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What I’m Reading (18)

Hey all, Dani here.

We are seriously already about halfway through June. This feels like the fastest year I can remember experiencing. I hope you all have been reading some awesome books this year, because I certainly have. In fact, I am looking forward to sharing my top ten reads from January to June with you all very soon.

Before I jump into the actual content of today’s post, first I have to talk about a book cover I saw earlier today. Honestly, I don’t know how I missed this stunningly gorgeous cover, especially since it is a book I am very much anticipating, but now that I have seen it, I am so very excited to have it in my hands. Okay, so they had a cover for the ARCs of the second book and they ended up changing it a tiny bit before the official release, mostly the coloring. So that might happen again, but no matter what, I think the cover is beautiful and I definitely needed to take this minute to gush about it. The book I’m talking about is The Shadow Glass by Rin Chupeco.

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Do you see why I am drooling over the cover? It perfectly goes alongside the other two books in the series, and I already know the story within will definitely live up to the wonderful cover. I’m excited to see where the story goes, though I’m pretty sure I have to wait until 2019 for this book.

So…I have been a bad little reader the past week. I’ve only managed to read something like 100 pages. Because, see, I’ll be honest…my fiance and I downloaded game emulators on our phones so we could play Gameboy Advanced versions of Pokemon. I’ve been playing that quite a bit lately, and it has been fun. But I feel a little guilty for ignoring my TBR, especially with all the great books I keep hearing about and want to get to soon.

But I have read about another 100 pages in Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, and I am really enjoying the story, so I’m hoping to keep going and finish that book soon. I also need to finish reading The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara so I can get a review up for it soon.

Okay, so that means that all I have left to discuss is what I’m hoping to read next. I think I am feeling like I want to read a science fiction story, so I’m probably going to pick up one of my Pride month TBR books, but then I’m also sort of in a swashbuckling adventure type mood, and I just bought this fantasy book that is inspired by The Three Musketeers, so it should be arriving to my apartment on Saturday or possibly Monday. With any luck I’ll fly through the rest of my current reads and then get through A Closed and Common Orbit so I can dive into The Traitor’s Blade as soon as I get it.

Oh, I guess I should just go ahead and bookend this post with another announcement, since I started this with that lovely cover reveal. I have been talking with my fiance, and he may be starting to write up some posts for this blog as well. Most of his will likely be manga reviews, but there could be some other content as well. He’s still trying to figure out his rating system and review style, so it might be a little bit before his posts start showing up, but I’m excited to have him join me here on the blog.

And that is all for today. Let me know in the comments if you are reading anything awesome, because I’m always looking to add to my TBR.

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Review: Final Draft by Riley Redgate

Hey all, Dani here.

Okay, so first off, Happy Pride Month! Also, Happy GLBT Book Month. I try to read diversely through the year, but there are some months where I try to highlight those reads a bit more than other months. This is one of those months.

Also, it has been a little while since I last posted an ARC review on here. So, I should of course give a big thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me early access to this book. As always, I need to state that receiving a digital galley did not influence my rating or review at all.

Now that the disclaimers are out of the way, let’s jump into the review, shall we?

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Summary

The only sort of risk 18-year-old Laila Piedra enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic sci-fi worlds full of quests, forbidden love, and robots. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before her graduation, he’s suddenly replaced—by Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist who is sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed.
 
At first, Nazarenko’s eccentric assignments seem absurd. But before long, Laila grows obsessed with gaining the woman’s approval. Soon Laila is pushing herself far from her comfort zone, discovering the psychedelic highs and perilous lows of nightlife, temporary flings, and instability. Dr. Nazarenko has led Laila to believe that she must choose between perfection and sanity—but rejecting her all-powerful mentor may be the only way for Laila to thrive.

My Thoughts

Rating: 4 stars

As a reader and a writer, the concept of this book definitely intrigued me. Plus, I read Noteworthy by Redgate last year and enjoyed it, so I was excited to read another of her novels.

I related to Laila pretty easily in the beginning. She had a group of friends, the typical relationship with her parents and her sister, and she had a teacher/mentor who greatly supported her and her writing endeavors.

Then comes the incident that leads to her teacher no longer being able to teach, and he is replaced by an award winning novelist who–honestly–doesn’t have any clue how to really teach. This is where I started to dislike the book, but not through any fault of the author. I didn’t like the spiral that Laila falls into as she tries to impress her new mentor. She pushes away her friends and gets so wrapped up in trying to perfect her writing that she starts to lose herself.

Now, for where this books fits in to GLBT Book Month. It is not really a main focus or in the spotlight, but Laila does for a time pursue a relationship with one of her best friends, who just happens to be a female. And actually, I liked that it was just something that happened more in the background to the writing obsession. It normalizes the relationship, which is excellent, because there is nothing odd about any romantic relationship options.

So, pretty much, my lowering of the rating for this book is because Laila’s unhealthy spiral into overly obsessed writing and editing. I thought it was well written and executed, but it also made it a little more difficult for me to enjoy reading the book. I had to set this one aside a few times before I was finally able to finish it.

Where to Buy

You can pre-order this book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore. It will be released very soon, on June 12th.

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May Wrap Up and June TBR

 

Hey all, Dani here.

Just one more month until I’m releasing my top ten reads of 2018 (so far) post. Wow, we are seriously almost halfway through the year. It has been a pretty darn good year so far, both in terms of books read and released and in the goings on of life.

If I’m being truthful, for at least half of the month I thought that I would not have a very good reading month, because I wasn’t completing a lot of books. But I started to hit my stride there at the end and I think it really helped. I may not have done as well as I did in May 2017 (31 books in 31 days), but I still did really good.

So let’s jump into the wrap up portion of this post.

The Ancient Magus’ Bride Vol 2 by Kame Yamazaki (5 stars)

The Ancient Magus’ Bride Vol 3 by Kame Yamazaki (5 stars)

Ship It! by Britta Lundin (3.5 stars) — review coming June 8th

Final Draft by Riley Redgate (4 stars) — review coming June 5th

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol 4 by Kame Yamazaki (5 stars)

One-Punch Man, Vol 4 by ONE (5 stars)

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (4 stars)

Blue Exorcist, Vol 1 by Kazue Kato (5 stars)

Blue Exorcist, Vol 2 by Kazue Kato (5 stars)

The Fandom by Anna Day (4 stars)

The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde (5 stars) — review coming June 12

Furyborn by Claire Legrand (5 stars) — review coming June 15

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (5 stars) — review coming June 19

And now it is time for the book haul and OwlCrate unboxing portion of this post. Considering I started with a book haul at the very beginning of the month, I ended up getting quite a few books this time around, but you know what, it is okay, because I also did a pretty decent unhaul this month as well.

As for the Owlcrate this month, it came with two books, so that is pretty darn exciting. I have already read Sky in the Deep and I absolutely loved it. The wall hanging and the print of Inej are both fantastic, and I’m really looking forward to relaxing in the tub with the bath bomb. And I think I know what book will be in June’s box, so I’m excited to get it as well.

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Finally, it is time to announce my TBR for the month. Now, just as a heads up, June is GLBT Book Month. I have participated in it for the last couple of years, so I’m still going to try and do my best with it this year. I’ll be trying to read some books with characters across the LGBTQIAP+ community, and also posting up reviews for them (which is why my reviews for a few books weren’t posted this month). So, if you have any LGBTQIAP+ books to recommend, let me know in the comments. I have a recommendations post here as well, in case you are looking for some book recs.

And I do believe that is all for this post. Thank you so much to everyone who has followed my blog and/or left comments on posts. I try to like or respond back to all of my comments at the very least. I wish I had the time to go and keep up with all of your blogs in return. I know last year I spent pretty much 1-2 hours each day (Monday thru Friday) reading and commenting on other blogs. Last year I worked in a position that gave me that extra time, but my position this year just leaves me feeling physically drained by the end of the day, so I haven’t been able to focus as much on being super active in the book blogging community. I’m just waiting until I can get one of my backup jobs to become a permanent one…or you know, to find a job in a library. That would definitely work as well.

All right, well I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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Most Anticipated Releases Summer 2018

Hey all, Dani here.

I can’t believe it is already time to talk about the books I am really excited for this summer. I feel like I just wrote up the spring post and yet, here we are. As per the usual, these posts are set up to cover a particular season, and this one will go through the books in the months of June, July, and August, that I am highly anticipating the release of.

Now, I will just go ahead and say this…the book release schedule I keep in my blogging notebook has several more books than I will talk about here. This is because some of them are sequels to books I haven’t read. I am still excited about them, but they aren’t books that I’ll be trying to read pretty much as soon as they’re released. This post is for the ones that I need to get my grabby little hands on so I can read them.

Honestly, this season includes my #1 most anticipated book release of the year. And I try not to rank books, but it is the sequel of my absolute favorite book from last year, and I would love to have this particular book in my hands right now. I have a signed ARC of the first book from BookExpo last year, and I bought a first edition hardcover on release day as well.

Okay, let’s just get this party started.

First up, let’s talk about the month of June.

Release Dates: Save the Date by Morgan Matson (June 5), Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh (June 5), Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone (June 5), My Hero Academia Vol 13 by Kohei Horikoshi (June 5), Final Draft by Riley Redgate (June 12), The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead (June 26).

So, clearly for the month of June there are a few contemporary books I’m looking forward to. Technically, I have actually read Final Draft already, so I should have a review up for that soon. But I have enjoyed every Morgan Matson book I’ve read, so I’m eager to see how cute this one will be. Of course I am so ready for the next volume of My Hero Academia because things are getting really good and I need to know what happens next. And of course I need the finale of The Glittering Court trilogy. Hmm…actually, I might need to do a Glittering Court re-read in preparation for this release.

And now let’s move on to the month of July.

Release Dates: Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine (July 3), One Punch Man Vol 14 by ONE (July 3), Bright We Burn by Kiersten White (July 10), Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (July 10), European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss (July 10), Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers (July 24)

I absolutely adore The Great Library series, so this fourth book naturally had to be on this anticipated list. When it comes to One Punch Man, it technically breaks my rule of needing to be caught up on a series to anticipate an upcoming release, but I read volumes of manga super quickly so I will definitely be caught up before this one is released. When I read Uprooted by Naomi Novik, I was pretty much hooked on the book, and this new release has a similar cover design, and also seems to be sort of a folklore/fairy tale reimagining, so I am so ready to read it. Last year I read the first book of Theodora Goss’ series and I enjoyed following the daughters of some famous gothic/horror characters, so give me the next one already. Especially with that cover. Seriously, the July releases have some great covers. Honestly, I think Record of a Spaceborn Few might be my favorite cover of the Wayfinders series so far, though they are all stunning–well, the UK covers are stunning; I can’t stand the US covers.

Finally, let’s talk about August.

Release Dates: Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson (August 7), These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch (August 7), My Hero Academia Vol 14 by Kohei Horikoshi (August 7), Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis (August 28).

Okay, so Dance of Thieves is the start of a new series that takes place in the same world as the Remnant Chronicles series. I still need to finish that trilogy, but I’m still really excited about this one. I’m just a bit worried about potential spoilers, so this probably won’t be a book I read immediately after release. Plus I own the Remnant Chronicles in paperback and this is a hardcover release. And I guess I don’t need to talk about My Hero Academia in this section of the post, because you guys already know that I love the series. Then there is The Towering Sky, which is the final book in the Thousandth Floor trilogy. This series was not one I normally would have picked up, but I am legitimately trash for these books.

The final book I’m looking forward to in August is Access Restricted, which is my #! most anticipated release of 2018. The first book, All Rights Reserved, was my favorite read of 2017, and I will just continue to rave about how amazing it was and how everyone should pick it up. I read All Rights Reserved as an ARC, so this wait for book two has seemed extra long for me. I am so ready to devour this book already.

Okay, well, that is all I have for today. What books are you looking forward to this summer? Let’s talk books in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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April Wrap Up and May TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

Another month has come and gone, and it was a pretty good month for reading and books. Since Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon just ended this past weekend, I am doing my readathon wrap up in this post instead of a separate one.

First up is my list of books read over the month of April. As always, if I have a review of the book up, I will include a link to it in case you missed it or you are new to the blog.

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (5 stars)

Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy (5 stars)

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (4 stars)

Critical Role: Vox Machina: Origins, Issue #6 by Matt Coville (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow, Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow, Part 2 by Gene Luen Yang (5 stars)

Avatar: the Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow, Part 3 by Gene Luen Yang (5 stars)

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol 1 by Kore Yamazaki (5 stars)

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett (4 stars)

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (5 stars)

Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (4 stars)

So, for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, I did just all right, starting and finishing two books during the readathon. It took me most of the day to complete my first read, mostly because Signy Cullen came to visit and we hadn’t seen each other in well over a year so we did a lot of talking. And after finishing my 525 page first book, I wanted something shorter and faster to read, which led from reading the amazing fantasy book by Adeyemi to the mysterious book by Ernshaw. It was a quick, though a bit predictable, read at 305 pages, so overall I had a pretty good time.

There is one other readathon update I need to put in here and that is my fiance’s report. He decided to join me and read a backlog of manga we’ve been collecting. So in both books read and page count, my fiance totally beat me for the day, and I am so proud of him. Here is his wonderful stack of now completed manga.

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Now it is time for my book haul and monthly OwlCrate unboxing.

The Harry Potter pencils are great, my fiance rather enjoys the coffee, and I am happy to have another beautiful pillowcase. Hopefully I’ll be able to read Ace of Shades very soon.

Finally, it is time for my May TBR. I decided that I wanted to try something different, and copy something that I saw another book blogger do recently. This time around I asked my fiance to go into my library and choose 4-6 books for me to read in the month of May. So, needless to say, this should be an interesting month of reading.

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This seems like a pretty cool TBR…though I’ll have to add a couple books…you know, like the latest release from Rick Riordan.

Anyway, that’ll be it for today. I’ll be back soon with another bookish post.

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Review: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Hey all, Dani here.

Look everyone, it is an ARC review. I feel like a cool book blogger now. Just kidding, I usually feel like a decently cool book blogger, and that’s because I have so many of you wonderful people following my blog and enjoying my posts. I haven’t been doing as many book reviews as I would like lately, but that’s okay. Sometimes we need to step back a bit. But, I’m actually spending some time scheduling and writing up reviews of all of my backlog books, so you can expect a lot of reviews coming over the next couple months.

Anyway, let’s stop rambling and start talking about this awesome book I devoured. Oh, I almost forgot, I also need to say thank you to the publisher, Wednesday Books, for sending me an ARC of this book. This did not affect my review in any way; Sky in the Deep was one of my most anticipated releases for 2018 because it sounded amazing.

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Summary

OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

Okay, so on the back cover of the ARC this book is described as part Wonder Woman and part Vikings. I have not watched Vikings so I can’t exactly speak to how true that statement is, but I can say that what I got was a story about a badass female warrior who goes through a journey that tests how she thinks of both family and loyalty.

Literally this book opens with the characters going to battle, so it is a pretty action packed beginning. That aspect alone quickly grabbed my interest,and I just wanted to keep reading. Then Eelyn was taken by the Riki, the enemy clan, and the story really started to fly by from there.

I was seriously so hooked by this book. I didn’t want to go back to work and I didn’t want to have to put the book down for hours at a time. But being a proper adult and having a job and chores and errands to run sometimes gets in the way of reading time.

I very much enjoyed the characters and seeing how the relationships changed and developed as the story progressed. This might be one of my favorite reads of 2018 so far. I guess my only complaint is that everything wrapped up in just one book. When I got 30 or so pages from the end, I started to convince myself that this had to be the first book of a duology, and I would have been completely happy if that had been the case. But everything ended up concluding in the remaining pages, and so now I am left wondering what Adrienne Young will write next, because I am definitely adding her to my list of authors to keep an eye on.

Where to Buy

You can pre-order this book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore. It will be released very soon, on April 24th.

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March Wrap Up and April TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow, where did March go? Seriously. I am trying to figure out how we are 25% through 2018 already. Time is flying by so quickly now, and that is crazy to me.

Anyway, let’s just jump into what I read in the month of March. As always, if I have a review already posted on my blog, I will include the link to that post just in case you missed it or want to check it out. I’m working on clearing out my backlog of reviews so expect many more in the upcoming months.

The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (4.5 stars)

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (4 stars)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (4 stars)

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (4 stars)

Vox Machina Origins Issue #5 by Matthew Colville, Matthew Mercer, Olivia Samson, and Chris Northrop (5 stars)

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace (3 stars)

My Hero Academia Vol 11 by Kohei Horikoshi (5 stars)

Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz (5 stars)

Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen (5 stars)

Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner (4.5 stars)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (5 stars)

Overall not a bad month, though I probably could have and should have read more Middle Grade novels.

All right. Well with the wrap up complete, it is time to move on to my March book haul. There were a lot of great releases in March, so obviously I ended up getting quite a few books, but overall I didn’t go overboard and have a massive haul, which is nice. This is the part where I share my book haul photos and then show off my monthly OwlCrate unboxing–and spoiler alert: I loved this month’s box.

Seriously, I managed to get through the month only buying a handful of books. That is pretty impressive.

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I’ve always wondered if I would like an infinity scarf or not, and now that I have one, I can honestly say that I rather like it. Oh, and this OwlCrate edition of Heart of Iron is so lovely. I mean, did you see the purple stained pages? So awesome. I got the Hanna Donnelly candle, but apparently there was a Kady Grant one as well. The mug is pretty great too; I’m excited to have another mug in the same size/style as the Harry Potter one from a couple months ago. Oh, and the book is actually signed this month, instead of just being a signed book plate. OwlCrate, you guys are doing wonderful things with your subscription box. I’m glad to be a subscriber. And I’m looking forward to the April box as well, because yet again the book is one on my highly anticipated list, which is excellent.

Finally, I suppose it is time to share my April TBR. Now I’ve done okay with my TBRs so far this year, reading typically around half or so of the books I mention, so I’m feeling decent about continuing to share the books I’d like to read in the month. Plus, the next session of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon will be taking place on April 28th, so I’m thinking it should be a pretty good month of reading. But as usual, the readathon TBR will be up closer to the event, because I may change my mind on what I’m reading for the day. Actually I’m kind of hoping I can convince my fiance to participate in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon with me.

Anyway, here is my tentative April TBR.

Of course the TBR can always change, grow, and/or shrink based on my reading mood. But there are a few of these that I really want to read, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to do it.

Then again, I’m also trying to get back into writing, so I am doing Camp NaNoWriMo in April as well. I’ve set a really low goal of writing 10,000 words on my novel over the course of the month, and hopefully I’ll be able to accomplish that while also keeping up with my reading.

I hope you all had wonderfully productive reading months in March. And if you feel like talking books with me in the comments, let me know what book you are most looking forward to reading in April.

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What I’m Reading (7)

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome to the middle of the week all over again, and my weekly post where I talk about the books I’ve read recently, the books I am currently reading, and the books that I am hoping to start very soon.

I’ve actually accomplished some pretty decent reading since my post last week. I finished re-reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and I flew through Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner. I’ll probably end up doing a book/movie review for RPO fairly soon, and I’m already working on writing up a review for CG, so expect those and various other reviews in the next days/weeks/months (because my backlist of reviews will keep me busy for a while).

My current read is Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston. I have been waiting on this book for so long, and I even had to wait until a couple weeks after the release day because this book was the one included in my March OwlCrate, so expect photos of this beautiful book in my March Wrap Up post coming soon.

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And what I am hoping to start reading soon is probably The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw, though I might start Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi first. I’m not sure. I’ll see what kind of mood I’m in after Heart of Iron.

Well, that’s all for me today. I’ll be back soon with another post. Until then, what books have you read recently and what are you currently reading? Let’s talk about books in the comments.

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Review: Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz

Hey all, Dani here.

Today I am happy to bring you an ARC review. I received a copy of this book in the mail from the publisher, so thank you to Penguin Random House for sending this to me. As always, I need to state that being sent a copy of a book did not affect my rating or review in any way.

What may have affected my review, though, is my obsession with the Hamilton soundtrack, which yes, I did listen to at some points while I was reading this book.

Let’s just get started before I start gushing too much about Hamilton.

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Summary

1780. Albany, New York. 

As the war for American Independence carries on, two newlyweds are settling into their new adventure: marriage. But the honeymoon’s over, and Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler are learning firsthand just how tricky wedded life can be. Alex is still General George Washington’s right-hand man and his attention these days is nothing if not divided–much like the colonies’ interests as the end of the Revolution draws near. Alex & Eliza’s relationship is tested further by lingering jealousies and family drama.

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

First thing to mention with this is that it is not wholly historically accurate. To increase the jealousies and drama of Alex and Eliza’s relationship, the author decided not to follow actual events and give them their first child very early on in their marriage. So if you are expecting this to be exact with historical detail, this is probably not the book for you.

Then again, considering that de la Cruz was inspired to start this series because of the Broadway musical, there’s bound to be some changes to make for a more entertaining story. Hamilton changed events to make the story flow better as well.

What I rather enjoy about these books is that though they are historical fiction, they read like contemporary romance. Mostly this is because of the way the words flow. I find that contemporaries read rather quickly and smoothly, while historical fiction tend to be a little more dense and take just a tiny bit longer to read.

I still loved all the witty dialogue between characters. The intelligence of Alexander Hamilton, the Schuyler sisters, and others is just portrayed so well.

It was also interesting to see how Alex and Eliza dealt with the later years of the war, and then how they settled into domestic married life after getting their own place. So much of their early married life was spent apart, so it stands to reason that they have to make adjustments and figure out how to find a balance between work, social obligations, and each other.

I flew through this book, and I can honestly say that I’m already waiting for news about book three, because it is already on my anticipated releases list.

Where to Buy

You can preorder Love & War from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore. This book will be released on April 17, 2018.

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Most Anticipated Releases Spring 2018

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow, I am somewhat failing here on my posts for 2018. I was doing so well for a couple years at having this particular post series up each season where I talk about my most anticipated releases each season. And my Spring post should have come out towards the end of February to cover the months of March, April, and May…but here we are halfway through March and I just now realized that I did not do this post.

But I am fixing that now. So, obviously, a couple of these books will have technically been released already, but I’m still going to mention them.

Let’s just jump into the post.

First up is the month of March. There are quite a few book releases I’m excited for this month, though I don’t think my bank account agrees with me, so it may take me a bit to collect all of these books, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not excited for them. There are some new releases from authors I enjoy, some that just sound interesting or cute, and there’s even one an old college friend of mine recommended because he knows the author. So March seems like a pretty good book month to me.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (March 6), Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst (March 6), Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner (March 13), To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (March 6), The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco (March 6), Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins (March 6), More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer (March 6), Impostor Syndrome by Mishell Baker (March 13), Weaver’s Folly by Sarah Madsen (March 15)

Next up is April. I’ve just finished reading one of these books and will have a review up soon, and I’ll be reading another one very soon. As for the other four, one is a rather hyped up fantasy, one is a second novel by an author I met at BookExpo and the debut novel was amazing so I’m expecting this one to be great, one is a contemporary by an author I rather enjoy, and one just sounds interesting and has a really cool cover. So I’m also very excited about April, and the books I’ll get to read.

Of course the other reason I’m excited for April is that it marks one year of being with my wonderful fiance, who totally supports my book addiction…and he’s been reading more again since we started dating, so that’s great too.

Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake (April 10), Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz (April 17), Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (April 24), Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian, Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (April 10), Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett (April 3)

Finally we have May. There are not many releases I’m anticipating this time around, but I’m still hoping that they’ll be great reads. Now, I’ll be honest, I liked ACOTAR, loved ACOMAF, and found ACOWAR to be a slight let-down after the second installment, so I guess we’ll see what ACOFAS does for the series. I am more looking forward to seeing what the future installments bring as we focus on some of the other characters and their relationships. And I am absolutely looking forward to reading Furyborn. Sadly I couldn’t get an early copy through NetGalley, but that happens sometimes. I still really want to read this book because it sounds AMAZING. Plus there is a continuation to the Paper Magician series to look forward to reading, as well as the conclusion to the Ruined trilogy, so all in all, it should still be a really good month of reading.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas (May 1), Allied by Amy Tinterra (May 1), Furyborn by Claire Legrand (May 22), The Plastic Magician by Charlie N Holmberg (May 15)

Well, I do believe that is all for today. If you are excited for these books, or for any others, feel free to let me know about them in the comments. I love talking about books, and sometimes it leads me to find even more great reads to add to my never-ending TBR. Have a great weekend everyone and happy reading!