MINI MONDAY: The Bird and the Blade (ARC) by Megan Bannen

The Bird and the Blade is a lush, powerful story of life and death, battles and riddles, lies and secrets from debut author Megan Bannen. Set to release in North America on June 5, 2018, The Bird and the Blade is sure to stun fans of the YA Fantasy genre, and those who enjoy a well told, creative retelling.

Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen from Harper Collins Canada in exchange for an honest review. 

As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom … until she finds herself an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his irascible father as they flee from their enemies across the vast Mongol Empire. On the run, with adversaries on all sides and an endless journey ahead, Jinghua hatches a scheme to use the Kipchaks’ exile to return home, a plan that becomes increasingly fraught as her feelings for Khalaf evolve into a hopeless love. Jinghua’s already dicey prospects take a downward turn when Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht, the daughter of the Great Khan. As beautiful as she is cunning, Turandokht requires all potential suitors to solve three impossible riddles to win her hand—and if they fail, they die. Jinghua has kept her own counsel well, but with Khalaf’s kingdom—and his very life—on the line, she must reconcile the hard truth of her past with her love for a boy who has no idea what she’s capable of … even if it means losing him to the girl who’d sooner take his life than his heart.

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A Brief Blog Update (May 2018)

Hello Bookworms!

Perhaps you’ve been wondering where I disappeared to this month? Well, to keep it short and sweet, I’ve simply been overwhelmed by life. Between school, work, and moving house, I simply haven’t had the time to read, much less blog!

But that is going to change – and soon! I have several new book reviews lined up for the coming weeks, including The Bird and the Blade (ARC) by Megan Bannen, A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas, To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo, and Reign the Earth (Audiobook) by A.C. Gaughen – beginning with a spoiler-free review of The Bird and the Blade (ARC) by Megan Bannen on Monday May 14 at 10 am!

PS. The beautiful custom bookmark shown in the featured photo of this post was created by the lovely @kimcarlika. You can check out her shop here.

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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