Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

“I teach you to be warriors in the garden so you will never be gardeners in the war.” 

I don’t know from where exactly should begin this review! This book overwhelmed to a stunned-in-silence point and I don’t think I’ll even do it justice with my words; I’ll try tho. But let’s just say that If you’ve had even a 1% of a smudge of doubt in your heart towards picking up that book, crush it! Pick up this book because believe me when I say that this is a unique high-fantasy novel, a one time adventure that you won’t get to find elsewhere.

Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, March 6th 2018, Hardcover, ISBN: 9781250170972

Children of Blood and Bone follows the story of Zélie Adebola. A young girl who still remembers the thrumming of magic, she remembers a time when it flew with all its beauty and power; up to the day it all started to fall apart and magic vanished like a light-bulb suddenly going dark. Before it went away, Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But it all changed that night, following the order of a ruthless king, Maji were turned to a target, murdered and executed brutally in front of their families to make an example on the streets of Orïsha, to nurture fear in the hearts of those who lived alongside them, to enforce obedience. That night, left Zélie without a mother to hold and her people with despair.
Presented with a chance to fix it all, Zélie finds herself on a path to bring back the hope lost ages ago to her people.


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In the book-mail !

On Tuesday 10.04.2018, I unwrapped the best bookmail in a while! I received two parcels and they had books inside I’m super excited to start reading.

First packaged was from Penguin Random House UK, it had: Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher.

Thank you Penguin Books UK for my copy; 31st May 2018, ISBN: 9780718184131

Against all odds, she survived. The first girl born in fifty years. They called her Eve. 

All her life, Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept from the truth of her past. But at sixteen, it’s time for Eve to face her destiny. Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of humanity is in her hands. She’s always accepted her fate. Until she meets Bram. Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom. But how do you choose between love and the future of the human race?

Now, that is super interesting ! It sounds like there’ll be lots of sci-fi stuff and maybe a bit of Dystopia? It’s been such a long time since I picked up these type of stories and I gotta say I’m excited to do that.

The second package was from Penguin Random House International and it had three of my most anticipated releases inside – didn’t you hear me screaming from where you are around the world?

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

HOLY MOTHER I FANGIRLED SO HARD WHEN I OPENED THE PACKAGE AND FOUND THIS GLORIOUS COPY INSIDE!

It’s been two long years of wait – or is it more? – and agony especially after A Torch Against the Night has completely ripped out my heart. I needed to know what happens to all the characters asap and now, I’m merely pages away from that.

Thank you Penguin Random House International for my advance copy, A Torch Against the Night, Sabaa Tahir, Razorbill, 12th June 2018, ISBN: 9780448494500

Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance. Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight. And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion–even at the cost of his humanity.

I’m shaking with excitement, anticipation and scared of what will unravel to me with this book. God, help us!

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh

Well, considering the fact that I got completely and madly in love with Flame in the Mist, I’m super excited to continue on with Mariko’s story in the second and last book in the duology. I can’t wait to know how the story continues, and I surely cannot wait to dive back right into the Japanese world and culture. It was so good, and I expect this to be even more astonishing.

Thank you Penguin Random House International for my advance copy, Smoke in the Sun, Renee Ahdieh, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 5th June 2018, ISBN: 9781524738143

After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice–to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead. With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.

Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

Who doesn’t like pirates? I mean, it’s impossible to resist such a novel. This book sounds to be thrilling with lots of action going down, heist, and badass adventures. Just what I need. This debut fantasy, YA – lgbt – novel is one that is highly anticipated for many and I’m excited to read and see all the pirates adventures.

Thank you Penguin Random House International for my advance copy, Seafire, Natalie C. Parker, Razorbill, 28th August 2018, ISBN: 9780451478801

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet. But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

“In what world do men and women pay the same price for passion?”

It’s been such a long time since I picked up a debut fantasy novel and was mind-blown as City of Brass did me. You don’t find a lot of books about Egyptians, their mythologies and the history of Arabs; the things that this book did to my Muslim heart are a starlight of explosion. This book was like I was immediately transported into the tales of Aladdin and the lamp, a journey through the Arabian Nights and oh boy, it was so damn good.

On the streets of Cairo, during the 18th century, Nahri doesn’t believe in magic; ignoring the powers she obviously have. She’s a con woman with unequaled talents and she’s well aware that what she practices on the streets of Cairo to survive – palm readings, zars, healings – are tricks, illusions and statement to the slight of her hands.

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My first steps into Poetry reading !

poetry

ˈpəʊɪtri/

noun

 literary work in which the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature.

I started reading Poetry and I’m loving it.

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a d i a r y of quotes #7

“Like all Herondales, his ability to love without measure, without end, was both his great gift and his great curse.” – The Lost Herondale

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When it comes to family, love is an endless field. You come to the world and they’re the first things you open your eyes to; the first smiles you see, the first laughs that rings in your ears, the first warm looks that falls open you and the very first hearts that wrap themselves around you and love you unconditionally.

“Herondales.” Zachariah’s voice was a breath, half laughter, half pain. “I had almost forgotten. No other family does so much for love, or feels so much guilt for it. Don’t carry the weight of the world on you, Jace. It’s too heavy for even a Herondale to bear.”  – City of Heavenly Fire

Family is love, in all its forms. You fight, argue, scream at each-other, disagree – a lot, grow up into different personalities. Yet, the minute a stranger would step one single step towards hurting one of you, you grow claws and sharp teeth and you attack with all the love you hold dear in your heart for your family.

In books it’s rare to meet an entire family with which you fall in love – the Herondales are one of those most beautiful rare occasions. The wholehearted love, passion and loyalty they harbor for one another, the mix of characters and personalities yet the never ending strength of that herondale bond that links them all. We already met a few Herondales along Cassandra Clare’s books and the best is yet to come I’m sure with the upcoming releases and I cannot wait to fall more deep in love with this beautiful line of humans.

“The Herondales are a rather infamous line, as you probably know. Many of them heroes, some of them traitors, so many of them brash, wild creatures consumed by their passions, whether it be love or hate.”  – The Lost Herondale

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

“Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged.”

The minute I turn the page on the last line of the book, a feeling of loss hit me so hard and it’s something that hasn’t rumbled in my soul since back in 2007 when Deathly Hallows ended. Yes, that’s how much these books mean to me; they’re right up there with Harry Potter in my heart.

A fantastic conclusion to the mind-blowing series. For a year, I couldn’t bring myself to write down my thoughts on it because it truly hit as a goodbye. I kept it bottled up near my heart, cherishing it, loving it more, up until I picked it up for a second time and something unraveled; I need to talk about how grand this conclusion is.

“It’s a rare person to face who they are and not run from it – not be broken by it.” 

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The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk – BLOG TOUR !

We all nod. We all get it. There’s no way to measure grief.

I’d like to Thank Penguin Random House international for my advance reader copy – thank you awesome people for bringing this book into my life. Also, thank you for including me in this awesome blog tour celebrating the release of this book.

Release Date: March 6th 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780525578284
Rating: ★★★★★

This book spoke to the deepest, hidden parts of my soul. I loved every word, and the way the story flowed and wrapped itself around made putting down the book impossible.

The Beauty that Remains is Ashley’s debut novel – something that shocked me, in of course a good way because damn she’s good with her words, it was so easy to relate to every single thing she tackled in the story. And of course, it’s good to say that I cried in the first 10 pages – a record !

Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death wants to tear them apart.

The story is told from the point of view of our three main characters; AutumnShay and Logan. 

Autumn is the talented artist and the most loyal friend there is. Shay lived her life defined by her strong bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her undying love for music. And Logan, well he always run away towards music, he turned his little less than perfect love life into the most brilliant, heart-breaking love songs.

Tragedy strikes all three and we go through each’s experience with grief. Music is no longer enough; Shay is struggling to keep together and keep blogging about music. Autumn is always writing emails, messages that she knows will never get answered. And Logan is stuck with guilt and non-stop watching of vlogs his dead ex-boyfriend created.

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”

I truly lost count of how many times I looked at this book and smiled. Every morning, every night, I look at my shelves and see it standing there, tall, big and proud amongst all my other books and I smile. I smile because this book makes my soul sour, it makes my heart smile and it pours happiness into me like no other book has managed to do in quite a while. It’s been 2 years now since it was first released, I read it 8 times – no skimming and no skipping whatsoever – and I still fall hard for it every single time.

I had zero doubts that this might have the second-book-in-a-series syndrome, but I was a bit worried nonetheless and thankfully it beat up all that to hell and back. Emotional, frustrating, intense, steamy *oh boy, oh boy*, mind screwing, romantic and freaking soul shattering. This book was the earthquake to my existence and I’m more than delighted it hit me full force.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.” 

Reread, after reread, my perspective of this book has changed drastically but my love for it and how much I’ve enjoyed is yet the same. I thought it’s about time, I write a full proper review for this book, since I could discuss my masters in the story by this point.

This series came to me just when I thought that Sarah J. Maas’ books couldn’t get any better. I was proved to be so incredibly wrong after the first few pages because holy awesomeness, she nailed it. With her words, Maas swept us off our feet into this new, monumental world.

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Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

The City of Sin is painted white so that the filth can stain. The City of Sin, a guidebook: Where to Go and Where Not To.

Thanks a million for Harlequin Teen for the advance reader e-copy of this awesome book !! Mark your calendar readers because this hit shelves on April 10th, 2018. YOU CANNOT MISS IT!

Imagine if Six of Crows and A Darker Shade of Magic had little babies — Oh boy !!

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Ace of Shades – the first in the Shadow Game series – is everything I didn’t know to possibly exist in the same story. Quite unlike anything I’ve read before – and this is saying something – the story is very interesting, enjoyable and such an exquisite experience. I enjoyed reading it a lot; even tho I was reading an e-copy – something I almost never enjoy – I couldn’t leave the book, I couldn’t stop reading and i most definitely couldn’t stop from falling in love with every single detail.

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

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