Mini Review: The Defiant by Lesley Livingston

Lesley Livingston brings readers an action-packed sequel to her debut novel, The Valiant, with The Defiant picking up shortly after the events of its predecessor, once again giving readers insight into the gladiatrices’ world through Fallon’s eyes.

Fallon was warned. Now she is about to pay the price for winning the love of the Roman people as Caesar’s victorious gladiatrix. Fallon thought she’d won her freedom, but choosing to stay comes at a cost. She and her warrior sisters are thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy. In the middle of the night, the Ludus Achillea falls under siege and only Fallon and a lucky few are able to flee. Together, they embark on a mission to take back the home Fallon has fought so hard for, and to free their fellow gladiatrices. But dark conspiracies and vicious power struggles confront Fallon at every turn, threatening not just her honor and her love for Roman soldier Cai, but the very heart of the ancient Roman empire. On the journey that will define her future, the only people who might possibly help the girl known as Victrix and her sisters are a tribe of long-forgotten mythic Amazon warriors. The only trouble is, they might just kill her first.

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Mini Review: Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful and immersive sequel to the bestselling breakout debut Caraval. This sequel, titled Legendary, was released in North America on May 29, 2018, and despite promises of splendor and magic, Legendary fell a bit flat, certainly not living up to the wonder of Caraval.

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win. After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name. The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more-and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets.including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about-maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever. Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.

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Mini Review Mania (July 30 – Aug 3)

Hey Bookworms! So after a bit of a blogging hiatus, I decided that I am going to try something new this week! I’m calling it “Mini Review Mania”, and I will be posting a minimum of one Mini Review (250-500 words) each day (maybe even more if I’m feeling up to it)!

Intrigued?
Here’s the books I hope to be reviewing this week:

  • Monday: Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  • Tuesday: The Defiant by Lesley Livingston
  • Wednesday: Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolscer
  • Thursday: They Both Die at the End (Audiobook) by Adam Silvera
  • Friday: Stormcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

What other books would you like to see me review in the coming weeks? Let me know!

 

Vox (ARC) by Christina Dalcher

Set to release on August 21, 2018, Vox is Christina Dalcher’s stunningly haunting debut novel. Set in a near-future United States in which half the population has been silenced, Vox is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial–this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her. This is just the beginning. Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard. But this is not the end.  For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

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Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

“For every woman who has been told to sit down and be quiet… And who stood up anyway.”

Bold, brutal, and beautiful, Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart is set to release on July 31, 2018, and this powerfully feminist read promises to be a must-read fantasy full of fierce sisterhood, action, and political intrigue.

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison. Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding. Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.

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Dare You To Lie (ARC) by Amber Lynn Natusch

Set to release in North America on September 4, 2018, Dare You To Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch features a quick-witted heroine, a fast-paced plot, and a twisty whodunit mystery will certainly keep readers on their toes. I was lucky enough to receive and Advance Review Copy of Dare You To Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch from Raincoast Books as part of their Teens Read Feed Fall Preview Package – you can check out the entirety of the goodie bag at the end of this review!

When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her. All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but her reappearance comes with its own consequences. Someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. With threats against her mounting, the FBI sends a rookie agent to tail her. More determined than ever to expose the town’s hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot. Everyone thought she’d forgive and forget. They’re about to learn they messed with the wrong girl.

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June 2018 FairyLoot Unboxing

FairyLoot is a monthly book subscription box that specializes in Young Adult Fantasy books, based out of London, England. Recent themes include “Oh So Regal” (December 2017)“Talk Faerie to Me” (January 2018), and “Save the Kingdom” (May 2018). Every month they have a different theme and select an exciting newly released fantasy novel, in addition to 4-6 hand selected goodies – like book inspired teas, candles, bookmarks, tote bags, and more!

So, how can you get a FairyLoot box of your own (because once you see the awesome books and all the awesome loot in them, I know you’ll want one too)? For more information, check out FairyLoot’s website!

AND, IF YOU DECIDE TO SUBSCRIBE? CHECK OUT MY FAIRYLOOT PAGE FOR CURRENT DISCOUNT CODES FOR 3 AND 6 MONTH SUBSCRIPTIONS!

So now, on to the exciting part – the unboxing! The theme for Junw 2018’s FairyLoot box was “Rebels in Ballgowns”! This box was inspired by stories where the main character is on a secret mission and has to dress up – think masquerade parties and elegant parties! There’s a TON of fantastic items, including a very highly anticipated new release that is getting fantastic reviews (and which won’t be released until July!) – and of course its filled with items inspired by popular YA novels, including Legendary by Stephanie Garber, The Selection by Kiera Cass, and Nevernight by Jay Kristoff!

(WARNING: SPOILERS FOR BOX CONTENTS PAST THIS POINT)

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July 2018 Reading List

Who else is celebrating the fact that the school year is over? I know I am! I’ve had an amazing few weeks at my first-ever teaching job, but jumping into teaching right after an exhausting (and rewarding) year of Teacher’s College means that I am more than ready for a bit of a break – even if I am still working at camp this summer!

I managed to get a decent amount of reading done in June – I finished several books, including They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, Onyx and Ivory by Mindee ArnettThe Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke, Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh, and Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolscer.

While working at camp means that I am busy, I will not be nearly as busy as I was during school, which means that I am hoping to find myself with a bit more time for reading, reviewing and photography – among other things.

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I have once again put together what is undoubtedly an overly optimistic reading list for June 2018. This lists includes some books from previous months I simply haven’t had a chance to read yet, books I received for my birthday, and some exciting new releases I am hoping to get my hands on!

MY JULY 2018 READING LIST IS:

  1. Iron Gold by Pierce Brown (Release Date: January 16, 2018)
  2. The Defiant by Lesley Livingston (Release Date: January 23, 2018)
  3. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (Release Date: February 27, 2018)
  4. Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake (Release Date: April 10, 2018)
  5. Legendary by Stephanie Garber (Release Date: May 29, 2018)
  6. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (Release Date: June 12, 2018)
  7. Bright We Burn by Kiersten White (Release Date: July 10, 2018)
  8. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (Release Date: July 10, 2018)
  9. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (Release Date: July 31, 2018)
  10. Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (Release Date: July 31, 2018)

Please note that all release dates reflect release dates in North America, as listed by Indigo.

What will you be reading this month? Let me know!