To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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“A PRINCESS MUST HAVE HER PRINCE…”

Title: To Kill A Kingdom

Author: Alexandra Christo

Published: March 6th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, YA, Adventure

Stars: 3.5                      Content Rating: 3

Synopsis:

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most–a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen and or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby–it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good–But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

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Hello dear book worms! Has anyone had time to make any serious dents in their TBR piles this summer? I have been rereading A Court of Thorns and Roses series and sometimes I enjoy that more. No stress or trying to get into a book but rereading one that you already love. Reading should never be “stressful” but it can be that way for me at times. I have goals I am trying to meet or deadlines I need to get certain books read by. Or just being busy with mom life and being too tired to read at night.  Somehow my love for reading will get a little lost. It turns into a job instead of a hobby. (That almost sounds crazy… If I could get paid to read books for a JOB .. I totally would do it)

Okay, you get it. This month was crazy for me but did a read anything new? I am so GLAD you asked! I did. Do you like Sirens and Pirates and faraway kingdoms?

When you are the daughter of the Sea Queen and she commands you to be a ruthless, cold blooded killer… you obey. Lira knows no other way so she takes the hearts of men. Not just men but Princes.  I really love her character. She questions things. She is brutal and ruthless but doesn’t want to be. The Sea Queen has tried to beat the “humanity” out of her and she she hides behind bravado and masks made of indifference to survive. She is known as the Prince’s Bane and is proud to hold that title. Until she meets the Siren Killer.

Elian loves the ocean. The sea is part of who he is and sailing his precious ship, the Saad, with his hand picked crew is the best thing in the world. That and ridding the ocean of its monsters. They can not be reasoned with and when he hears a tale of a weapon that can kill the Sea Queen, he decides to find it. Elian makes deal after deal to find the missing pieces to this quest. Nothing will stand in his way. One day his crew pulls up a drowning girl and she is nothing if not bewitch and Elian finds himself very curious about this mystery girl. I really loved his character as well. He is a Prince with a heavy burden. He is not fancy. He is a PIRATE. He is good at being one and is torn with giving it up for his crown.

When Lira disobeys the Sea Queen, her punishment is to become human and she must steal the prince’s heart for retribution. With her human heart and eyes she realized that they have much in common and instead of stealing his heart, if she isn’t careful he will steal hers.

I realize I pretty much just gave you an elaborate synopsis but this Little Mermaid retelling was fun and different. It was a quick read and as far as I know it is a standalone novel! So all of you that are looking for a fun summer read… HERE YOU GO!

Have a great week!

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

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Title: The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Genre: Fantasy, Folklore/Fairytale, Young Adult

Published: January 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Stars: 4               Content Rating: 4 (for being a little dark/violent)

Synopsis:

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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Hello dear readers, If I thought May was busy June seems to be filling up just as fast and will be just as busy. Ugh. I remember when summer meant I could just read all the time. I loved summer because it meant reading outside. However, now that I am a mom, summer means being busy doing awesome and fun things with my kids! I just wish that it left more time for reading. To keep up with everything being fast paced I will be reading a whole bunch of “fast paced” books as well.

The Cruel Prince was NOT fast paced. I am happy I listened to it. I feel like if I had read it, it would have taken me forever to get into it. I don’t know if because of all the hype I had super high expectations .. or if I have just been easily distracted, maybe? I will say that I ended up liking it … ALOT. The beginning was really slow and then it became a little bit predictable. I enjoyed the folklore thought out. It was a little bit dark, almost like a Grimm’s Fairy tale. There are Goblins, Hobbs and all sorts of creatures, and out of all them Humans are the least favored. The author was really descriptive with things that I didn’t care about, which was hard to listen too. There is a fine balance between world building and talking about all the food on the table. That being said, I really did enjoy it. It was something a little bit different and once the ball got rolling I couldn’t put it down! Or in my case.. take my earbuds out.

When Jude and her sisters find themselves being raised in Faerie by her parents murderer, they don’t know if they should hate him or be grateful that they are being raised in such a magical place by faerie and are being protected by the King’s greatest general.  Jude wants to fit in. She wants to make a name for herself and because of her cleverness and skills with a blade she forges one but not without making promises and enemies! This book ended with her final play and soon enough her bargain with Carden will be up and it will be his turn and I can not wait to find out what will happen next. Next book, titled: The Wicked King, will be out next January. I know.. it’s a long wait but I promise to give you some more recommendations to help tide you over!

 

xoxo,

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The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor

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Title: The Luck of the Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses #3)

Author: Janna MacGregor

Published: May 1st 2018 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Genre: Historical Romance, Adult

Star Rating: 4            Content Rating: 6

Synopsis:

March Lawson has never had much luck, and in a desperate move to save her family, she’s been posing as the Marquess of McCalpin. But when she’s summoned to a meeting with the Marquess himself, March expects jail time…not to be bewitched by dark hair and sapphire eyes.

Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin and heir to the Duke of Langham, finds himself drawn to March despite the judgments from his peers. He isn’t sure he can trust March, especially since Michael has a secret that could ruin him and his family.

But society conspires to keep March and Michael apart, and when March is accused of not being who she says she is, will Michael toss her aside or fight for the woman he’s come to love?

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Happy Birthday day to ME, Happy Birthday to ME, Happy Birthday dear WHITNEEEEEEEE! Happy Birthday to ME!
I couldn’t ask for a better birthday. There are so many new releases that I am looking forward to this month. The weather is perfect, warm but rainy and the flowers are blooming! Maybe turning 30 won’t be as bad I thought?
Today is the RELEASE of The Luck of the Bride. I was fortunate enough to receive the first two books of this series from the author and a book tour BUT I was also able to snag this beauty on NetGalley. Isn’t the cover GORGEOUS? And can I just say that it was everything I hoped it would be? Janna did another fantastic job of pulling me immediately into the story. The world and characters that have been created are so easy to fall in love with.  I honestly couldn’t put it down.
This book I felt focused more on family. In the other books you realize that family is important but this one you get the feel of how much Miss March has sacrificed for her family. When her parents die and she is left in charge until her baby brother grows into his Viscountcy, she gives up all of her dreams and focuses on her siblings. .. until the money is gone and the only money to be had is their dowries, which she can not touch. Or maybe she can, if she is okay with breaking the law and forging some documents. Maybe no one will notice? WRONG. He does notice. .. and then he notices EVERYTHING. He sees the poverty and all she has sacrificed and falls just a little bit in love with her. After Micheal takes the Lawson family under his wing things seem to be looking up until circumstances force Micheal and March to be honest and vulnerable with each other and they might not be able to do that. Or can they?
Like I said, I loved this story. March is a very strong young lady. She is brilliant with numbers and always looked after her family. The loss and struggle just had your heart breaking and the hope that Micheal would be able to trust her and take care of her just kept you reading till the very end.
I saw that there is another Cavensham Heiress book coming out in December and I am looking forward to it! I recommend this series! If you love a good romance, complete with deep and moving characters and a little bit of hot and steamy then read the first two books and then this one! I loved it!
xoxo,
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May Book Club: Alex & Eliza

ANNOUNCEMENT: MAY BOOK CLUB PICK IS….

ALEX & ELIZA by Melissa De La Cruz

 

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 I am so excited this is our pick! I have already read it BUT I wanted to reread since the sequel Love & War comes out soon! Here is the synopsis:
Their romance shaped a nation. The rest was history.

1777. Albany, New York.

As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.

Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

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April Wrap Up

Hello all my lovely fellow book nerds! I feel like I started out strong this month and then about halfway through I feel apart. I think I just needed a little bit of a breather. That being said I still ended up finishing 9 books this month.

I don’t have reviews up for all of these books BUT I will link you to the Goodreads site and you an read up on them there. I have just been busy and haven’t made the time to sit down and write out my thoughts. As always I’ll just leave the synopsis and basically a ‘yes, I liked it,’ or a ‘no, don’t waste your time.’

1) Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom is the companion novel to Six of Crows. I was personally very sad that this was only a duology. There is so much more I feel like I want to know about these characters. I wasn’t ready for it to end. Here is the synopsis:

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

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Now if you are not familiar with Leigh Bardugo’s works she has also written the Shadow and Bone trilogy. You do not need to read those before you read this duology. It is the same world with the Grisha but at a different time with a whole new set of characters, HOWEVER it doesn’t really explain the Grisha and if you were to read the trilogy first it would help you better understand the world Leigh Bardugo created. I love her books and definitely recommend them! YES.

2) Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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We read this one for our monthly book club and I am sad to say I didn’t love it. I had heard so many good things but I had a hard time with the writing and the setting. There was so much swearing. The way the story went down just didn’t work. I dunno. I just wouldn’t recommend this one.  NOPE.

*Goodreads link to Simon VS by Becky Albertalli

3) The Luck of the BRIDE by Janna MacGregor

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I was luck enough to receive and ARC of The Luck of the Bride VIA Netgalley. I loved the first two books and was excited to continue the series. Janna didn’t disappoint! Here is the synopsis:

March Lawson has never had much luck, and in a desperate move to save her family, she’s been posing as the Marquess of McCalpin. But when she’s summoned to a meeting with the Marquess himself, March expects jail time…not to be bewitched by dark hair and sapphire eyes.

Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin and heir to the Duke of Langham, finds himself drawn to March despite the judgments from his peers. He isn’t sure he can trust March, especially since Michael has a secret that could ruin him and his family.

But society conspires to keep March and Michael apart, and when March is accused of not being who she says she is, will Michael toss her aside or fight for the woman he’s come to love?

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YES. Read it my friends. In fact.. read it after you read the first two books because they are all fantastic! It releases tomorrow!!

*Link to Goodreads for The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor

5) The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

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I also received this ARC via Netgalley and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It goes back and forth from Revolutionary War times to modern day. It is about  2 different love stories but the way it comes full circle is amazing. I really enjoyed it. YES. READ IT. Here is the synopsis:

With the colonies at war and his country divided, Hamilton Lightfoot must choose sides: Fight for the British Crown or for the Independence of America. But after witnessing the death of his family at the hands of redcoats, he fears he’ll fight for revenge instead of honor. On the verge of a great battle, he pens a letter to Esther, the woman he loves.

Esther Longfellow is in love with Hamilton, but her father is a loyalist, living in upcountry South Carolina and working for a wealthy British lord. When the Revolutionary War comes to her doorstep she is forced to choose between devotion to her father and her love for Hamilton.

Chloe Daschle is the daughter of Hollywood royalty—a great director and an Oscar-winning actress. Yet her career has taken an unexpected turn: She’s the queen of death scenes. Trying to break out, she accepts a supporting role in a revolutionary war film. But she longs for the perfect role and the perfect real-life romance. Does happily ever after only exist in the movies?

After a life-changing tragedy, MIT graduate Jesse Gates decides to leave his life behind and move to LA to try his hand at acting and screenwriting. When he finds a page from one of his ancestor’s letters, he becomes consumed with the love he finds there. Determined to help his grandfather find happiness at the end of his life, Jesse writes and sells a screenplay based on the events surrounding the lost love of previous generations.

When Jesse meets the woman he has cast to play Esther Longfellow—his grandfather’s one true love—the stories of all four collide across time and space. The love letter from the past might have more power to affect the future than any of them could have imagined.

*Goodreads Link: The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

6) The Brothers Freed Series by Bea Paige

Um.. where to start? If you like really hot and steamy romances then this series is for you. This is the first “reverse harem” series I have read which made things interesting…  If that is what you are into then this series was great. It follows a British girl, Louisa, who grew up with no father and a drunk for a mother. When she accepts an opportunity to get away she takes it and in turn meets the FREED brothers. It’s all sexy from there and I couldn’t put it down. But I’ll warn you that if this isn’t your thing then just skip this one!

*Link to Avalanche of Desire to Goodreads for synopsis.

7) Lord of Temptation by Erica Ridley

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This is also a NetGalley ARC and I liked it. I think I was hoping for something a little more. Sometimes these historical romances end up being so similar that I find it lacking. However I feel that isn’t fair to say this wasn’t good just because I read so many romances. I like it. The story was a good one even if it wasn’t my favorite. If you like historical romances then give this one a try! Here is the synopsis:

Be careful what you wish for…

When Lord Hawkridge inherits a penniless marquessate, he must abandon his courtship of the lowborn girl he loves. Years later, she rises from commoner to textiles heiress. Hawk has never banished her from his heart. Here’s their chance to share his home! But how can he convince a woman whose trust he destroyed that he desires her far more than her money?

Faith Digby’s chaotic world is too full to bother with men. She controls half a boarding school, one life-endangering secret, and two recently gentrified parents. There’s no time for the old flame roaring back into her life. Not when admitting she still loves him would imperil everything and everyone she holds dear….

*Link on Goodreads for Lord of Temptation by Erica Ridley

9) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

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I decided to reread this series since the 4th book is going to be release tomorrow!! My sister is the sweetest and painted me my very own custom set for my birthday! I am rereading them and highlighting my favorite parts and quotes. I’m kinda marking the crap out of them. Maybe I’ll even review these after each reread since I had stared my blog after they came out and never wrote a review! I adore Sarah J Maas and all her books. Both of here series I have LOVED. Here is the synopsis:

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

*Here is the Goodreads link to ACOTAR by Sarah J Maas

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Well friends.. I hope you enjoyed April because it is GONE. I am looking forward to May. It is such a busy month but I hope I can still get my reading on because I have a list of books that could probably wrap around the Earth a few times. Ha ha.. Jokes. Enjoy your day friends! Thanks for reading!

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