GIVEAWAY – Courting Darkness Character Cards (February 10 – 15, 2019)

Hello Bookworms!

I have some very exciting news for you – Robin LaFevers sent Raincoast Books a goody bag of character card, and Raincoast Books wants to share them with Canadian fans of the His Fair Assassins trilogy and the Courting Darkness duology! And trust me – you’re going to want to get your hands on these character cards – they’re absolutely stunning!

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Fire and Heist (ARC) by Sarah Beth Durst

Released in North America on December 4, 2018, Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst introduces fans of the genre to a whole new world where humans and magic mingle. Fans of Cassandra Clare and Julie Kagawa will undoubtedly devour this contemporary fantasy about a teen were-dragon who must steal her first treasure – though this tale may not be fore everyone.

DISCLAIMER: Thank-you to Indigo Books & Music Inc. for providing me with an Advance Review Copy of Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst in exchange for an honest review. 

In Sky Hawkins’s family, leading your first heist is a major milestone–even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It’s a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you’re a wyvern–a human capable of turning into a dragon. Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky discovers secrets about her mother, who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family’s wealth and rank in their community. With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist, and get her boyfriend and mother back in the process. But then she uncovers a dark truth about were-dragon society–a truth more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.

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February 2019 Reading List

I know, I know – this list is a couple days late! Unfortunately the end of January was quite jam-packed, so it took me a few days to get this post together – though that is certainly no indicator of how excited I am for these February reads! my first reading list of 2019! After a successful month of reading in January (I managed to read over 12 books – I am not even sure how I managed that one!) I am excited to dive into all the fantastic new books being released in February!

I have quite a few books that I am excited to read in February, including some are older releases that I haven’t had a chance to read yet. Despite that, most are new releases I simply can’t wait to pick up (an honestly? It looks like February 5 is the most popular release day of 2019 so far!).

  1. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (Release Date: January 29, 2019)
  2. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (Release Date: February 5, 2019)
  3. Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian (Release Date: February 5, 2019)
  4. Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway (Release Date: February 5, 2019)
  5. Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers (Release Date: February 5, 2019)
  6. Enchantee by Gita Trelease (Release Date: February 5, 2019)
  7. Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard (Release Date: February 12, 2019)
  8. The Triumphant by Lesley Livingston (Release Date: February 12, 2019)
  9. The Afterward by E.K. Johnston (Release Date: February 19, 2019)
  10. Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller (Release Date: February 26, 2019)

What books are you most looking forward to reading in February?

Courting Darkness (ARC) by Robin LaFevers

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers is the first in a new duology, set to release in North America on February 5, 2019. This darkly thrilling page-turner is set in the world of the best-selling His Fair Assassin series (also written by LaFevers), and is written with the same prowess and intrigue that LaFevers has brought to her previous novels.

DISCLAIMER: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep in the French court years ago by the convent—provided Sybella can find them. Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she struggles to remember who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. Her only solace is a hidden prisoner who appears all but forgotten by his guards. When tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands—even if it means ignoring the long awaited orders from the convent. As Sybella and Gen’s paths draw ever closer, the fate of everything they hold sacred rests on a knife’s edge. Will they find each other in time, or will their worlds collide, destroying everything they care about? 

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The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

Released in North America on January 8, 2019, The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe is a hilarious contemporary realistic YA debut novel about a rather cynical Black French Canadian teen who moves to Austin, Texas, and experiences the clichés and joys of the American high school experience—including falling in love.

What’s more? The Field Guide to the North American Teenager is so awesome that it was selected as the Indigo Teen Staff Pick of the Month for January 2019! You can check out the The Field Guide to the North American Teenager and other Indigo Teen SPOTM’s on Indigo‘s website.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of he Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 

Norris Kaplan is clever, cynical, and quite possibly too smart for his own good. A black French Canadian, he knows from watching American sitcoms that those three things don’t bode well when you are moving to Austin, Texas. Plunked into a new high school and sweating a ridiculous amount from the oppressive Texas heat, Norris finds himself cataloging everyone he meets: the Cheerleaders, the Jocks, the Loners, and even the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Making a ton of friends has never been a priority for him, and this way he can at least amuse himself until it’s time to go back to Canada, where he belongs. Yet, against all odds, those labels soon become actual people to Norris. Be it loner Liam, who makes it his mission to befriend Norris, or Madison the beta cheerleader, who is so nice that it has to be a trap. Not to mention Aarti the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, who might, in fact, be a real love interest in the making. He even starts playing actual hockey with these Texans. But the night of the prom, Norris screws everything up royally. As he tries to pick up the pieces, he realizes it might be time to stop hiding behind his snarky opinions and start living his life—along with the people who have found their way into his heart.

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Courting Darkness Blog Tour (Jan 28 – Feb 1, 2019)

Hello Bookworms!

If you’re following me on social media (either Instagram or Twitter), you may have seen the exciting news – I will be participating in the Blog Tour for Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers this week!

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My review of Courting Darkness will be going live on Friday February 1, 2019 at 10 am EST, but the Blog Tour officially kicks off today! Please check out the reviews of my fellow bloggers below, and give them some love!

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February 1:

Once a King by Erin Summerhill

In Once a King by Erin Summerhill (released on December 4, 2018), a young king searches for a way to save his kingdom. This is undoubtedly a swoon-worthy spin-off of Summerhill’s Ever the Hunted and Ever the Brave that puts Aodren and Lirra on center-stage – amidst political intrigue and growing strife.

Aodren is a lonely, young king, searching for a way to dismantle his father’s dark legacy. Lirra is a girl with the power to control the wind, torn between duty and following her dreams. For twenty years, Channelers—women with a magical ability—have been persecuted in Malam by those without magic. Now King Aodren wants to end the bloody divide and unite his kingdom. But decades of hatred can’t be overcome by issuing decrees, and rumors of a deadly Channeler-made substance are only fueling people’s fears. Lirra has every reason to distrust Aodren. Yet when he asks for help to discover the truth behind the rumors, she can’t say no. With Lirra by his side, Aodren sees a way forward for his people. But can he rewrite the mistakes of the past before his enemies destroy the world he’s working so hard to rebuild?

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Ever the Brave by Erin Summerhill

Released on December 4, 2018, Ever the Brave by Erin Summerhill is the riveting sequel to the romantic fantasy adventure Ever the Hunted. It promises to appeal audiences who enjoy fantasy, themes of good versus evil, and romantic conflicts.

After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta dreams of a peaceful life in her childhood home with Cohen. But her powers created an accidental tether between Britta and Aodren, a bond she cannot sever that is pulling her away from the man she loves. Cohen’s only desire is to protect Britta from harm. But how can he do that when his hunt for the Channeler responsible for controlling the king prevents him from staying by Britta’s side? Aodren has spent a year in the thrall of a manipulative Channeler and must now focus on leading Malam out of the darkness, even though he can’t stop thinking about Britta and the bond that draws them together. As Britta, Cohen, and Aodren face the sinister forces that threaten Malam from within and without, Britta learns that there are those who would use her power for evil designs. If she cannot find a way to harness her magical ability, her life-as well as her country-may be lost. The stakes are higher than ever as Britta fights to protect her kingdom and her heart in this thrilling fantasy adventure.

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Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerhill

“With a resourceful and cunning heroine, a compelling and nuanced romance, and a truly fascinating system of magic, Ever the Hunted ensnared me from the very first pages. Absolutely marvelous.” – Sarah J. Maas, New York Times (bestselling author of the Throne of Glass books).

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerhill was released on November 17, 2017, ad while I didn’t pick this one up right away, it was most certainly worth the read – because Ever the Hunted is overflowing with potential, including a fascinating world, intriguing characters, and an adventure with plenty of thrilling twists and turns will keep readers turning pages long into the night.

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer. However, it’s not so simple. The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved, who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

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