Waiting on Wednesday #37: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi


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

This week I am waiting on:


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
March 6th 2018, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
YA Fantasy
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.
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Um... WOW. Have you seen that cover?!?! It's so freaking gorgeous I don't even think there will be another one to top it in 2018. But cover aside, this book sounds amazing and I cannot wait to meet its characters & journey through Orïsha! Okay, to also fall for the enemy because the hate-to-lovers trope gives me life lol.
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

The Week's Entrée #163

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

IT'S MY BIRTHDAY WEEK!


I'm not much of the celebrating type in the real world (as in going partying and such) but I do enjoy having a family reunion and eating lots of cake. So I really really hope I get a BIG CAKE. Already sent several ideas to my sister as a hint LOL. 

What do you guys do on your birthdays?

I feel as if I'm forgetting to tell you about something but I CANNOT REMEMBER. Ugh, this feeling is the worst. Oh, but I must tell you that tomorrow I might have an awesome giveaway on Instagram so be sure to visit @thereaderandthechef! ♥
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New books!
{Gift}


My lovely bestie & partner in crime Becky from The Life of a Book Nerd Addict sent me these awesome books & bookmark as an early birthday present! *cries* I quite excited to read them, especially Frostblood since I've hear so many awesome things about it! ♥
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To Read This Week:

 

I'm still reading Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke and OMG THIS BOOK IS HILARIOUS. Absolutely crazy, it's like a YA Big Brother (tv show). You must check it out! After JS, I might read Caraval by Stephanie Garber since it's the first book I assigned to my #TheReadingQuest TBR. I really hope that I stick to it this time!
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

#TheReadingQuest Challenge TBR!


Hi everyone! This month I'll also be participating in The Reading Quest challenge hosted by Read at Midnight starting on August 13th!

What is The Reading Quest? 

Basically it's a bingo board (termed The Quest Board), and each square on the board represents a stage (reading prompt) that must be completed! However, the path you take on the bingo board is entirely dependent on the chosen Character Class. Along with the separate Character Class quest levels (Purple Squares), the center of the Quest Board is a conglomeration of Side Quests (Blue Squares)! When you complete these challenges you earn extra points and bonus experience for your character. (For further details check this post.)


For the Character Class selection, we can choose from four: Mage, Knight, Bard, and Rogue!
I will be taking the Mage path & I have my cute little card and everything ♥ Below is my TBR!


Mage: As wielders of spells and witchcraft, these players will conjure and summon their way through the First Down path on the quest. Their tomes contain magic and whispers of alternate lands.

...MAGE TBR...

A book with a one word title: Caraval by Stephanie Garber 


A book that contains magic: Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows


A book based on mythology: Awaken by Skye Malone


A book set in a different world: Over Ruled by Brittney Joy


The first book of a series: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake


Side Quests I might do (tho I haven't chosen books yet):

Multiplayer: Buddy read a book
Expansion: Read a companion novel or short story

This is just what I think I will read but things can change since I'm also participating in #ARCAugust and I might switch a few titles if I see fit. This challenge looks like it's going to be so much fun and I am impressed by the amount of effort Aentee put into making this possible! Cannot wait to start!!!

Will you participating in The Reading Quest? What journey are you taking first? :D

Waiting on Wednesday #36: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston


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

This week I am waiting on:


Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
February 27th 2018, Balzer + Bray
YA Science Fiction
An action-packed tale full of romance, royalty, and adventure, inspired by the story of Anastasia. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows, Cinder, and the cult classic television show Firefly.

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?
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I. NEED. THIS. BOOK. NOW. NOW. NOW. Ashley Poston is one of my new favorite authors thanks to her awesome debut novel, Geekerella. I didn't expect for her to publish a new book so soon, but I am not complaining! Have you looked at that fabulous cover?!?! I'm not much of a sci-fi fan but if it's coming from Ashley Poston then you bet I will be first in line to read it! (Or as soon as I can get a copy) ♥
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

The Week's Entrée #162

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

I took a small blogging break last week and it honestly was the best thing I could have done. I know that I often skip days, but since Wednesday I decided I wouldn't worry for the blog for the rest of the week AT ALL  and now I feel ready to get back on the swing of things!

With that said, I'm happy to announce that we were chosen as bookstagram reps for FairyLoot


FairyLoot is an AMAZING monthly book subscription box from the UK that includes a YA Fantasy book + goodies set around a theme. September's theme is ALL THAT SASS and it's going to be EPIC. Check it out:

Do you love sassy characters? Characters that make you laugh out loud? Characters that are full of spirit and are cheeky, lively and bold?

The September ‘All That Sass’ box is inspired by our favourite sassy characters in YA! You can expect items themed on a certain blue eyed shadowhunter in The Infernal Devices, a certain high warlock in The Mortal Instruments, a blonde haired assassin in Throne of Glass, a green eyed demi-god in Percy Jackson, a sassy prince and captain from The Grisha Trilogy, as well as a couple more sassy characters that we'll hint to in social media posts... 


The book we’re featuring is full of sassy characters, adventure, evil witches, ghosts, high stakes and has some fantastic plot twists! We read this book in one sitting - it simply blew us away! It will come with a signed bookplate and letter from the author, and the FairyLoot edition will have EXCLUSIVE FOILING on the title of the cover! That’s right, only the FairyLoot edition will have this - the standard edition won’t!
Doesn't it sound so freaking cool?!? Cannot wait to receive our first box! Super excited about the exclusive foiling on the cover and since it's set around SASSY characters, I can pretty much say this box will be PERFECT.

September boxes are now ON SALE (and quickly selling out!!!) and you can use our code CHEF5 to get a 5% discount from a 3 0r 6 months subscription. :)

Promo over KJJJJ. But seriously, this is a dream come true because this box is so so cool ♥♥♥
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New books!
{Freebie}


I downloaded a free copy of Sora's Quest by T.L. Shreffler from Amazon! I LOVE this book and the series, and I will be rereading it in preparation for the 5th book in The Cat's Eye Chronicles which will be releasing soon! I didn't realize I had not downloaded it on my kindle, only on Kobo. ;) You must check this on out, it's SO FREAKING GOOD. 
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To Read This Week:


So I said I was going to read Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke but I didn't since I'm buddy reading with my friend Becky from The Life of a Book Nerd Addict and she couldn't start until today. But I already read a few pages and I'm LOVING the style. Super excited about it. I'm also reading The Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane Healey that come with our Once Upon A Book Club Box. I'm enjoying opening the gifts as I go, super fun idea!
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

Waiting on Wednesday #35: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust


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

This week I am waiting on:


Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
September 5th 2017, Flatiron Books
YA Fantasy/Retelling
Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale

At sixteen, Mina's mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.
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Omggg, I need this book. FROZEN. SNOW-WHITE. I cannot NOT read this book. Sounds so good and I love the cover. Kind of regret not requesting this book sooner, chances of getting it now are pretty slim so I'll have to get the book! Thankfully September 5th is not that far away. ;)
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

The Week's Entrée #161

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

Let's take a second to freak out over the fact that tomorrow is AUGUST 1st. 
HOOOOOOOOOW?


For real, how? It still feels as if we just got out of the holidays, and here we are, so close to FALL. I would be lying if I said I wasn't thrilled. I love the second half of the year the most, and also because August is my birthday month, woohoo! Go Leos!

Hahaha I love this gif so much.

Are you excited about Autumn being close by??? :)
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New books!
{For review}
From publishers, authors, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.


I had amazing book mail last week! I received an ARC of Brooding YA Hero: Becoming A Main Character Almost as Awesome as Me from Carrie DiRisio and a copy of Over Ruled from Brittney Joy! I am so excited for both books and I cannot thank the authors enough for sending them to me. Will try to read them ASAP! ♥
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To Read This Week:

I cannot believe I'm still not done with Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo but this week I WILL FINISH IT. It's good, I'm loving it, it's just that I didn't get much reading done the last week. But after that I'm moving on to Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke, which will be my first arc for #ARCAugust. 
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

#ARCAugust TBR!


Hi everyone! Since July is coming to an end (HOW?!?!?) I think it's time to share with you my TBR for ARC August!

What is ARC AUGUST?

ARC August is an annual event hosted by Read. Sleep. Repeat and it's all about tackling those ARCs we have on our TBR pile! 

Her are the rules:
  • Any Advanced Reading Copy counts as part of this reading challenge; your backlist books count
  • No blog necessary to participate, but you’ll need to include some form of social media as part of your sign up
  • Use the #ARCAugust on social media to check-in
It's always fun to participate in this event and beneficial since I definitely need to make a dent on my ARC pile. So without further ado, here's what I'm planning to read starting August!

...ARC AUGUST TBR...


Listed:
Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke 
The Upside if Unrequited by Becky Albertalli 
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by  Moïra Fowley-Doyle
The Hush by 
Satellite by Nick Lake
Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

So basically I will be catching up witha lot of ARCs that have already been released (the shame!). I have read a chapter or so of a few listed here, but I will be coming back to them and try again since I put them down to read another book. *looks away guiltily*

This is of course a tentative list since I mostly read by mood, but I hope to stick to part of it because I really need to read them all! The ones I'm most excited about are A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares & Before She Ignites. Heard wonderful things about both!

Are you participating on ARC August? Which books are you reading?

Waiting on Wednesday #34: Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu


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

This week I am waiting on:


Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu
January 2nd 2018, Random House Books for Young Readers
YA Fantasy/Comics
Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city's elites are being executed as their mansions' security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he's forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city's most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce's only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.
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I LOVE THIS COVER SO MUCH!!!! ♥♥♥ I'm not much of a Batman fan but this is Marie Lu, and after loving Warcross so much, I'm interested to read her version of this popular superhero! I'm sure it will rock our socks off :D! Are you a fan of Batman?
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

Book Review: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Title: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Genre: YA Historical
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date:  June 27th, 2017
Page Count:  513 pages
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss


Summary:
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
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*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars
.This review can also be found on YA Books Central.

What can I say that hasn't already been said about this magnificent book? The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is hands down one of the most fantastic books to drop in 2017 and it will top MANY favorites lists of the year, including yours truly!

What I Loved:

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is a hilarious journey through 1800s Europe in the company of the finest characters I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. Monty, Percy, and Felicity suddenly find themselves being chased through all of Europe by power-hungry people after Monty steals a small box that seemed inconsequential at first sight. After learning that this box holds the key to helping Monty's best friend (and secret crush) to stay at his side, they decide to fight their way through (in the most gallant way, of course) until reaching their ultimate destination.

It's hard to write this review with a straight face and think things clearly because all I want to do is fangirl about the characters and everything that happens to them in all these 500+ pages. It's just that it's SO FUNNY how everything that could go wrong, happens to them, especially to Monty. Caught kissing with someone you shouldn't? Yup. Caught running around naked at a party? Yup. Stealing THE MOST important object from a private parlor full of objects? Yup. And this is only the beginning. Whatever you imagine happening to Monty, Percy, and Felicity probably happens and it was hard to not giggle at their misfortunes. Just you wait!

Monty is a one-of-a-kind character and so precious to me. While he is reckless and has inappropriate vices, his heart is gold and deserves all the hugs. His crush for his best friend, Percy, is ADORABLE and I was constantly looking forward to their small, private moments. Oh, and Percy ... ugh, such an amazing guy! Despite all of the challenges he has had to face in this world, beginning with being POC and discriminated in a society that still approves of slavery, he charges through it all with his head held high. So admirable. Gosh, I love him. I love them both and I SHIP THEM SO HARD.

BUT FELICITY. She's Monty's younger sister and one that should be preparing herself to join society as a complacent young woman, but NOPE. Our Felicity is ready to tackle the world and not let society define her. I didn't think I would love her as much as Monty and Percy, but I was wrong. Her character is everything and I'm so excited to read more about her!

This book is my first from author Mackenzi Lee but it certainly won't be my last! Her writing style is amazing and she clearly transported me inside the story. I wasn't reading about Monty's adventures with his two traveling companions, I was LIVING it with them. That's when you know a book is done right.

Final Verdict:

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is THE book to read if you are looking for a laugh-out-loud and romantic adventure through 1800s Europe. With marvelous characters, great bisexual/gay representation, and an accurate approach to other issues faced during these times, this book is one not to be missed! 

Trigger warnings: Parental physical abuse, slavery, racism, homophobia/biphobia.

The Week's Entrée #160

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

Last Saturday we kicked off the Storygram tour for The Romeo Catchers by Alys Arden over on our bookstagram! These books turned out to be amazing (and HUGE) reads, so we cannot recommend them enough! Check out our post to see the special content + enter the international giveaway to win a copy of The Casquette Girls (book 1), The Romeo Catchers (book 2), and swag!


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


I downloaded a digital ARC of The Border by Steve Schafer from Netgalley since this title is about the problems teens face when they caught between the US-Mexican border. I wonder how it all pans out and if it's an accurate representation of us Mexicans, and not just how they view us. Wish me luck with this one!!!
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To Read This Week:

I'm currently buddy reading Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo and omg, I am LOVING IT. It's definitely a Leigh Bardugo book with all the badassery of Wonder Woman. I'm also buddy reading First Year by Rachel E. Carter and I hope to enjoy it!
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)