Blog Tour: Warrior of the Wild by Tricia by Tricia Levenseller | Moodboard

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Hello everyone!

I’m really happy to be here today to help celebrate the release of Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller! While I adored Levenseller’s previous duology, Daughter of the Pirate King, this book blew it out of the waters. It’s a historical fantasy, but packed with an intense adventure, beautiful friendships, and a triumphant victory that will leave a mark on readers. Let’s begin!

43446574Warrior of the Wild
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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Synopsis:
How do you kill a god?

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

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Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean Review |I love anti-heroes in Romances!

35695972Wicked and the Wallflower
Author: Sarah MacLean
Series: The Bareknuckle Bastards #1
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: Avon
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Synopsis:

When Wicked Comes Calling…

When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees—on one condition. She’s seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won’t accept a marriage without it.

The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain…

Bastard son of a duke and king of London’s dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making. All he must do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy.

For the Promise of Passion…

But there’s nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, who quickly decides she’d rather have Devil than another. Soon, Devil’s carefully laid plans are in chaos, and he must choose between everything he’s ever wanted…and the only thing he’s ever desired.

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And Sarah MacLean does it again! Wicked and the Wallflower was wholly intoxicating, as Felicity and Devil’s story grabbed me from the first chapter. I LOVE seeing a strong, seemingly-evil (he’s not, I promise) man get on his knees for the woman he loves. And got dang, Felicity is definitely a heroine I could relate to. This is certainly an amazing start to the Bareknuckle Bastards series, and I cannot wait to see where MacLean goes next with these characters!

Wicked and the Wallflower follows Devil, a Bareknuckle Bastard looking for revenge, and Lady Felicity, a spinster on the shelf that only wants to retrieve her previous position as the belle of the ball. A good way to get to this goal? Getting engaged to the new duke in town. Felicity makes a deal with – dare I say it – Devil (not THE devil) as he plans to ruin both her and the duke for his revenge scheme. Like all revenge schemes, however, this one goes wrong as Felicity discovers that the favor of society is not what she wants to fight for, and Devil sees that there are more important things than revenge.

“She wished to be wanted. Beyond reason. She wished to be ached for.”

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Blog Tour: Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare Moodboard

Hello everyone!

I’m excited to be featuring a moodboard for the historical fantasy, Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare – coming out February 20, 2018 (this week!!) from Imprint. It’s a fun adventure taking place in 19th century Italy and a bit reminiscent of the atmosphere of steampunk books. There are talented characters who are involved in alchemy, scriptology (ooh), and engineering, alternate-history inventions, and a grand mystery. You can check out my review for it over here at Happy Indulgence!

Ink, Iron, and Glass
Author: Gwendolyn Clare
Series: Ink, Iron, and Glass #1
Release Date: February 20, 2018
Publisher: Imprint
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Synopsis:
Can she write a world gone wrong?
A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation, where her mother―a noted scriptologist―constantly alters and expands their reality.
But when her home is attacked and her mother kidnapped, Elsa is forced to cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative Victorian Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of young scientists with a gift for mechanics, alchemy, or scriptology―and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.
In this thrilling debut, worlds collide as Elsa unveils a deep political conspiracy seeking to unlock the most dangerous weapon ever created―and only she can stop it.

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SST: Blood and Sand by CV Wyk Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Hello everyone!

If you haven’t heard of Blood and Sand and you’re a fan of fantasies with fierce warriors and cunning women, where have you been? We’re traveling back to the Roman Republic, during an age of “to conquer or be conquered” and exploring the story of Spartacus, the famous gladiator… if they were a girl. There is ACTION, there is a super sweet and steamy ROMANCE, and there’s the HOPE of the people, ready to rebel against their captors.

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Author: C.V. Wyk
Series: Book 1
Release Date: January 16, 2018
Publisher: Tor Teen
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Synopsis:

The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic–and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus….

Roma Victor. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to build an empire–an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end–and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus….

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Blood and Sand just blew me away from start to finish. I loved following Attia’s journey as she headed towards revenge against the Roman Republic – quickly becoming an empire – for destroying her clan and leaving her princess of a nation swallowed by the growing Roman nation. This book loosely follows the story of Spartacus and focuses on the gladiators and fighters who are willing to challenge an empire that took them from their homeland. Following a historical bent like And I Darken by Kiersten White and female warriors that are ready to fight for justice like The Valiant by Lesley Livington, Blood and Sand blends fact and fiction to create an immersive, fast-paced adventure that will leave readers’ hearts pounding and blood rushing. Continue reading

Book Review: Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim + Fan Art

31359509Freedom Swimmer
Author: Wai Chim
Release Date: September 1, 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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Synopsis:
Ming survived the famine that killed his parents during China’s ‘Great Leap Forward’, and lives a hard but adequate life, working in the fields…When a group of city boys comes to the village as part of a Communist Party re-education program, Ming and his friends aren’t sure what to make of the new arrivals. They’re not used to hard labour and village life. But despite his reservations, Ming befriends a charming city boy called Li. The two couldn’t be more different, but slowly they form a bond over evening swims and shared dreams…But as the bitterness of life under the Party begins to take its toll on both boys, they begin to imagine the impossible: freedom.

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This historical fiction novel made me tear up with its words and characters. Freedom Swimmer transports readers back to 1900’s Communist China under the direction of Mao Zedong, following two young boys as they struggle to balance between the patriotism of their countrymen and the freedom they seek. This particular story also holds a special place in my heart because my own parents and grandparents experienced the Cultural Revolution and the effects it had on the country throughout the century. Freedom Swimmer is also based on a true story, as Chee’s father was a freedom swimmer himself. This #ownvoices novel of Chinese teens will capture the hearts of readers as their respective backgrounds and experiences accumulate in the search for freedom and escape from the propaganda that dominates their life.

“A few year ago, the entire village was talking about ‘The Great Leap Forward’ delivering glory to China. Now, the Cadre had a new term for it: the lack of food, the hunger, the starving and finally the dying.”

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ARC Review: The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean (Scandal & Scoundrel #3)

31307650The Day of the Duchess
Author: Sarah MacLean
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #3
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Avon
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Synopsis:
The one woman he will never forget…
Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one.
The one man she will never forgive…
After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist.
A love that neither can deny…
The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day The Day of the Duchess.

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Thank you Edelweiss and Avon for the review copy!

Note: This is Book 3 of the series, but you can read them each as stand-alones. I highly recommend the previous books, though!

This book was such an emotional roller coaster from start to finish. Sarah MacLean really draws out the feels, as we follow the second chance romance of the Duke of Haven and his Duchess. While Sera and Mal appear in the first book of the series, The Rogue Not Taken, we see Mal cheating on her while she’s pregnant and Sophie – one of Sera’s sister – pushing him into a pond. He retaliates by almost ruining their family. So, Malcolm definitely had a lot to redeem in this story. Suffice it to say, MacLean has really done his character justice, as readers really feel his regret, sorrow, and suffering, as well as his ability to change for the better. Sera was strong, resilient, and willful, creating a tough time for Malcolm to win her back. As he deserves! Continue reading

ARC Review: The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

The Valiant
Author: Lesley Livingston
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Razorbill
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Synopsis:
Princess. Captive. Gladiator.
Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king, the sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha, and the sworn enemy of Julius Caesar.When Fallon was a child, Caesar’s armies invaded her homeland, and her beloved sister was killed in battle.

Now, on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is eager to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in the fearsome Cantii war band. She never gets the chance.

Fallon is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators—owned by none other than Julius Caesar. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival.

Now Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries and deadly fights—in and out of the arena. And perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her forbidden yet irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier.

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Thank you Penguin for the review copy!

This book was like a gladiator’s war cry: brash, bold, and brilliant. Within less than 300 pages, readers go on a tantalizing adventure in Roman history full of sisterhood, action, betrayal, and romance. Fallon’s irresistible character made The Valiant extremely hard to put down. Although her progression from prejudiced princess to dangerous gladiator is the focal point of the book, the friendships and lessons she learned on the journey is something not to be missed.

“‘Are you a weapon or target?’ Sorcha had asked. ‘Choose, Fallon!’”

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Book Review: Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson

Like A River Glorious
Author: Rae Carson
Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy #2
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Synopsis:

After a harrowing journey across the country, Leah Westfall and her friends have finally arrived in California and are ready to make their fortunes in the Gold Rush. Lee has a special advantage over the other new arrivals in California—she has the ability to sense gold, a secret known only by her handsome best friend Jefferson and her murdering uncle Hiram.

Lee and her friends have the chance to be the most prosperous settlers in California, but Hiram hasn’t given up trying to control Lee and her power. Sabotage and kidnapping are the least of what he’ll do to make sure Lee is his own. His mine is the deepest and darkest in the territory, and there Lee learns the full extent of her magical gift, the worst of her uncle, and the true strength of her friendships. To save everyone, she vows to destroy her uncle and the empire he is building—even at the cost of her own freedom.

The second epic historical fantasy in the Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson, the acclaimed author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

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Continuing on from the previous book, Like A River Glorious still has a sedate pace with characters coming and going and throughout it all, a spunky main character with a mysterious gift. This was definitely a solid sequel of Walk On Earth A Stranger with a developing romance and exploration of Lee’s powers. Although I highly enjoyed it while reading, it didn’t really get my adrenaline pumping or surprised me too much. The antagonist is the same from the previous book and clearly an evil guy, if a bit one-dimensional. Nevertheless, I’m still looking forward to the last book in this trilogy!

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