MINI MONDAY: Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan

New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s romantic fantasy series that began with Reign of Shadows continues in this lack-luster, rushed sequel, Rise of Fire, released in North America on February 7th, 2017. You can find my review for the first book in this series, Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan, here.

Luna and Fowler have escaped the kingdom of Relhok, but they haven’t escaped the darkness. When a battle against the dark dwellers mortally injures Fowler, Luna is faced with a choice: put their fate in the hands of mysterious strangers or risk losing Fowler forever. Desperate to keep the one bright part of her life alive, Luna accepts the help of soldiers from a nearby kingdom. Lagonia’s castle offers reprieve from the dangerous outside world—until the King discovers both Fowler and Luna’s true ties to Relhok and their influence over the throne. Now pawns in each kingdom’s political game, Luna and Fowler are more determined than ever to escape and build the life they’ve been dreaming of. But their own pasts have a tight hold on their hearts and their destinies. Luna must embrace the darkness and fire within her before she loses not only Fowler but the power she was destined to inherit.

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June 2017 Fairyloot Unboxing

FairyLoot is a monthly book subscription box that specializes in Young Adult Fantasy books, based out of London, England. Previous themes include Warriors and Legends (May 2017), Dreams and Wishes (April 2017) and Myths and Monsters (March 2017). Every month they have a different theme and select an exciting new title with 4-6 hand selected goodies – like book inspired teas, candles, bookmarks, tote bags, and more!

So, how can you get a FairyLoot box of your own (because once you see the awesome books and all the awesome loot in them, I know you’ll want one too)? For more information, check out http://www.fairyloot.com/

And, if you decide to subscribe? Use the code ONEPAGE5 to save 5% of your 3 or 6 month subscription! How cool is that?

So now, on to the exciting part – the unboxing! The theme for June 2017’s FairyLoot box was “Elementalists”, and it featured some truly awesome stuff! Honestly this may be my favourite FairyLoot box ever – they just keep getting better and better! (Warning: Spoilers for box contents past this point!)

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So what, exactly, was in the box?

  • One of five different Stormheart Candles (I got the Skyfire one!) made by Witchwood Remedies

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  • One of four Bending Lipbalms (inspired by Avatar: The Last Airbender) made by Geeky Clean

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  • A Hamsa Hand Bracelet made by In the Moment (see full unboxing photo below!)
  • Clairvoyance Soap made by Ascent Bath and Body

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  • Potion Sticky Notes made by FairyLoot (see full unboxing photo below!)
  • Portable Magic Pillowcase designed by Miss Phi 
  • The Waking Land Sampler
  • Frostblood (Elly Blake) Postcards
  • And, of course, the book of the month – Roar by Cora Carmack, which came with a letter from Cora and a signed bookplate!

July 2017 To Be Read List

Let me start this off by first saying – Happy 150th Birthday Canada! Today, many Canadian bookworms, such as myself, are out and about celebrating the “birth” of our home nation. So what are we celebrating up here in the Great White North, you ask? The year 2017 marks 150 years since Confederation – what many consider to be the official creation of the Dominion of Canada. And while we celebrate this milestone, it is also important to remember that for many Indigenous people (and non-Indigenous people, too), Canada exists on stolen land. While multiple First Nations have treaty agreements with Canada, others do not; there are unceded territories, and broken treaties too. It’s your birthday, Canada, so make a wish. And make it count!

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So, what will I be reading this month?

Well, after a crazily busy June, I have a lot of catching up to do; I’m hoping that a more consistent work schedule will help me keep more up to date with my TBR and my blog posting schedule, but only time will tell! I am especially behind when it comes to reading books I received for my birthday! That being said, much of this list may look similar to my June TBR, but there’s some new books on here as well!

  1. Now I Rise by Kiersten White (June 27, 2017)
  2. Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh (June 13, 2017)
  3. Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts (May 30, 2017)
  4. Thief’s Cunning by Sarah Ahiers (June 13, 2017)
  5. Beren and Luthien by J.R.R. Tolkien, illustrated by Alan Lee and edited by Christopher Tolkien (June 1, 2017)
  6. Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau (June 6th, 2017)
  7. Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell (May 4th, 2017)
  8. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody (July 25th, 2017)
  9. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell (July 18, 2017)
  10. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (December 11th, 2012)

So, what will you be reading this month? Let me know in the comments!

MINI MONDAY: Song of the Current by Sarah Tolscer

So, it’s been two weeks since I last posted, and you may be wondering – what happened to me? You’re not alone – I’ve been wondering the same thing. But sometimes, life just gets away from you – as it has recently gotten away from me – and I found myself needed a brief break from the world of blogging and reading. But I am back now, and I’ve got lots of new and exciting reviews coming your way – so fans of YA Fantasy, or just Fantasy in general, watch out! 

“Adventurous and dangerous! Fate and fires, pirates and shadowmen, Song of the Current will carry you into a treacherous and fantastic world, which you will not want to leave.” —Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark. Song of the Current by Sarah Tolscer had been on my watch list for awhile, then my June TBR, so as soon as it was released in Canada on June 6th, 2017, I was off to the book store to pick it up! And it did not disappoint –  Song of the Current instantly swept me away to a world of fantasy, pirates and danger that is not to be missed!

Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will. Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

 
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Alanna’s June Reading List

This post may be a few days late… But better late than never, right? June is sure to be a busy month for me, what with the end of the school year and the start of summer camp just around the corner, but there’s always time for reading! Even if it has to be done in the dead of night when I’m supposed to be sleeping.

But who could sleep with all these awesome new and upcoming releases? (Plus some older releases I’ve finally added to my TBR!) I’m also thinking that I may just have to camp out at the book store on June 13, because wow! – so many books coming out on one day!

  1. Roar by Cora Carmack (June 13, 2017)
  2. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (June 13, 2017)
  3. Now I Rise by Kiersten White (June 27, 2017)
  4. Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh (June 13, 2017)
  5. Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts (May 30, 2017)
  6. Thief’s Cunning by Sarah Ahiers (June 13, 2017)
  7. Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser (June 6, 2017)
  8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (July 3, 2012)
  9. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (July 1, 2014)
  10. Beren and Luthien by J.R.R. Tolkien, illustrated by Alan Lee and edited by Christopher Tolkien (June 1, 2017)

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Please note that the above release dates reflect North American publication dates; they in no way are guaranteed to reflect international publication dates! 

May 2017 FairyLoot Unboxing

FairyLoot is a monthly book subscription box that specializes in Young Adult Fantasy books, based out of London, England. Previous themes include Warriors and Legends (May 2017), Dreams and Wishes (April 2017) and Myths and Monsters (March 2017). Every month they have a different theme and select an exciting new title with 4-6 hand selected goodies – like book inspired teas, candles, bookmarks, tote bags, and more!

So, how can you get a FairyLoot box of your own (because once you see the awesome books and all the awesome loot in them, I know you’ll want one too)? For more information, check out http://www.fairyloot.com/

And, if you decide to subscribe? Use the code ONEPAGE5 to save 5% of your 3 or 6 month subscription! How cool is that?

So now, on to the exciting part – the unboxing! May 2017’s FairyLoot box was all about “Warriors and Legends”, and it featured some truly awesome stuff! Honestly this may be my favourite FairyLoot box ever – they just keep getting better and better! (Warning: Spoilers for box contents past this point!)

So what, exactly, was in the box?

  • A “Warriors & Legends” green tea blend by The Tea Leaf Co.

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  • A Metallic Feather Pen by Flora’s Wonder Emporium
  • Naondel Chapter 1 Sampler
  • World Mythology in Bite-sized Chunks by Mark Daniels

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  • A mini tin candle by In the Wick of Time – either the Flame or the Mist scent!

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  • Celtic Socks created exclusively by FairyLoot
  • The “One Ring Woodmark” by Ink and Wonder

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This month’s box also included a highly anticipated, newly released Young Adult Fantasy novel – Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. It’s a book I’ve been eagerly anticipating for awhile, so imagine my excitement when I opened my May FairyLoot box to find it! You can find my full review for Flame in the Mist here – but for those of you who don’t want to read an entire review, here’s a quick summary:

Overall, Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh was everything it promised to be – a very loose retelling of Mulan, smashed together with Japanese mythology, samurai, 47 Ronin and feudal Japan – which meant lots of action, intrigue and yes, romance. The characters were simply fantastic, and they, more than enything else, really made this book what it is. I loved every word of this book – from the well-paced plot, to the intriguing, morally grey characters, right down to the stunning prose that defines Ahdieh’s style. So, if you’re a lover of fantasy, retellings and/or Mulan, you’re not going to want to miss out on this one (4.5/5)!

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So I think it’s safe to say that I absolutely adored this month’s box! Everything in it was simply perfect, and as always, the lovely folks over at Fairyloot really outdid themselves!

 

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

“Without risk, life is far too predictable” – Renee Ahdieh, Flame in the Mist, p.137.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn, comes a sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan where Mulan meets Throne of Glass. Released on May 16, 2017 in Canada, Flame in the Mist promised to be one of the best Young Adult Fantasy releases on the season – and Ahdieh certainly didn’t disappoint!

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace. Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and track down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

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