Author: Maria

Review: The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Posted May 29, 2016 by Maria in Review / 6 Comments

Review: The Rose & the Dagger by Renee AhdiehThe Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #2
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on April 26th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 420
Format: eBook
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five-stars
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The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as "a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

The Wrath & the Dawn was one of my favorite books last year. I am very pleased to announce that the sequel didn’t disappoint me. Yes, to some extent it differed from the first book. But magic, pain, love, everything I adore in this book is still there.

I was not surprised at how Shazi grown as a character. This girl was, is and will always be amazing. I will not say that I would much like for her to be my best friend for the simple reason that she is already my friend.
I believed in her throughout history.
Another character which I totally loved (no, this is not Khalid, not even necessary to mention him, I’ll adore him forever, this man is inimitable.) is a Shazi’s sister. She’s so different from her sister, but no less amazing and although I’m still crying for her, I know that she is strong and will cope with everything.

I think, you already understand how much the characters in this series are dear to me. I am absolutely grateful to Renee for these books, they can’t be compared with anything and I’ll definitely re-read them more than once.

five-stars
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Review: Out of Frame by Megan Erickson

Posted April 27, 2016 by Maria in Review / 2 Comments

Review: Out of Frame by Megan EricksonOut of Frame (In Focus #3) by Megan Erickson
Published by InterMix on March 15th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 202
Format: eARC
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four-half-stars
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Romance trades the open road for the high seas in the latest from the author of Focus on Me and Trust the Focus...
Perpetually shy, Quinn Mathers is content to remain in the shadow of his brash best friend Jess Hartman. But before their college graduation, he and Jess have planned one last hurrah: a spring break Caribbean cruise.   And it won’t be just any cruise. On board are members of the reality show Trip League, which follows young twenty-somethings on adventures around the world. Since the show’s beginning, Quinn has been fascinated by J. R. Butler, with his amazing body, warm eyes, and killer grin. Unfortunately, he’s straight—or so the world thinks.   At nineteen, J. R. signed a contract to play straight for the show, and there’s no way to get out of it now. Yet with each passing day, Quinn and J. R. find it harder to keep their hands off each other and to keep out of the camera’s frame. But when the lens finally focuses on them, J. R. must decide if he’s willing to risk his career by admitting his bisexuality, and Quinn must determine if he's bold enough to stand in the spotlight with the man of his dreams...

I don’t often read New Adult, but Megan Erickson’s writing sunk into my soul since the very first book in this series (first two books are amazing, be sure to read them!). And now she is one of my favorite authors, so I could not ignore this book.
This is a story about two guys who are a little lost in their lives and who found each other on the journey reality show on a cruise ship.
There are a lot of funny and sad moments in this book, and I could really understand all the characters’ actions. JR and Quinn are cutie pies and I prayed for them to be together and happy, because the situation in which they were is just terrible.

I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially to those who love great romance and interesting characters and to those who don’t have sea sickness (I’m kidding, read even with this thing).

four-half-stars
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The Girl from Everywhere release blog party!

The Girl from Everywhere release blog party!

Posted February 15, 2016 by Maria in / 0 Comments

Hi everyone! So you probably know that I’m a big fan of The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig! It’s one of my most favorite books. You can see my review here. And this book will come out tomorrow!!! It also means I’m finally able to tell you what we (amazing girls and me) are […]

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Interview with Julie Eshbaugh, author of Ivory and Bone

Interview with Julie Eshbaugh, author of Ivory and Bone

Posted February 4, 2016 by Maria in / 0 Comments

Title: Ivory and BoneAuthor: Julie EshbaughSeries: Ivory and BoneGenre: Fantasy, Historical FictionPages: 384Published By: HarperTeen on June 14th 2016 Where To Get: The only life seventeen-year-old Kol knows is hunting at the foot of the Great Ice with his brothers. But food is becoming scarce, and without another clan to align with, Kol, his family, and their entire group are […]

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Burning Glass [Review]

Burning Glass [Review]

Posted January 16, 2016 by Maria in Review / 0 Comments

Title: Burning Glass Author: Katryn Purdie Series: Burning Glass #1 Genre: Fantasy Pages: 512 Published By: Katherine Tegen Books on March 1st 2016 **I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.** Where To Get:   Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both […]

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Revenge and the Wild [Review]

Revenge and the Wild [Review]

Posted January 10, 2016 by Maria in Review / 0 Comments

Title: Revenge and the Wild Author: Michelle Modesto Series: Standalone Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Western Pages: 384 Published By: Balzer + Bray on February 2, 2016 Where To Get:   The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old […]

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Interview with Michelle Modesto, author of Revenge and the Wild

Interview with Michelle Modesto, author of Revenge and the Wild

Posted January 9, 2016 by Maria in / 0 Comments

Title: Revenge and the WildAuthor: Michelle ModestoSeries: StandaloneGenre: Young Adult, Fantasy, WesternPages: 384Published By: Balzer + Bray on February 2, 2016 Where To Get: The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of […]

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Glass Sword [Review]

Glass Sword [Review]

Posted January 7, 2016 by Maria in Review / 1 Comment

Title: Glass Sword Author: Victoria Aveyard Series: Red Queen #2  Genre: Fantasy, Dystopia Pages: 448 Published By: HarperTeen on February 9th 2016 **I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.** Where To Get:   Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to […]

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