Checkmate Boxed Set Cover Reveal!

Today is the day! It’s FINALLY HERE. If you are like me, and you have been ravenously reading the Checkmate series, but haven’t snagged a physical copy. NOW is the perfect time. The first two fabulous books in the series are now available for preorder as a box set. Keep reading below for the absolutely delight that is the cover reveal and snyposis!
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Top 5 Wednesday: Beware the Ides of March!

Beware the Ides of March! What books (or characters) did you feel betrayed by, for whatever reason…big or small. This topic gives me so many intense feels. I have a lot of books with their crazy characters and even crazier endings that make this list. These are the 5 I felt worth sharing.

This blogging meme was created by YouTuber Lainey  and is now operated from her GoodReads group.

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Top 5 Wednesday: SciFi & Fantasy Reads

Congrats to all nominated in the BooktubeSFF Awards! Science Fiction and Fantasy are my home genre. These are the books where I fell in love with reading and the pure magic of an all encompassing story. Keep reading to check out my favourite SciFi and Fantasy books of all time!

This blogging meme was created by YouTuber Lainey  and is now operated from her GoodReads group. 

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Book Review: The Daughter of the Pirate King

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller 5/5 stars 

Daughter of the Pirate King is a MUST READ for 2017. I was so excited when I received this ARC for review. I love a good pirate adventure and one with a female lead is even better. Stand aside Elizabeth Swan! Debut author Tricia Levenseller weaves a magical tale with swash-buckling pirates, the search for a map and one very kick ass heroine. I could not put this book. This is a stay-up-late, just-one-more-chapter, read-until-the-other-side-of-midnight book.

As any parent to young children knows, sleep as is a precious commodity. Those sacrificed hours  of sleep were absolutely worth it.

It is not your average ya novel staring yet another fiesty heroine. Captain Alosa Kalligan wields her own brand of sass like a weapon while looking like an angel in disguise. She is every bit brave, smart and capable as I would expect from a Captain of her own ship. I absolutely love that even when in distress, this damsel does not need saving. Add in her loyal and kick ass crew with hints of magic and you have a pirate tale sure to set your imagination ablaze! 

Each part of this tale is woven through so beautifully. I cannot wait for the next installment in this series. Thank you so much NetGalley and Feiwel & Friends for a copy of this ARC. I am eagerly awaiting February 28 so I can finally have a copy of this book in my hands. I implore you my lovely readers, place your pre-orders now! You do not want to miss out on this amazing adventure. 

 

SYNOPSIS: If you want something done right . . .

When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there’s only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who’s going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it’s down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?

 

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Book Review: Gilded Cage

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts) by Vic James 5/5 stars (Available Feb 14 2017)

This is not your cozy winter read. It is dark, brooding and at times down right chilling. This is a futuristic tale filled with as much magic as science. Gilded Cage takes place in an alternate version of our current world. We have regular humans who make up most of the population. Then there are the skilled, who preside over all and rule England, called The Equals.  All non-skilled are required to spend ten years of their lives as slaves. We follow the fate of the Hadley family as they are sent to serve one of England’s oldest aristocratic families, The Jardines.

This story is filled with political intruigue. There is no limit to what the ruling families will go through to achieve what they want. Political alliances are arranged through marriage, death and chaos. The ruling families are playing a dangerous game and it’s only a matter of time before resistance changes the rules.  

I love that each part of the tale is told from multiple character’s view points. I really love the adventure in the slave quarter’s where Luke is sent. He changes so much from being a regular boy to someone so much more. I honestly wasn’t as thrilled with Abi, for all her knowledge and ideals, she really struggles to accept the truth what comes later on in the story. I really hope to see Abi find her inner fire and strength that I know she has in the next book. Of course, of all the Equals I encounter in this book, I am most intrigued with Silyen and his ultimate master plan. I cannot, for the life of me, figure him out or what his end goal might be. Bring on Tarnished City!

 

Until then I leave you with this synopsis and links to the book and author! Happy reading!

 

 

SYNOPSIS: Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

 

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