Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

In the daring new read, acclaimed author Mindee Arnett thrusts readers into a beautiful, dangerous, and magical world in this stunningly epic and romantic fantasy for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sarah Raasch. Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett was released in North America on May 15, 2018, and while I was hesitantly optimistic about this one, I am so glad that it was included in the May 2018 FairyLoot, because I absolutely loved this book!

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king of Rime. Cast out of the nobility, Kate now works for the royal courier service. Only the most skilled ride for the Relay and only the fastest survive, for when night falls, the drakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: She is a wilder, born with forbidden magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by drakes in broad daylight—the only survivor Corwin Tormaine, the son of the king. Her first love, the boy she swore to forget after he condemned her father to death. With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin must put the past behind them to face this new threat and an even darker menace stirring in the kingdom.

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MINI MONDAY: War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

On May 15, 2018, the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard came to a stunning conclusion with the release of the fourth book in the series, War Storm. In this epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power . . . for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

Victory comes with a price. Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all . . . starting with the crown on Maven’s head. But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolish everything—and everyone—in his path. War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

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June 2018 Reading List

Hi Bookworms!

After a very busy April and May, I am happy to report that I am now officially done university (next up: Convocation!), and I am now working. While this means that I am still relatively busy, I am hoping to find myself with a bit more time for reading, reviewing and photography, among other things.

I even managed to get a decent amount of reading done in May – I finished several books, including Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian, Stormcaster by Cinda Williams Chima, War Storm by Victoria Aveyard, A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas, The Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips, and The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen! I am hoping to have reviews available for all of those I haven’t yet reviewed in the next couple weeks, so stay tuned!

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After all that reading, my To Be Read basket is feeling a little empty! So (of course), I have once again put together what is undoubtedly an overly optimistic reading list for June 2018. This lists includes some books from previous months I simply haven’t had a chance t read yet, in addition to some exciting new releases!

MY JUNE 2018 READING LIST IS:

  1. Iron Gold by Pierce Brown (Release Date: January 16, 2018)
  2. Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett (Release Date: May 15, 2018)
  3. Legendary by Stephanie Garber (Release Date: May 29, 2018)
  4. LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff (Release Date: May 29, 2018)

  5. Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh (Release Date: June 5, 2018)
  6. Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolscer (Release Date: June 5, 2018)
  7. City of Bastards by Andrew Shvartz (Release Date: June 5, 2018)
  8. Eden Conquered by Joelle Charbonneau (Release Date: June 5, 2018)
  9. Rage by Cora Carmack (Release Date: June 11, 2018)
  10. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (Release Date: June 12, 2018)

*Please note that the above listed release dates reflect Canadian/North American Book Releases, and may not be accurate for international locations. 

May 2018 FairyLoot Unboxing

After several months, I am back with another FairyLoot Unboxing! I was so excited to finally be able to snag another one of these boxes! In January 2018, I made the difficult decision to suspend my subscription for financial reasons, but I always knew I’d be willing to snag another box if the opportunity arose!

SO WHAT IS FAIRYLOOT?

FairyLoot is a monthly book subscription box that specializes in Young Adult Fantasy books, based out of London, England. Recent themes include “Oh So Regal” (December 2017), “Talk Faerie to Me” (January 2018), and Whimsical Journeys (April 2018). Every month they have a different theme and select an exciting newly released fantasy novel, in addition to 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 FairyLoot’s website!

AND, IF YOU DECIDE TO SUBSCRIBE? CHECK OUT MY FAIRYLOOT PAGE FOR CURRENT DISCOUNT CODES FOR 3 AND 6 MONTH SUBSCRIPTIONS!

So now, on to the exciting part – the unboxing! The theme for May 2018’s FairyLoot box was “Save the Kingdom”! So if you love a good fantasy read featuring badass protagonist and high stakes, then you are going to love this box – and even if you don’t, there’s no doubt in my mind you would love it anyways! There’s a TON of fantastic items, including a very highly anticipated new release that is getting fantastic reviews – and of course its filled with magic, drakes, romance, action, and intrigue!

(WARNING: SPOILERS FOR BOX CONTENTS PAST THIS POINT)

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MINI MONDAY: The Girl You Thought I Was (ARC) by Rebecca Phillips

Set to release in North America on July 31st, 2018, The Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips promised to be “a charming and poignant ode to the seasons of friendship, family, and love, and what happens when we dare to reveal our most messy selves” (Darcy Woods).

(Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader Copy of The Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips from Harper Collins Canada in exchange for an honest review). 

No one looking at Morgan Kemper would think she had a secret-at least not one that she’s deeply ashamed of. To everyone she meets, she comes across as sweet, pretty, and put together. But Morgan knows that looks can be deceiving. For over a year, she’s shoplifted countless pieces of clothing and makeup. Each time she tells herself it will be the last, and each time it never is. But when she’s caught and sentenced to thirty hours of community service, the image Morgan has carefully constructed starts to crumble. She’s determined to complete her punishment without her friends discovering the truth about her sticky fingers, but that’s easier said than done…Especially once she meets Eli, the charming, handsome nephew of the owner of the charity shop where Morgan is volunteering. Soon, Morgan is faced with an impossible decision: continue to conceal the truth or admit that she’s lied to everyone in her life, including the boy she’s falling for.

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To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Released in North America on March 6, 2018, To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo is an action-packed debut that will leave readers reeling – and in search of more swash-buckling pirates and deadly sirens to read about!

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 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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MINI MONDAY: Reign the Earth by A.C.Gaughen (AUDIOBOOK)

Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen was released in North America on January 30, 2018, and while it was on my Reading List, it wasn’t one I was really highly anticipating, so I did not get to it until March, in the form of an audiobook I listened to whilst at the gym, driving to and from work, and around the house.

Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands. But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

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A Court of Frost and Starlight (NOVELLA) by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas, released on May 1, 2018, is a new, original novella in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series that picks up several months after the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin, and will serve as a bridge between that series and Maas’ upcoming series set in the same world.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

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MINI MONDAY: The Bird and the Blade (ARC) by Megan Bannen

The Bird and the Blade is a lush, powerful story of life and death, battles and riddles, lies and secrets from debut author Megan Bannen. Set to release in North America on June 5, 2018, The Bird and the Blade is sure to stun fans of the YA Fantasy genre, and those who enjoy a well told, creative retelling.

Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen from Harper Collins Canada in exchange for an honest review. 

As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom … until she finds herself an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his irascible father as they flee from their enemies across the vast Mongol Empire. On the run, with adversaries on all sides and an endless journey ahead, Jinghua hatches a scheme to use the Kipchaks’ exile to return home, a plan that becomes increasingly fraught as her feelings for Khalaf evolve into a hopeless love. Jinghua’s already dicey prospects take a downward turn when Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht, the daughter of the Great Khan. As beautiful as she is cunning, Turandokht requires all potential suitors to solve three impossible riddles to win her hand—and if they fail, they die. Jinghua has kept her own counsel well, but with Khalaf’s kingdom—and his very life—on the line, she must reconcile the hard truth of her past with her love for a boy who has no idea what she’s capable of … even if it means losing him to the girl who’d sooner take his life than his heart.

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