The Luck of the Bookish (Emily)

Posted March 15, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Event / 2 Comments

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s day, the girls and I thought it would be fun to put on a little mini-series of posts. Basically, we are here to answer one very pressing question: if you knew that the Leprechaun at the end of the rainbow was holding one book: ARC, published, special edition, signed, different language, and you had to fight him for it. What book would that be?

Like Stephanie, I couldn’t settle upon just one book. So, I (literally) did Eenie-Meenie-Miney-Mo to settle on 2 books that I would absolutely, without a doubt, take on a Leprechaun to have in my possession.

The Luck of the Bookish (Emily)The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
Published by Balzer + Bray on May 17th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical
Pages: 416
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Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.
And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.
As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

The Luck of the Bookish (Emily)Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin
Published by Little on November 1st 2016
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
Pages: 496
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The action-packed, thrilling sequel to Ryan Graudin's Wolf by Wolf.
There would be blood.Blood for blood.Blood to pay.An entire world of it.
For the resistance in 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun.
Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.
But dark secrets reveal dark truths, and one question hangs over them all: how far can you go for the ones you love?
This gripping, thought-provoking sequel to Wolf by Wolf will grab readers by the throat with its cinematic writing, fast-paced action, and relentless twists.

why do i want them?

Both of these books are set against historical backdrops. And, those historical backdrops just so happen to be time periods I am fascinated by. In The Crown’s Game, magic is melded into the world of Imperial Russia. Considering the fact that I’m completely convinced that I was indeed Anastasia in a previous life, I need this book. The premise sounds incredible, and I cannot wait to read how magic is woven into everyday life in St. Petersburg.

On the other hand, Blood for Blood is the sequel to Wolf by Wolf, which asks the question: What if Hitler won WWII? The premise of the first book was incredible and unique. A shapeshifter who throws herself into a motorcycle race to kill Hitler? Count me in. And the writing, don’t even get me started. I bookmarked almost every page in the book. The writing was so beautiful…heartbreaking. Now that I’ve finished Wolf by Wolf, I need Blood for Blood so I can find out what happens to all the characters I’ve grown to care so deeply about.

how would i fight for them?

Given that fist-fighting is not my speciality, I would probably try to use words as my first weapon. Bargaining, convincing, offering the Jameson and Guinness, whatever it would take to convince them to hand over the books. Should that fail, then I’m probably capable of throwing a left hook or two. 🙂

so, what do you think?

What book(s) would you take on a Leprechaun for? Any tips for squaring up against a Leprechaun? Let me know in the comments!


2 responses to “The Luck of the Bookish (Emily)

    • Emily

      It was the only way to make a decision! I was so torn. And The Crown’s Game looks so incredible..I need it!

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