Fanart Friday #5: GEMINA Wallpapers + Designs + Come, Space Lovers!

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Greetings, traveler of the interwebs!

My phone actually autocorrects Gemina to GEMINA, which only goes to show how utterly I’m excited for it. In any case, I recently made some designs that you lovely people can also use/buy to showcase your love for this book. Let me just tell you, designing space things (to keep up with the theme, y’know) is actually harder than it looks! Anything to do with nature is in the bag, but then you add numbers and constellations and other space objects and my head’s scrambling for ways to hold onto each idea. Anyhow, the little elf in my mind that screams ideas to the temporal love in my brain somehow managed. So here they are!

To download in full resolution, just click on the picture and click on the Dropbox link in the captain.

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There’s more! Over the summer I also opened a Society 6 and Redbubble shop. I added some designs for the Illuminae series, if you want to check it out. Just click on the picture of the canvas and there are links to be redirected to its respective Society 6 or Redbubble page.

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I also wonder if you’ve checked out the Illuminae wallpapers I released at Happy Indulgence last year! If you’re using any of these, I’d seriously love to know. Or not, that’s cool too.🙂 Either way, enjoy!

Find the full resolution pictures at the Indulgence Designs post.

*Disclaimer: All rights go to the authors and publisher; the only thing I own is my creativity!

Look out for my review of Gemina in the upcoming weeks as well.😀

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Stalking Jack the Ripper Blog Tour | Wallpapers That Can Revive the Dead

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… Or at least, I wish that were the case. Welcome to my stop on this book’s blog tour, which is exciting because it comes out next week. Here you’ll find not one, not two, NOT FOUR, BUT S I X lovely wallpapers to choose from for this book! We have everything from skulls to serial killer notes to a pastel garden. You like your phone to be decorated with medical tools? We have that. You like your phone to be decorated with flowers? You’re in luck, because we have that as well.

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Book Review: Nemesis by Anna Banks (Nemesis #1)

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Author: Anna Banks
Series: Nemesis #1
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Synopsis:

The princess didn’t expect to fall in love–with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora’s gift could save Tarik’s kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

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Thank you Macmillan’s Children Publishing for the review copy!

I just want to say before I start that I’m not a big fan of this cover. I know a lot of people aren’t, because most of us don’t want faces on covers. It’s not the prettiest thing in the world, and the silver skin gives me the heebie-jeebies. But I think this is really a case where I urge you guys to not judge a book by its cover.😛 I mean, I wouldn’t have picked this book up in the bookstore if I saw it on shelves, but the blurb really caught my attention. And hear me out in my review before discrediting it based on the cover alone! (Also, the skin reflects the make up in the culture of one of the kingdoms – the character herself isn’t silver-skinned.)

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Book Review: Destined for a King by Ashlyn Macnamara (The Bastard Brotherhood #1)

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Author: Ashlyn Macnamara
Series: The Bastard Brotherhood #1
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Loveswept
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

Bestselling author Ashlyn Macnamara, hailed by Jennifer McQuiston as “a born storyteller,” introduces the strapping, audacious outlaws of the Bastard Brotherhood in this enchanting tale of forbidden love between supposedly sworn enemies.

Though she is intended for the king, Calista Thorne picks up a crossbow to defend her ancestral home, Blackbriar Keep, from a gang of landless knights. She even manages to sink a poison-tipped arrow into their commander, who survives long enough to conquer the Keep and claim Calista for his own. Now, with her father’s life at stake, Calista must nurse the brigand back to health, and the strangest thing happens: She finds herself fascinated by his tautly muscled body, and enthralled by his hotly whispered demands.

Ever since his father’s death, the fearsome warrior they call Torch has been consumed by his quest for revenge. Taking Blackbriar Keep is the first step in that plan, and—by the three gods—it won’t be the last. But after taking one look into Calista’s smoldering gray eyes, Torch discovers a passion nobler than retribution. He will fulfill his destiny and take her from the usurper king, even in his weakened state. For with Calista’s love, no man has ever felt more powerful.

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Thank you Netgalley and Loveswept for the review copy!

I really enjoyed this book and would really recommend it to readers who enjoy historical fantasies that center on romance! Being a romance junkie like me, how could I not like it? Destined for a King features endearing characters who fight for what they believe in and fall in love. It’s definitely a heady mix that had me grasping for the next book. The book starts off with action and the pace is steady and quick. I found myself intrigued throughout the whole book and can’t wait for where the author will take us in the sequel!

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Book Review: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge + ARC Giveaway!

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Author: Rosamund Hodge
Series: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire #1
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Synopsis:

When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . .

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Thank you Edelweiss and Harper Teen for the review copy!

I love how the author said in an interview that she didn’t like the story of Romeo and Juliet when she first read it. Because SAME. I thought it was ridiculous that teenagers can make such a dramatic mess of their lives, but after studying it in English, I do know more about the message it carries (and the amazing rhetoric of Shakespeare). Nevertheless, I do enjoy the forbidden lovers trope and the fact that the main characters in this book are not based on Romeo nor Juliet. Yes, they are integral characters of the story, but no, they’re not exactly the main characters.

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SST: A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess Review + Giveaway!

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I’m really excited today to be a part of the Sunday Street Team (hosted by the amazing and lovely Nori at Read Write 28) for A Shadow Bright and Burning! In this book, you’ll get to see a schism between magicians and sorcerers (what’s the difference? Read the book to find out!), as well as a combustible heroine who may not be the prophesied one, as all are thinking her as. We have some cute boys coming and going through the pages, as well as fiery characters who you never know might go behind your back.

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Book Review: The Beast by Lindsay Mead (The Hunter Legends #1)

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Author: Lindsay Mead
Series: The Hunter Legends #1
Release Date: June 22, 2015
Self-published! 
Get it Here: Amazon Kindle (for only $2.99!)

Synopsis:

Demon possession has swept through Glace’s neighboring kingdom, turning humans into hellhounds. These great, fanged wolves are wild, desperate, and hungry. Only the sworn Hunters have kept them back for five long, bloody years.

At the young age of fifteen, Belle LeClair became a Hunter. She no longer remembers how many hounds she’s killed, or how many friends she’s buried. Still, Belle leads the hunt till a tragedy forces her deep into the dark kingdom. Her heart will be turned, her loyalty tested— and fate will intervene.

Amid a backdrop of Steampunk inventions and a harsh winter landscape, The Beast is a re-imagining of the infamous love between a beauty and a beast.

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Many of you probably know that I’m a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings. Like, you insert those words into a blurb and I’m automatically in for the story. It was the same with this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! There were some common tropes that were used, but it worked well in the story, and overall you get a very delicious, action-packed steampunk version of Beauty and the Beast. While Belle maintains her name, the author adds a little twist to the others’ names: Gastone is a substitute for Gaston, Mrs. Tops instead of Mrs. Pots, Lumiere is replaced by Laramie, and General Kogsworthe instead of Cogsworth. So we get to see all these familiar characters and within a similar plotline, but also with little additions that made this one worth the read.

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A Close to A Hiatus | But Where Have I Been?

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Hey guys!

I’m really happy to be typing this right now. Since going to China and traveling a bit and coming home to America and getting swamped by work, seeing the blog and going on Twitter has gotten me a bit… anxious.

Suffice it to say, I’m well on the path to getting back on track. It’ll probably be a slow and steady transition, though. I just wanted to use this time to give a quick update on where I have been these past months!

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Blog Tour: Gifted by HA Swain Review + Giveaway!

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I’m absolutely delighted to feature this spectacular book on my blog for today! Gifted sends us to the near future, where Taylor Swift recently died while she was ~100 years old and the entertainment industry is DOMINATING. We get to explore what it really means to be “gifted,” and who exactly deserves the music that is made in the world. Because even though it seems like music is free, we see all these copyright laws surrounding it. This is all under an adventure with two characters that you can’t help but like.

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Book Review: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet (Kingmaker Chronicles #1)

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Author: Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #1
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Synopsis:
Catalia “Cat” Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he’s ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.

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Thanks so much Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for the review copy!

I can certainly promise you that A Promise of Fire delivers both a magnificent fantasy that’s filled with fire and other elements, as well as a scorching romance. Bouchet’s writing is equally hilarious and captivating, from the magnetic characters to the intriguing world that she builds in this book. Either way, I’m highly looking forward to the rest of this trilogy, and see what other adventures lay in store for these wonderful characters!

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