Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Book Blitz: Recreated by Colleen Houck

   Hello and welcome to the Recreated by Colleen Houck Book Blitz, hosted by Jean Book Nerd! I've been a huge fan of Colleen since I picked up the Tiger's Series roughly four years ago, Recreated was also one of my most anticipated books of the year. You bet your butt that I went to the bookstore the minute I could, to pick up myself a copy. 

   I promise you that this series is not one to miss, so check out the online links for the book below. Don't forget to check out the AMAZING giveaway while you're at it!

Recreated by Colleen Houck

Release Date: August 2nd, 2016 
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Series: Reawakened, #2
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages

Description from GoodReads:

   Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened sun prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. 

   When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity. 

   Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering. 

   For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She will do whatever it takes. 

   New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests
include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

- 4 Winners will receive a Signed Copy of RECREATED by Colleen Houck.
- 5 Winners will receive Reawakened chapter samplers and Recreated Bookmarks. 
- 10-15 Minutes Skype Session
-International, must be 13+ to enter

   Thank you so much for checking out the book blitz, hopefully after today you've decided to pick up a copy! I promise you won't regret it!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Book Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: February 9th, 2016
Read: September 5th-11th, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Red Queen, #2
Format: Signed Hardcover, 444 pages
Source: Bought

Description from GoodReads:

   If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

   Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. 

   The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

   Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. 

   But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. 

   Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?


   We can't choose who we love.
   I dove into Glass Sword the minute I was done Red Queen, having bought both of the hardcovers at the same time, I guess I knew that I was going to blow through the first one. Unfortunately Glass Sword didn't hold my interest as much as Red Queen did.
   Mare was my biggest problem with the book, she felt like a whiny little baby throughout the whole book, always depending on her brother for support or backup with everything because she messed something up. I just couldn't be interested with her character in this one.
   The book itself was a slower pace than the first one was, things felt dragged on, it all felt so predictable. Then there was the same feeling that I had with the first book, the feeling that I'd read it before. Unlike Red Queen, I found Glass Sword to be more Mockingjay instead of The Selection like I had thought with the first book.
   In the end there was some build up for the third book, as well as an interesting cliffhanger. So perhaps I'll still pick up the next book in the series, King's Cage, sometime in the future.

P.S. (This contains spoilers),
   Honestly, the minute Aveyard mentioned that Farley was sick for going to roughly 2 weeks, and Shade always following her around like a lost puppy, I knew that she was pregnant. Then with even more indications throughout the book practically confirming it, I'd actually be very disappointed if it doesn't happen at this point.


Favourite Quote:

"No one is born evil, just like no one is born alone. They become that way, through choice and circumstance.”

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:

Young Adult, Fantasy,Science Fiction, Dystopian, Magic, Rebellion, War

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ohana Talks: MYRCA

   Last October, I went to the Round Table Dinner with MYRCA, where we celebrated David Carroll' winning of the 2015 MYRCA award. That was the beginning of my dabbling with MYRCA. 

   April of this past year, I was asked to join the committee. After sending in my application, I was accepted! So today, I wanted to go a little more in depth about the committee for you all, since it just started back up for the year!

   MYRCA (Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award), was founded in 1990 when the Manitoba School Library Association decided to create an unique way to make a positive impact on young readers!

   Each year, MYRCA takes into consideration all English Canadian books that are published within that year, and if they suitable for our audience of 10-14 year olds. Then when 15-18 books are deemed suitable for the award (by the committee, all of which have ties to the book community), we leave the deciding to the kids in the grades 5-8. After reading a minimum of 3 nominees each, the children get to vote for what book they'd like to win the award. 

   Then each Fall, an Award Ceremony is held for the author of the book that won for the year. The author is awarded $1000, and is invited to Winnipeg for the ceremony. Two honour books are also selected, and are awarded plaques with the cover of the books. Unfortunately the ceremony is by invite only, and only to youth that have voted. 

   Last year David Carroll won the MYRCA award for Ultra, this year the award is being given to Kenneth Oppel for his novel, The Boundless. The award ceremony is to be held this month on the 30th of September! 

   If you weren't invited to this years ceremony and would still like to meet Kenneth, don't sweat! Kenneth will also be having a signing for his upcoming YA novel, Every Hidden Thing, set to release September 20th, 2016.

   The signing will be held at McNally Robinson, at 7pm on September 29th. 

Interested in reading the 2017 MYRCA nominees? 

   Are you in grades 5-8 and are interested in reading some of the books and voting for MYRCA 2017? Voting starts March 20th, 2017! When you're ready to vote, ask your teacher to help or go online with a parent, teacher or guardian to vote! 

   Check out our website for more info! (Link to site)

   Canadian Authors, does this sound like something you'd be interested in, and you have a book releasing in 2016? Get your publisher to check this link out! (Link)

   And that's MYRCA! Sounds pretty amazing right? I'm super excited to be apart of the team, I can't wait to see what the rest of the year is going to be like!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Blog Tour: A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

   Hello and welcome to the A Shadow Bright and Burning Blog Tour! Today I have for you a giveaway and a review of the book from myself! I can't wait to introduce you to the world of the Kingdom of Fire!

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

Release Date: September 20th, 2016
Read: August 25th-29th, 2016
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Series: Kingdom on Fire, #1
Format: ARC, 416 pages
Source: BEA 2016

Description from GoodReads;

I am Henrietta Howel.
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.
The prophesied one.
Or am I?

   Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.
   Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's shocked when instead of being executed, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers.

   Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

   But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one. 
   As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?


   Some monsters wear human faces.
   I won't lie to you, it wasn't until I checked my sister's list of books to pick up at BEA 2016 for her, that I first heard about A Shadow Bright and Burning. I honestly had not idea what the book was even about, until on the last day of the expo when I found a huge pile of leftover ones, when I grabbed one.  After that, I was continuously hearing about the book everywhere, from blogger friends, to different anticipated lists everywhere, I knew from there that A Shadow Bright and Burning was going to be something to be excited about.
   The weekend I first picked up the book, was a hectic one, but I still managed to get a bunch of reading done. This was mostly do to the amazing beginning of the book. Cluess had you hooked from the very first pages, from those first few pages, you were already on the edge of your seat. In a world where witches are the enemy, you're sort of bound to be on edge most of the time, especially when you are one, right?
   Instead of just having your average witch, A Shadow Bright and Burning has a whole lot of different mystically beings, from witches to magicians, to sorcerers. Even the bad guys were a new thing entirely, they were definitely a treat for people who really enjoy witch books, like myself. The descriptions of them all were horrifically disgusting, I loved it. Cluess was definitely not afraid of not holding anything in.
   My favourite thing about A Shadow Bright and Burning was that instead of making the main character something amazingly special, like most YA books with prophecies, she wasn't actually the prophesied one. She just happened to be in the wrong place and the wrong time. This new take was something I'd love to see more of.
   A Shadow Bright and Burning was one of the best books I've read in a while, it had me hooked from the beginning, and held me captivated throughout the whole way. I adored the book, and can not wait to pre-order it's sequel.


Favourite Quote:

   "The brighter it burns, the more it devours."

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:

Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, Witches, Wizards, Sorcerers, Magicians, Darkness

Jessica Cluess is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories.

3 winners will receive a signed copy of A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING
US Only.

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   A huge thank you for stopping by my stop on the tour! I can't wait for the world to read A Shadow Bright and Shadow Burning, and I hope you now feel the same way!

Week One:

9/15/2016- Ohana Reads

Week Two: