, though, giving her the experience to write about criminals and other dark, nefarious subjects. She lives beside a missile test range in Huntsville, Alabama with her husband, dog, two oddly named cats, and, of course, the missiles that frequently shake her house.

#TRTCGiveaways Spotlight: The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson!


It's Day 7 in the 31 DAYS OF INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAYS on Instagram! Today we are excited to spotlight The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson! The Sandcastle Empire is one of our favorite reads of 2017, it's a YA Dystopian standalone novel, optioned for film by Leonardo DiCaprio!!! Read more about it below & enter the giveaway that we have linked at the end of this post. Enjoy! ♥
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The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
June 6th, 2017 from HarperTeen
YA Dystopian
When all hope is gone, how do you survive? 

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected. 

This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.

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Instagram Giveaway!

The amazing Kayla Olson is giving away a SIGNED Hardcover of THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE. Giveaway is open International! Enter by clicking the image below!

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About Kayla Olson

Kayla Olson lives in Texas, and can usually be found in near proximity to black coffee, the darkest chocolate, Scrivener, and an army of Sharpie highlighters. 


31 Days of International Giveaways: Of Gryphons and Other Monsters by Shannon McGee


It's Day 6 in the 31 DAYS OF INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAYS on Instagram! Today I'm super happy to host Shannon McGee and her book, Of Gryphons and Other Monsters. I LOVE this cover and it sounds freaking amazing, so be sure to read more about it below and enter the giveaway, link is at the bottom of this post. Enjoy! ♥
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Of Gryphons and Other Monsters by Shannon McGee
November 24th, 2017 
YA Fantasy
Taryn, a young shepherd from the mountains, is more than happy with the life she has been dealt. On the other hand, it is no secret that her twin brother longs for more than the drudgery of shepherding. When a mad gryphon begins to ravage local livestock a band of mercenaries is called to town to deal with them. As the twins become embroiled in a magical conflict that threatens to tear them apart, Taryn must decide who it is she can truly trust. 
A novel set in a whole new world, one populated by warriors, monsters, and magic, ‘Of Gryphons and Other Monsters’ is the first in the ‘Taryn’s Journey’ quartet.

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Instagram Giveaway!

The lovely Shannon McGee is giving away a paperback copy of OF GRYPHONS AND OTHER MONSTERS. Giveaway is open International! Enter by clicking the image below!

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About Shannon McGee
I'm Shannon McGee, avid gardener, dog and cat mom of four, amateur artist, and most importantly I'm a writer of fantasy YA.

Since I was young I've been a reader. Mostly I have been a lover of fantasy, since that is where my obsession with books began. Still, there were some stories I wanted to read that I just couldn't find, and you know what they say—if the story you want to read hasn't been written you must write it. I turned to making my own maps and filling those maps with people and then giving those people histories and stories to tell.

Of Gryphons and Other Monsters is my debut novel, but it's not going to sit by itself for long. Taryn's Journey is a quartet, and the world in which she lives has another series waiting in the wings.