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Saturday, 17 September 2016

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas #MaasThirteen Blog Tour! Colouring Birthday Bash + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Empire of Storms blog tour!

Can you all believe that Empire of Storms is already out and that there is only ONE more full length book to go in this amazing series? Today I'm going to be doing something extra special because IT'S MY BIRTHDAY and who wouldn't want to celebrate with Aelin/Celaena?



Monday, 12 September 2016

An Ember in the Ashes Series Playlist

"You will spark and burn, ravage and destroy."          


      It should come as no surprise that this is an “An Ember in the Ashes” post. The series is all I talk about, cry about, and dream about. Since “A Torch Against the Night” has released (review coming soon, still processing my feels) quite a very few people have asked me about an Ember/Torch Playlist!


I've been thinking about this for a while. I always add songs to my iTunes playlist and try to overanalyze the lyrics and match them up with what's going on in the books. I think at this point I have found my top songs that work for each character. I haven't thought of scene songs, unfortunately. But I've put together one song for each character plus a little OTP song for some ships.


(Even for those I don't ship. See? I can be mature. ELAIA 4EVR!!!)


So here’s my tiny playlist plus some photo sets that I’ve put together. If you follow my twitter, you may have seen them before! I’ll include a YouTube link with each song so you can check them out if you’re interested, PLUS standout lyrics that made me choose that particular song. Let me know what you all think about it! I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts!


AN EMBER IN THE ASHES SERIES PLAYLIST
 
Elias- Devil May Cry x The Weeknd (click here to listen)


“The story you birth will be ageless, just learn to love pain and be patient”

"It won't be in vain, To swallow all your pain. And learn to love what burns, And gather courage to return"










Laia- Thousand Eyes x Of Monsters and Men(click here to listen)
“I’ll be the calm, I will be the quiet. Stripped to the bone, I wait.”


“No, I’ll be a stone, I’ll be the hunter. A tower that casts a shade.”








Helene- Goddess x Banks (listen here)


“Finally surfaced above the downs, feeling her boldest, she came around, Cause she’s a goddess, you never got this."
"Now you've gotta deal with this glitch on your shoulder,
f***ing with a Goddess and you get a little colder."
                                                   





Helene & Elias- Never Gonna Change x Broods (listen here)


“And I hate that I can’t say your name, without feeling like I’m part of the blame
And it’s never gonna feel quite the same, but it’s never gonna change.”
“Had me feeling like you were the one.”
“All of the heroes are dead.”


Laia & Elias- Sacrifice x Zella Day (listen here)

“I don’t wanna be touched by the fear in your eyes, I don’t want to be left for my demons to find.”
“Tell me you, will hold me in the golden afterlife. You don’t have to die alone tonight
I will find you in a burning sky, where the ashes rain in your mind. I’ll sacrifice.”
“Be a dose of protection through the blood and the tears”



Laia & Keenan- Towards the Sun x Rihanna (listen here)
“Lost in the rock and roll, got lost in a love I’ve never known. Shadows chase me far from home, I remember when my heart was filled with gold.”
“Don’t look back, just carry on and the shadows will never find you.”


 

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Review: Day Zero (The Arcana Chronicles #3.5) by Kresley Cole

Day Zero (The Arcana Chronicles #3.5)
Behind 174 Pages
Released: 1 August 2016
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Dystopian
Publisher: Valkyrie Press
Buy Me: Amazon
At the Other End:
Arcana means secrets, and these Arcana Chronicles short stories from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole are filled with them. Experience firsthand the beginning of the end and behold the apocalypse through the eyes of characters you only thought you knew. 


Ashes to ashes . . . 
Evie Greene’s story of the Flash is just one of many. All over the world, those connected in some way to the lethal Arcana game—like Death, Jack, and Fortune—must first survive a horrifying night of blood and screams. 

We all fall down. 
Some will have to grapple with new powers; all will be damned to a hellish new existence of plague, brutality, desolation, and cannibalism. Find out who they lost, why they endure, and what they sacrificed in order to live past Day Zero. . . . 

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole | 3 book review!


Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers Series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master's grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. 

Her books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.

Find Kresley:

Website  |  Twitter  |  Facebook | Arcana Chronicles Website

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

An Ember in the Ashes Twitter Party!!!!




Hi All!!
So this Sunday, July 10th, 2016 I am hosting an An Ember in the Ashes Twitter Party on my twitter account @bibliophilesbkm . I have posted a few details on both my Instagram account, and my Twitter but I figured I’d go a little more in depth about it.

***Note AEITA=An Ember in the Ashes (Some people refer to it as EMBER, but AEITA stuck with me.)


As many of you know, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is hands-down one of my favorite books, and all I do is talk about it! AEITA this, Elias Veturius that it’s never ending. Last year, July 10, 2015 I purchased AEITA and finished it over 3 days. So to celebrate it being a 1 year anniversary (for me), I want to celebrate it publicly with you all! In An Ember in the Ashes, the Aspirants had to go through Four Trials, so that’s what we’ll be doing!

TRIAL 1 will be an AEITA discussion. I have a list of questions to ask you all, what you liked, disliked, and stuff like that. I’m also trying to get more creative with the questions! I only plan for the first trial to last about 20 minutes. It may seem like a long time but it’s really not. For me to ask questions, retweet answers, and respond it’ll take a while. If we go over the 20 minutes, I’m okay with it!



TRIAL 2 is called the Trial of Theories! We’ll be discussing our TORCH theories!  There is 54 days until TORCH releases, and I literally have a whole board of questions/ answers I need from Sabaa, and TORCH. Like where’s book 3? HEY PENGUIN WHERE IS BOOK 3??? We’ll cover expectations, wants, fears, stuff like that. Those that HAVE read TORCH, I’m asking you not to give anything away please! Not all of us were lucky to receive ARCS…EVEN THOUGH WE WOULD’VE SOLD OUR SOULS FOR IT…but hey, I can wait till August 30th, no biggie.



TRIAL 3 will be a QUIZ!! I will have 8 quiz questions about An Ember in the Ashes, and the first person to answer each question correctly gets a prize! They aren’t much, but they are something, and I hope you all enjoy them! Make sure to have your copies of AEITA next to you in case you need to jump through and look for an answer!! They will start off pretty easy, but they will get harder!



TRIAL 4 is being hosted on my Instagram page @abibliophilesbookmark !!! There is a photo posted of an AEITA basket that I will be giving away to one lucky winner! The basket includes 1 Always Victorious candle from The Melting Library, 1 Elias Veturius inspired soap, and 1 AEITA bookmark from Gina’s Etsy shop, Behind the Pages! On the photo I posted is all the details on how to win the basket!



Now that I’ve told you all about my AEITA Twitter Party, and Trial 4 Giveaway, I REALLY hope you all decide to participate! I’ve really put in a lot of time and money into this party & giveaway, and I hope you all enjoy it! I’m doing this so that we can all celebrate this incredible book by Sabaa Tahir, and fangirl/fanboy over the upcoming release of A Torch Against the Night, the HIGHLY ANTICIPATED sequel. I hope to see you all there!



Always Victorious!

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Review


To start off with, I rarely EVER read anything outside of YA, and Fantasy books. Awhile back I saw the trailer for film starring Emily Blunt, and knew I had to read this book! One of my good friends Anabel, surprised me with the book for my birthday and I started it immediately.

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is a dark, psychological thriller that follows a woman named Rachel who has 110 issues. If you think your life sucks, think again. Rachel has a dependency on alcohol which started a little before she became divorced. She doesn’t have a high opinion of herself either, which probably goes back to her divorce from Tom. Tom had an affair with a woman named Anna that resulted in a pregnancy, he then married her and moved her into the home he once shared with Rachel. (Crazy, right? Just wait.)

Rachel takes a train every morning to “work” where she passes her old home. As she sits on the train, through the window she observes the house a few doors down from her old home and watches this couple she’s named “Jason and Jess” and even has a little life story built around them. When “Jess” goes missing, Rachel makes her way into the very real life of Megan and Scott all the while battling her alcohol addiction, and her obsession with her ex-husband Tom.


The story is told through three different perspectives of Rachel, Anna, and Megan. Personally, I am not a fan of multiple perspectives, but it really worked for this book. You have the ex-wife, the current wife, and then the missing woman. And they’re all connected somehow. I just felt so bad for Rachel. To find out her husband was having an affair, and then he marries the mistress and moves her into THEIR home?! That made me so angry! But more on that later. Rachel’s dependency on alcohol has caused her to have blackouts, and she often forgets what’s happened. Just when you think she’ll stop and become sober, boom. Something happens and she starts once again, and then we don’t know what she’s forgotten.



Goodness I hated Anna. Every time her chapter came up I rolled my eyes. Who takes pleasure in being the mistress of a married man? She does. She has no sympathy and pretends like she’s sacrificed SO MUCH to build a life with Tom. I did NOT feel bad for her once.


We get snippets of Megan’s past, and what her deal was. I think she had so much potential but I guess life gets in the way and throws you off. She wasn’t a good person either, but she could have been. Victim of circumstances I guess.

Tom. No, man. Just no.

There is literally not one decent character in this book, which I loved! I really disliked every one! Even the roommate was irritating, and kind of an enabler. But it all fits really well, and works to create a twisty story that leaves you anxious, slightly confused, pissed off, and shocked. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN has been compared to Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL, and once you read it, you’ll see why the comparisons stand. If you enjoyed Gone Girl, you’ll definitely enjoy TGOTT. I gave it 4 Stars! I will be in theaters in October to see the film!

Monday, 4 July 2016

ARC Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff + Wallpapers

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicles #1)
Behind 496 Pages
Released: 11 August 2016
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Voyager Australia
Pre-Order: Amazon  |  Angus and Robertson Bookworld  |  Booktopia  |  Book Depository  |  Fishpond
At the Other End:
Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Air Awakens by Elise Kova Review



I am not even sure of where to start this review. I mean this book was INCREDIBLE!

So our main character, Vhalla is a library apprentice who was raised to fear magic, and the sorcerer’s who live in the tower. Very early on, she learns that she has magic of her own-a very unique and special affinity to air. Those with magic have an affinity of either air, water, fire, or earth (I believe that is all of them.) What I loved about the beginning of the book, was that Vhalla didn’t want her magic. Elise Kova did an amazing job with projecting real thoughts from Vhalla.
I’ve always noticed in many fantasy novels, when the MC finds out they are the “chosen one” or they have a special power, they kind of jump into it and is like “let’s go save the world!” I don’t know about you, but I always try to place myself in the shoes of the MC, and I am NOT brave. Not brave at all. If I had learned I had magic, and I was brought up to fear those with it, I’d get rid of it. I’d ignore it as long as I could, and that is what Vhalla did. She just wanted to be a normal girl, have a normal life, and continue on as a library apprentice. After she saves the Crown Prince’s life *swoons*, she learns of her magic and after some fighting with herself comes to accept it, and begins learning. Enter Prince Aldrik *swoons again* Let me just say how irritating that man is! BUT I LOVED IT! It worked for him! I enjoyed how Elise wrote him. Did I mention that he is a Fire Lord? I mean he is LITERALLY HOT! Okay, aside from that he really is irritating, and kind of rude, and has a pretty bad rap. I mean no one has anything nice to say about him. But as Vhalla gets to know him, we learn there is a softer side to him. I get why he is the way he is, growing up having something people are afraid of. I don’t want to give too much away on him. The handsome, irritating man always dressed in black.

 I do want to mention Vhalla’s character development. I think this
is very important. She starts off as this little librarian, who’s afraid of what she has, and blossoms into a young woman who stands up for herself, and what she believes in. I loved everything about her, mainly because I could identify with her. I used to be the same way until I realized I can’t just sit back and let people’s thoughts and beliefs become my own.

Elise Kova created an incredible world, though I do have to admit I did become a little confused on the history of the Solaris Empire, and the NSEW bit’s and where each affinity hailed from. A map would have been nice to be honest, but I feel like in the sequels we will learn a little more.

The secondary characters were alright, though I am a little curious about Larel, and what her relationship to Aldrik was. I need more on her. I was not here for Sareem at all. I had a feeling he was a close-minded person, and even after Vhalla revealed her secret he wanted to ignore it, and move on. Like, NO SIR. YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT IT LIKE PRINCE ALDRIK. I feel like we didn’t get too much on Roan, but I think she may become important later. Baldair, you handsome prince you… KEEP IT MOVING SIR.

I want to end off with saying, I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED any and all interaction between Vhalla and Prince Aldrik. I mean the tension was INCREDIBLE! I started reading at a restaurant before I went to work but I couldn’t put my Nook down and my salad got soggy because I was hooked. Elise literally reels you in pretty quickly, and then she doesn’t let go. AT ALL. On my downtime at work, I finished the last 15 pages, and I was SCREAMING! Such an amazing ending. For the next hour and a half, I was searching online for a box set so I can purchase it in a physical copy. Air Awakens was better than I expected it to be. I was super nervous because the covers are pretty awesome, and I didn’t want the book to be the opposite. And it wasn’t. I suggest this to all who love The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, and even fans of Sarah J. Maas. Even Avatar: The Last Airbender fans, there is a lot of similarity!This was a beautifully written fantasy novel,  that pulls you in and does not let go. I have a feeling it won’t until you get to the final book Crystal Crowned which releases in July.

I want to thank Elise Kova for sending me a copy of this wonderful book to review! To celebrate the release of the final book in the Air Awakens series, she is hosting the Crystal Crowned Tour! Many bloggers will be reviewing this incredible series, and I am honored we were chosen as one of them! There will also be blog tours, which I can’t wait to check out. In my introduction post I mentioned a giveaway event, I look forward to.
 About The Author

Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she’s not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).


Read the complete Air Awakens series on Kindle, iBooks, Kobo, Nook, or in physical formats. Available through most online retailers (links on each individual page):
Air Awakens:
http://elisekova.com/air-awakens-book-one/
Fire Falling: http://elisekova.com/air-awakens-book-2/
Earth's End: http://elisekova.com/book-three/
Water's Wrath: http://elisekova.com/air-awakens-book-four/
Crystal Crowned: http://elisekova.com/air-awak...ens-book-five/


Friday, 10 June 2016

Life Experiences

I was having a conversation with someone about attending book events, and I started thinking about how I started going out more and becoming more social.


Last February, I won screening tickets to the New York City red carpet premier for the film, Fifty Shades of Grey. (Yes, I had a fifty phase.) At first I was SO EXCITED. I mean, the cast would be there- Jamie Dornan *swoons*, Dakota Johnson, Aaron Johnson (Sam Taylor Johnson’s husband, also Quicksilver in the Avengers) would be there, and so many more! I’d also be able to meet up with a Fifty Shades group I follow on Facebook! But it was in New York City, and I live on Long Island (1 ½ train ride). I moved here from Florida YEARS ago, but I had never gone to the city by myself. How would I know where to go? What subway do I take? Why are there so many letters and numbers? Ultimately, I was too afraid to travel by myself and I didn’t go. The next day the Fifty Shades group posted so many photos of the premiere, photos with the cast, and an awesome dinner afterwards. I was so angry with myself for bailing. I didn’t go because I was afraid.

I swear that was the day I decided I wouldn’t let my fear hold me back. There is difference between feeling fear and letting that fear hold you back.

The next month at Ziegfeld Theatre, The Divergent Series: Insurgent premiere was held, and I learned about it in class a few hours before. I left class early, grabbed my Divergent DVD (I was dorming, and my books were at home) and hopped on the next train to NYC. That night I saw Theo James  *doubly swoon* in person, Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller and I ended up getting Veronica Roth’s autograph on my DVD.


(one of the photos I took of VRoth)
     That summer, I met EL James, and went to The Hunger Games Exhibition by myself (on three separate occasions). I met Danielle Paige author of the Dorothy Must Die Series, booktuber Sasha Alsberg, Marie Rutkoski (The Winner's Trilogy), Heather Demetrios, and so many more amazing people. My biggest achievement was staying at a hotel BY MYSELF, in Times Square for Book Riot LIVE, a small booklovers convention held over the weekend! I have even made friends at these events that I keep in contact with still.


     I want to express that I totally understand not everyone has the money to hop on a train and go see an author or celebrity or whoever. For the Insurgent premier, I called my mom, and she deposited a few extra dollars into my account to make sure I had enough. I also understand you may not be old enough to get up and GO. I’ve been independent since I was 16, so I come and go as I please, so I know not everyone is the same. (Actually, I don’t encourage being so independent so young lol). But if you THINK, for one moment you can do something but you’re afraid, TRY. ASK. I say, check out author/ signing events in advance and plan! Maybe talk with your parents and try to work something out. If you are old enough to do these things on your own, please don’t let your fear hold you back. There are so many great life experiences that you’ll miss if you let your fear conquer you. Like I said, plan in advance. Google train routes, and bus schedules, even prices on a taxi or Uber.

    I also want to make it clear that if you have a bad feeling about something, then don’t do it. I’d never tell anyone to ignore their gut instincts.

    This summer I’ve decided to dedicate my time off to going to as many book signings and author events as possible. I don’t want my summer to be just about WORK. I want to have life experiences! I don’t want to go on Twitter and Instagram and see what an amazing time other people had, that I didn’t because I was afraid. My main point for this blog post is: don’t let your fear hold you back from doing something you want to do!

    I really wanted to share this with you all because for some reason, I think it’s very important to get that out there. I wasn’t always so adventurous. Sometimes I’m still afraid to do things by myself. I’m such a nervous nelly, and I always think someone is out to get me but I refuse to let that hold me back! I don't want to look back on something and think "Wow! I should've done that." Anyway, to continue my summer of book touring I will be attending Barnes and Noble National Teen Book Festival BFEST this entire weekend! Can't wait to meet Danielle Paige again, and meet some new readers and make new friends!






Monday, 30 May 2016

Welcome and Giveaway

Hello again!

It has been FOREVER since I've been on this blog, but no matter how many times the rational part of my brain tells me that I just need to stop this, I can't. I love everything that I've done on here and I love all of you guys and I love all of the freebies that are available to you all on here. I know I've been needing to get a co-blogger for ages, but I just haven't had time to actually do a co-blogger sign up post..... Yeah, it's pretty hectic. 

You can imagine my surprise when I stumbled along one of my twitter/instagram friends saying something or other about blogging. Knowing me, I immediately jumped up and offered this blog to her. You'll be seeing a lot more of her than you will be of me (just keeping it real), but I'll be in from time to time when I get the time. So get ready for this blog to be active again and give a big welcome to my new co-blogger, Brittany!

Learn everything about her in the About Us page, and start stalking her on Twitter and Instagram. She's already done two posts and they are fabulous and the blog tour is so exciting because I've been hearing about this series for a while now.

To really welcome Brittany, the wonderful people at Harpercollins Australia have given me a really awesome Flawed by Cecilia Ahern book/swag pack! I've read this book and it is so freaking good you guys. After finishing it, it reminded me of how I felt when I read my first dystopian novel (divergent). I'm seriously craving the next book, and I really hope it comes out soon-ish next year. My mum and I have both read and loved P.S. I Love You and Where Rainbows End (our copies have tear stains in them, but I'm pretty sure this is standard with these books) and have loved every heart breaking minute of them. Review to come!

This giveaway is open to Australian Residents only (sorry everyone)

You can win:
- US Hardcover edition of Flawed by Cecilia Ahern
- Signed AUS paperback of Flawed by Cecilia Ahern
- Signed UK Hardcover of Flawed by Cecilia Ahern
- Flawed Bracelet
- Flawed Poster
- Flawed Brand Sticker

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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Books of Wonder- FANTASTIC TEEN READS


Brittany: On Wednesday, May 25th I had the pleasure of meeting four AMAZING authors as they spoke about their latest tales for the young adult! Roshani Chokshi, Renee Ahdieh, Marie Rutkoski, and Sarah McCarry were in attendance as they gave a brief description on their latest novels, and answered some questions from fans in the crowd!
   Although I did not record every question and answer word for word, I will give you a brief summary about what was discussed. Below are the synopsis for each of the author's  latest novels. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did and decide to check them out!

The event started off with the authors describing their books (which I have provided for you below, courtesy of Good Reads.) We then went straight into questions from the crowd, and each author was able to answer.
1) The author's were asked how they did research for their books:
Roshani: Used a lot of inspiration from her childhood. Her parents used to tell her many stories, and tales so she went back to those stories and drew inspiration from there!
Ahdieh: Wrath and The Dawn is a Persian tale. Ahdieh's husband is Persian, so she got a lot of her information from her parent-in-laws. She even learned how to cook the dishes mentioned in the books, so that the authenticity was there. She also mentioned that she almost burned her kitchen down trying to make Persian rice!
Rutkoski: Marie Rutksoki mentioned she did a lot of research on war tactics, slavery, and she said don't look up abdominal wounds online!
McCarry: Sarah read a lot of books on astronomy, and even attended a space camp/seminar in Wisconsin!
2) I was able to ask if they would consider spin-off's for any of their characters:
Roshani: Is currently writing a spin-off featuring Guari from The Star-Touched Queen!
Ahdieh: Said she is currently working on another book that is not a spin-off. She did stress that it could happen, so NEVER SAY NEVER!
Rutksoki: Loves the world she built, but has no plans for a spin off anytime soon! She did says she thought about a Roshar spinoff, and I'm pretty sure the entire store gasped!
McCarry: Sarah said she would be in interested in writing one, and that she is looking into it!
3) Any tips/advice for aspiring authors

Collectively, they all agreed that as you release your work into the world, you should have a tough skin. Not everyone will enjoy your work, and that is OKAY. It is not always for everybody. Don't let a few negative comments deter you from writing, and releasing your own work!
4) Other notable comments/thoughts
-Marie Rutkoski wrote "The Winner's Curse" originally as a STANDALONE! She only continued on with the sequels when she realized that her fans would probably riot over that ending! Lol! Marie has to be the most chillest, laid-back author I have ever had the pleasure of meeting! I had four books, and she signed them all, and after apologizing for having so many she just said "This is what I am here for! I'm just glad you all showed up!". She was incredibly sweet, and soft-spoken, and on behalf of all of her fans, I thanked her for giving us such an incredible ending with Arin and Kestrel's world!
As well, she read about the economic term "Winner's Curse" and decided that she wanted to write about a young woman that would "buy" something, and ultimately end up losing in the long run (in this case, her heart.)
-Renee Ahdieh is working on another book outside of the world of The Wrath and The Dawn! She's also really close friends with Sabaa Tahir, the author of An Ember in the Ashes. The last question asked of the authors were for book recommendations, and when Renee said AEITA (An Ember in the Ashes) by Sabaa Tahir, I practically screamed since it is my favorite book. She also mentioned that she was interested in the Arabian Nights tales, because we know Shahrzad and the Khaliph have a happy ending, but she saw no redemption from him! He was still a mass murderer in the end, and she really wanted to play with that. This was one of her inspirations to write The Wrath and The Dawn.
-Roshani Chokshi told us a little about those hindu tales, and other retellings that inspired The Star-Touched Queen, and a little about herself. I honestly can't wait for Guari's story! She even remembered a post on my Instagram page where I mentioned finishing TSTQ 20 minutes before my dance show started! It was THAT amazing!
Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to speak to Sarah McCarry as it was getting late, and I had to catch the train back home but I have heard nothing but great things about her books. There is also a lot of LGBQT representation in her books, and I strongly suggest taking a peek at them! Representation is important!
Well, I hope you enjoyed my brief account of meeting these incredible, incredible authors. Not many questions were asked (probably because we were in a rush to speak to them one-on-one!) If you haven't checked them out, I STRONGLY suggest that you do. Their latest novels are all well-written, and very inspiring! Let us know in the comments section if you have read any of them, and what you think about them!


Synopsis on each authors latest books!
The Star- Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
                       Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.
                
The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski                
Some kisses come at a price.

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?

The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.
About a Girl by Sarah McCarry
Eighteen-year-old Tally is absolutely sure of everything: her genius, the love of her adoptive family, the loyalty of her best friend, Shane, and her future career as a Nobel prize-winning astronomer. There's no room in her tidy world for heartbreak or uncertainty—or the charismatic, troubled mother who abandoned her soon after she was born.

But when a sudden discovery upends her fiercely ordered world, Tally sets out on an unexpected quest to seek out the reclusive musician who may hold the key to her past—and instead finds Maddy, an enigmatic and beautiful girl who will unlock the door to her future. The deeper she falls in love with Maddy, the more Tally begins to realize that the universe is bigger—and more complicated—than she ever imagined. Can Tally face the truth about her family—and find her way home in time to save herself from its consequences?

Saturday, 28 May 2016

The Crystal Tour

                                                                                           


Brittany: I am so excited and honored to announce that Behind the Pages has been selected as a reviewer for Air Awakens by Elise Kova! On July 12th, the conclusion to the Air Awakens Series will be released, “Crystal Crowned.” To celebrate the release, we will be reviewing the first book that started this incredible saga! I am incredibly eager to start this series as I have heard nothing but positive reviews. Within the next two weeks I will have a review post up. Until then, below is some information about the Online Release Party, a synopsis of the Air Awakens Series, and Elise Kova! I can’t wait to start this and share it with you all!




There will be an online release party to celebrate the release party of Crystal Crowned, as well the end of Air Awakens. There will also be guest authors, and chances to win some awesome prizes!

Schedule on July 12:
7:00-7:20 - Elise Kova
7:20-7:40 - Michelle Madow (ELEMENTALS)
7:40-8:00 - Susan Dennard (TRUTHWITCH)
8:00-8:20 - Rachel E. Carter (THE BLACK MAGE)
8:20-8:40 - Leia Stone (HIVE TRILOGY)
8:40-9:00 - C.M. Lucas (MIST & WHISPERS)
9:00-9:20 - Laura Thalassa (THE QUEEN OF ALL THAT DIES

9:20-9:40 - Danielle L. Jensen (THE MALEDICTION TRILOGY)
9:40-10:00 - Wrap Up & Final Giveaways

 AIR AWAKENS BY ELISE KOVA


A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond...



The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.   

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she’s not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).
Read the complete Air Awakens series on Kindle, iBooks, Kobo, Nook, or in physical formats. Available through most online retailers (links on each individual page):
Air Awakens:
http://elisekova.com/air-awakens-book-one/
Fire Falling: http://elisekova.com/air-awakens-book-2/
Earth's End: http://elisekova.com/book-three/
Water's Wrath: http://elisekova.com/air-awakens-book-four/
Crystal Crowned: http://elisekova.com/air-awak...ens-book-five/




Wednesday, 17 February 2016

ARC Review: Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Firstlife (Everlife #1)
Behind 480 Pages
Released: 1 March 2016
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Pre-Order: Amazon  |  Angus and Robertson Bookworld  |  Booktopia  |  Book Depository  |  Fishpond
At the Other End:
Step one...you die.

ONE CHOICE.
TWO REALMS.
NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley "Ten" Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live — after she dies. There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, long-time enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms that will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she's drawn to isn't where the boy she's falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…