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!

 

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!

June 2018 Reading List

Hi Bookworms!

After a very busy April and May, I am happy to report that I am now officially done university (next up: Convocation!), and I am now working. While this means that I am still relatively busy, I am hoping to find myself with a bit more time for reading, reviewing and photography, among other things.

I even managed to get a decent amount of reading done in May – I finished several books, including Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian, Stormcaster by Cinda Williams Chima, War Storm by Victoria Aveyard, A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas, The Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips, and The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen! I am hoping to have reviews available for all of those I haven’t yet reviewed in the next couple weeks, so stay tuned!

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After all that reading, my To Be Read basket is feeling a little empty! So (of course), 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 t read yet, in addition to some exciting new releases!

MY JUNE 2018 READING LIST IS:

  1. Iron Gold by Pierce Brown (Release Date: January 16, 2018)
  2. Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett (Release Date: May 15, 2018)
  3. Legendary by Stephanie Garber (Release Date: May 29, 2018)
  4. LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff (Release Date: May 29, 2018)

  5. Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh (Release Date: June 5, 2018)
  6. Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolscer (Release Date: June 5, 2018)
  7. City of Bastards by Andrew Shvartz (Release Date: June 5, 2018)
  8. Eden Conquered by Joelle Charbonneau (Release Date: June 5, 2018)
  9. Rage by Cora Carmack (Release Date: June 11, 2018)
  10. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (Release Date: June 12, 2018)

*Please note that the above listed release dates reflect Canadian/North American Book Releases, and may not be accurate for international locations. 

May 2018 Reading List

As I am writing this list, I find myself struggling to find the motivation to do so. I have just moved house, and after an exhausting week of packing, unpacking, and re-arranging, I am quite exhausted. On top of that, life has been overwhelmingly busy, filled to the brim with school, lesson planning, work, and the general goings on of life. It’s hard to find this inspiration or any real motivation for a clever new blog post.

Yet here I am, writing another Monthly Reading List.

I’ll be honest with you all (to those of you who actually read these, anyways), I mostly share these lists for my own personal reference, for months from now (when I actually have free time) when I want to go back a read books I missed during the mayhem that is the school year. And let’s be honest – 2018 has been riddled with fantastic YA Fantasy and Sci-Fi releases thus far, not to mention all the Adult Fantasy books that have found their way onto my shelves in recent weeks. I don’t want to miss a thing!

MY MAY 2018 READING LIST IS:

  1. Iron Gold by Pierce Brown (Release Date: January 16, 2018)
  2. Stormcaster by Cinda Williams Chima (Release Date: April 3, 2018)
  3. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian (Release Date: April 24, 2018)
  4. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas (Release Date: May 1, 2018)
  5. War Storm by Victoria Aveyard (Release Date: May 15, 2018)
  6. Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett (Release Date: May 15, 2018)
  7. Furyborn by Claire Legrande (Release Date: May 22, 2018)
  8. Legendary by Stephanie Garber (Release Date: May 29, 2018)
  9. The Bird and the Blade (ARC) by Megan Bannen (Release Date: June 5, 2018)
  10. The Girl You Thought I Was (ARC) by Rebecca Phillips (Release Date: July 31, 2018)

This month I am undoubtedly most excited for this month are A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas (Release Date: May 1, 2018) and War Storm by Victoria Aveyard (Release Date: May 15, 2018) – which I have ordered as part of the second ever Indigo Teen Book Box! I’ve included a synopsis of the two books below!

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas (Release Date: May 1, 2018)

Months after the explosive events in A Court of Wings and Ruin, Feyre, Rhys, and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated—scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

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War Storm by Victoria Aveyard (Release Date: May 15, 2018)

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all . . . starting with the crown on Maven’s head. But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolish everything—and everyone—in his path. War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

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