MINI MONDAY: Between the Blade and the Heart (ARC) by Amanda Hocking

Released in North America on January 2, 2018, Between the Blade and the Heart by New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking is the first book in a brilliant new young adult fantasy duology inspired by Norse mythology that is sure to be popular with fans of Riordan’s Percy Jackson.

(NOTE: I would like to thank St.Martin’s Press for providing me with an electronic copy of Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking in exchange for an honest review) 

When the fate of the world is at stake, loyalties will be tested. As one of Odin’s Valkyries, Malin’s greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. The balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos. As Malin wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought, she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue-eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. Malin, along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend, must decide where her loyalties lie…and whether helping Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk—to the world and to her heart.

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

It has been called the biggest fantasy debut novel of 2018 – and after reading Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi for myself, I can certainly understand why. Released in North America on March 6, 2018, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is the first in the Legacy of Orïsha #1. Children of Blood and Bone tells the story of Zelie, a young girl from a fictional West African kingdom who is fighting to restore magic to her people, after it’s been banned by a ruthless king. The novel has deep roots in Adeyemi’s own Nigerian culture, and this shines through in the heartfelt and powerful tale that Adeyemi weaves.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy. 

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BLOG UPDATE: March 2018

Hello Bookworms! Its been awhile since I’ve done one of these, but since I am anticipating being quite swamped as I finish up my final term of Teacher’s College, I felt that I should share some important blog news with everyone!


(Furyborn by Claire Legrand)

March, April, and May are without a doubt going to be a crazy busy month for me – I will be entering my final practicum as a pre-service teacher! Crazy, right? But practicum means a busy schedule of teaching, volunteering, and lesson planning, and in my previous experience, this really does cut into my reading time. And while I may be busy with finishing up my final term of post-secondary, I know I’ll find a way to sneak in some reading – and blogging – time!

Just not as much time as I have been, which (unfortunately) means that I am going to be changing up my blogging schedule a little bit, starting this upcoming Sunday (March 18, 2018). I will still be publishing a full review every Thursday, but from now on on Mondays I will be re-instating Mini Mondays!

You read that right – I am bringing back an old feature – MINI MONDAYS! I stopped doing this feature mid-2017 because I just wasn’t enjoying writing “Mini” Reviews anymore, and I had more time than I had had in awhile to write, so I figured I would go all full reviews. Unfortunately, for the next couple months, I am anticipating being quite swamped as I finish up my final term of Teacher’s College, and thus, in order to keep bringing you all regularly scheduled reviews, I have decided to re-instate Mini Mondays! These reviews will be 600 words or less, and will focus primary on what I enjoyed, and what I did not.


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Beyond that, I will still be sharing monthly Reading/To Be Read Lists on the first (or as close as possible to the first), in addition to series reviews when applicable. I will also still be posting daily on my Bookstagram and on Twitter, so please feel free to follow me there to stay up to date on what I am reading and blogging about!

Finally, if there are any other features or blog posts themes you would like to see on my blog in the future, please let me know in the comments, and I will take your suggestions into consideration for my Summer Blogging Schedule!

Keep Reading, Bookworms!


(The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas)


Sky in the Deep (ARC) by Adrienne Young

Described as “fierce, vivid, and violently beautiful” Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young has undoubtedly earned its place as a 2018 Most Anticipated Young Adult book. Set to release in North America on April 24, 2018, Sky in the Deep is a lush, Viking-age inspired fantasy about loyalty, forgiveness, and the definition of family that identifies Adrienne Young is a fantastic storyteller.

(I would like to thank Raincoast Books for providing me with an Advance Reader’s Copy of Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young in exchange for an honest review). 

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield-her brother, fighting with the enemy-the brother she watched die five years ago. Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family. She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

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Furyborn (ARC) by Claire Legrand

Set to be released in North America on May 22, 2018, Furyborn is Claire Legrand’s new stunningly original, must-read fantasy that features two strong, powerful young women who find themselves drawn into an age-old magical prophecy neither of them can escape – even a thousand years apart.

(I would like to thank Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for providing me with an Advance Reader’s Copy of Furyborn by Clair Legrand in exchange for an honest review). 

Furyborn follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world – or doom it. When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed – unless the trials kill her first.One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable -until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined. As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world-and of each other. 

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The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas

Released in Canada on March 3, 2015, The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas features all four of the previously published e-novellas – The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Desert, The Assassins and the Underworld, and The Assassin and the Empire – along with a story now available for the first time, The Assassin and the Healer. I will be reviewing each of the five novellas individually, then reviewing the novella collection as a whole.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, she’s sworn to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam. Celaena’s missions take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and avenge tyranny. But by acting on her own terms, will Celaena truly free herself from her master, or will she suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery? 

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March 2018 To Be Read

Here we are again – another month, another To Be Read List. I’ll be honest with you all (to those of you who actually read these, anyways), I mostly share these lists for my own personal reference, for months from now (when I actually have free time) when I want to go back a read books I missed during the mayhem that is the school year. And let’s be honest – 2018 has been riddled with fantastic YA Fantasy and Sci-Fi releases thus far, not to mention all the Adult Fantasy books that have found their way onto my shelves in recent weeks. I don’t want to miss a thing!

But I’ll be honest – life is busy. My TBR list is often out of control. So I have created a physical system to limit my book buying – a “TBR Box”. If the box is full, I can’t buy another book until there is room for it. This is actually working quite well so far! You’ll see my TBR box featured on my Bookstagram now and then (and here it is below – although it’s not holding TBR books in this photo!).

How do you control your To Be Read Books?


I did pretty good last month – despite how busy February always ends up being, I managed to read nearly all the books on my list (which you can find here). Those that I didn’t quite find the time to get to have been included on this list – here’s to hoping I can tackle this months list just as efficiently (Please note that the below list is based on my own personal interests and release dates in Canada)!

  1. Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking (Release Date: January 2, 2018)
  2. Iron Gold by Pierce Brown (Release Date: January 16, 2018)
  3. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Release Date: March 6, 2018)
  4. Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton (Release Date: March 6, 2018)
  5. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (Release Date: March 6, 2018)
  6. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Release Date: March 13, 2018)
  7. The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco (Release Date: March 20, 2018)
  8. From the Earth to the Shadows (ARC) by Amanda Hocking (Release Date: April 24, 2018)
  9. Song of Blood & Stone (ARC) by L. Penelope (Release Date: May 2, 2018)
  10. Furyborn (ARC) by Claire Legrand (Release Date: May 22, 2018)

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over eighteen novels set in the fantasy realm of Tortall. She first captured the imagination of readers with her debut novel, Alanna: The First Adventure (of the Lioness Quartet). Since then, her bestselling and award-winning titles have pushed the boundaries of fantasy and young adult novels to introduce readers to a rich world populated by strong, believable heroines.

Released on February 8, 2018, Tempests and Slaughter is the first book in Tamora Pierce’s new series, The Numair Chronicles. This highly anticipated new Tortall Legend from Tamora Pierce is a must-read for any fantasy lover. The Numair Chronicles will provide ardent fans of the world with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall, while newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.

Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for danger. Arram Draper is on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting trouble. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram realizes that one day – soon – he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie. 

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City of Bastards (ARC) by Andrew Shvartz

Set to release on June 5, 2018, City of Bastards by Andrew Shvartz is the sequel to last year’s buzz-worthy debut novel, Royal BastardsCity of Bastards picks up shortly after the conclusion of Royal Bastards, once again following the actions of the illegitimate children from various nations as they navigate an increasing complex and dangerous political climate. Fans of Cassandra Clare, Sarah J. Maas, and Victoria Aveyard, as well as the hugely popular Game of Thrones, will love this adventure, and this fantasy world, which is so accessible and fun that it’s sure to appeal to readers aren’t avowed fantasy-lovers right alongside the buffs.

(NOTE: I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

Tilla, bastard of House Kent, has it made. Safe from her murderous father in the dazzling capital of Lightspire, she lives a life of luxury under the protection of the Volaris King, alongside her boyfriend, Zell, and best friend, Princess Lyriana. So why isn’t she happy? Maybe it’s the whispers and stares that follow her wherever she goes, as the daughter of the traitor waging war against Lightspire. Or maybe it’s the memories of her beloved brother, Jax, who lies cold in his grave even as she tries to settle into a life in the city’s prestigious University. Then Tilla stumbles upon the body of a classmate-a friend. The authorities are quick to rule it a suicide and sweep it under the rug, but when Tilla herself is attacked by a mysterious man with terrifying powers, she’s convinced of a conspiracy. Her friends beg her to stay silent; what she’s suggesting is impossible . . . and treasonous. But Tilla can’t-won’t-let it go. And the deeper she digs, the more questions she uncovers. How is the West beating the supposedly invincible Lightspire mages in battle? Is it connected to the shadowy cult wreaking havoc in Lightspire? Nothing is as it seems in the glorious capital, and Tilla’s presence might just be the spark that sets the Kingdom aflame.
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