Thursday, December 14, 2017

Book Review: The Winter King

Title: The Winter King (Weathermages of Mystral #1)
Author: C.L. Wilson
Genre: New Adult | Fantasy | Romance | Adventure | Magic
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: July 29, 2014
Source: Library
Format: Physical

After three long years of war, starkly handsome Wynter Atrialan will have his vengeance on Summerlea's king by taking one of the man's beautiful, beloved daughters as his bride. But though peace is finally at hand, Wynter's battle with the Ice Heart, the dread power he embraced to avenge his brother's death, rages on.
Khamsin Coruscate, Princess of Summerlea and summoner of Storms, has spent her life exiled to the shadows of her father's palace. Reviled by her father, marriage to Wintercraig's icy king was supposed to be a terrible punishment, but instead offers Kham her first taste of freedom—and her first taste of overwhelming passion.
As fierce, indomitable Wynter weathers even Khamsin's wildest storms, surprising her with a tenderness she never expected, Kham wants more than Wynter's passion—she yearns for his love. But the power of the Ice Heart is growing, dangerous forces are gathering, and a devastating betrayal puts Khamsin and Wynter to the ultimate test (goodreads)

Pay no mind to the cover.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday [#126]

Title: The Queen's Rising
Author: Rebecca Ross
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 6, 2018

When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.
Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.
Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.
With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen (goodreads)?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

First Thoughts [#148]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read.

Monday, December 11, 2017

How do you find new book bloggers?

If you're like me, you always want to expand your circle: find new blogs to follow and bloggers to talk about books with. But sometimes it can be hard, we get stuck in our current circle of bloggers and don't have time to blog hop. Even if you did have time to blog hop, where would you start? Today, I'd like to share some of my tips to find new bloggers and I would love to hear how you all do it!
Friday, December 8, 2017

Book Review: Daughter of Deep Silence

Title: Daughter of Deep Silence
Author: Carrie Ryan
Genre: Young Adult | Thriller
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover

I’m the daughter of murdered parents.
I’m the friend of a dead girl.I’m the lover of my enemy.And I will have my revenge. In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process. Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose (goodreads).


Daughter of Deep Silence was missing intrigue. 
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Book Review: The City of Brass

Title: The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1)
Author: S.A. Chakraborty
Genre: New Adult | Historical Fantasy | Mythology
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: November 14, 2017
Source: Publisher
Format: e-ARC

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles. 
But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass?a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. 
In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. 
After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . . (goodreads)

I want more of this, and I want it now. 
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Amber Reads Her Shelves: December 2017

Amber Reads Her Shelves is my attempt to actually read the books I have. Every month I will choose 3 books that have been on my shelves for at least 6 months. Voting will be open until December 19.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

First Thoughts [#147]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read.

Monday, December 4, 2017
Friday, December 1, 2017

Book Review: Eliza and Her Monsters

Title: Eliza and Her Monsters
Author: Francesca Zappia
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Source: Library
Format: Physical

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.
Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.
But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart (goodreads).

Eliza and Her Monsters spoke to 16-year-old Amber so hard.