Swoon Thursday #4: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Swoon Thursday is a hot meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at YA Bound!

– From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering
– Try to make the swoon excerpt 140 characters (or less), if you are going to tweet about it. Use the hashtag #YABOUND when tweeting.

swoondividerREBEL OF THE SANDS BY ALWYN HAMILTON

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Synopsis:
She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

 

I CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT THIS BOOK. THE ENCHANTING WORLD. THE GRITTY CHARACTERS. THIS SHIPPPPP. Not gonna lie, I’m pretty sure I’ve reread this scene too many times to count.

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I was a desert girl. I thought I knew heat.

I was wrong.

The contact sent a rush through me so sudden, I started to pull away before I caught fire. But Jin trapped my face in his hands. There was nowhere to run to. Nowhere to go.

Nowhere I wanted to go.

I hadn’t really thought this through, but now I didn’t have any thoughts left. Only the strength of his fingers against my neck.

His breath vibrated through me until I couldn’t feel anything anymore except want.

More than want.

Need.

– ARC, Page 115 (aka my new fave page)

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AUTHOR SITE | GOODREADS

PREORDER: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY

I seriously can’t wait for you guys to pick up this one when you get the chance! It’s just hands-down amazing. 😀 My recent review of it can be checked out here!

Swoon Thursday (#3): Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

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Swoon Thursday is a hot meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at YA Bound!

– From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering
– Try to make the swoon excerpt 140 characters (or less), if you are going to tweet about it. Use the hashtag #YABOUND when tweeting.

swoondividerBURNING GLASS BY KATHRYN PURDIE

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Synopsis:
Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.

 

One word to describe this word is INTENSE, and that also goes for character relationships. They’re complex, and the author really brought out a whole range of emotions from me while reading about them. Luckily for us romance readers, the main ship sets sail in this book and GAHH. Many feelings regarding this ship.

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Anton shifted closer so I wouldn’t look away from him. “I want you to listen to me, and I want you to listen carefully. You are not a curse.” His brows lifted in earnestness. “You are a gift,” he said softly. “You are my gift. A savior to me.”

I raised my gaze to him. Tears clung to my lashes.

His brown eyes were a well of sympathy, stronger than any Auraseer’s. “Let me hold you, Sonya.

I tensed, and my throat constricted. How long had I accused him of withholding himself when I was just as guilty of doing the same? But now that he knew the truth of me, could I really believe he still held me in regard? Could I allow him to try?

I managed a small nod.

That was all the permission he needed.

Within a moment, Anton’s warm arms surrounded me. His chin tucked over my head. At once my chest expanded and made room for the breafth of his compassion. He held my sorrow in his own, my suffering in his suffering. He held understanding.

– ARC, Location 4798

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AUTHOR SITE | GOODREADS

PREORDER: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY

Lots of these kind of scenes pop up in the book, which make the really steamy parts so, so satisfying. The tension is reallll. Look forward for this one on March 1!

Swoon Thursday (#2): The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine

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Swoon Thursday is a hot meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at YA Bound!

– From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering
– Try to make the swoon excerpt 140 characters (or less), if you are going to tweet about it. Use the hashtag #YABOUND when tweeting.

swoondividerThe Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine

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Synopsis:
Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

 

You might think that I’m sick of all these fairy-tale retellings, but NO, I will always ALWAYS ALWAYS love them. The Shadow Queen tells an action-packed story of a princess trying to recover her lost throne and features a delightful romance between this princess and a prince (who’s actually technically the huntsman too. And a dragon).

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He leaned closer, and the scent of evergreens and snow made him want to drag her against him and how her just how different she really was from every other girl in the world.

“Yes,” she breathed the word into the space between them, her thoughts full of anticipation and need. He took that as the permission he’d been waiting for.

Her lips were warmer than her hands as he gently pressed his mouth to hers, still giving her a chance to back away if she changed her mind.

I’m not changing my mind. She let go of his hand and grabbed the front of his shirt instead.

He ran his hand up her arm and tangled his fingers in her hair while still keeping the kiss gentle. Their first kiss needed to be perfect, and that meant holding himself back so that he didn’t rush things.

Heat that had nothing to do with his dragon’s fire filled him, pressing against his chest like he’d swallowed the sun, and he couldn’t breathe without taking in her scent. Without hearing the tiny gasp she made as he deepened the kiss and pulled her closer.

– ARC, Location 3996

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AUTHOR SITE | GOODREADS

PREORDER: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY

I’m seriously burning up just typing the scene up. Fantasy fans should definitely look forward to this fairy tale retelling, which comes out February 23!

Swoon Thursday (#1): Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

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Swoon Thursday is a hot meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at YA Bound!

– From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering
– Try to make the swoon excerpt 140 characters (or less), if you are going to tweet about it. Use the hashtag #YABOUND when tweeting
 I originally saw Alyssa from The Eater of Books doing this, and I really liked it! I love me some romance in my books, and reading those teasers from her posts got me super pumped for awesome and swoon-worthy books. Let’s hope I don’t disappoint with this post!

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