Review: There's Something About Nik by Sara Hantz (arc)

There's Something About Nik Sara Hantz
There's Something About Nik Sara Hantz

Title: There's Something About Nik 
Author: Sara Hantz 
Series: Stand-alone 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA 
Publication date: February 13, 2017 
Rating: ★★ 

Nik Gustafsson has a secret: He’s not really Nik Gustafsson. He’s not a spy. He’s not crazy. He’s just the son and heir to one of the most important families in Europe—one where duty always comes first. And his posh, too-public life is suffocating him. So when he gets the chance to attend boarding school in America, pretending to be an average exchange student is too big of a temptation to pass up. Then he literally runs into Amber on campus. And she hates him at first sight. It’s kind of exhilarating to be hated for who he is, not for his family name or his wealth. Maybe if he turns up the charm and turns down the aloof mask he habitually wears, he can win her over. Even though a bad past experience has made her swear off dating this year. But the more he gets to know her, the more uncomfortable he is keeping things from her. Because Nik Gustafsson has a secret. And it’s a big one.

Review: A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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A Darker Shade Of Magic V E Schwab

Title: A Darker Shade Of Magic 
Author: V.E. Schwab 
Series: Shades Of Magic #1 
Genre: Fantasy, YA 
Publication date: February 24, 2015 
Rating: ★★★★★ 

Kell is one of the last travelers--magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King--George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered--and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London--a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now. Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.

Review: When It Rains by Lisa De Jong

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When it rains lisa de jong

Title: When It Rains 
Author: Lisa De Jong 
Series: Rains #1 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, NA 
Publication date: September 25, 2013 
Rating: ★ 

One night changed my life forever. Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it's more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can't. I haven’t told anyone. I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone. Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn't care who I used to be, he's simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life. I’ve been hurt. I’ve been saved. And I’ve found hope. I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…

Upcoming Releases: February 2017

Upcoming releases february 2017
Hey guys! Better late than never, right? I had this CRAZY week at work so I couldn't do this post sooner but TAKE A LOOK AT FEBRUARY'S RELEASES! So many long-anticipated reads. I am crazy excited for A Conjuring Of Light and King's Cage too. And then there is also Empress Of A Thousand Skies, Wintersong and Gilded Cage! Which ones are you most excited about?

Review: Windwitch by Susan Dennard

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Title: Windwitch 
Author: Susan Dennard 
Series: The Witchlands #2 
Genre: Fantasy, YA 
Publication date: January 10, 2017 
Rating: ★★★★½ 

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies… After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed. When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first? After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Title: Caraval 
Author: Stephanie Garber 
Series: Caraval #1 
Genre: Fantasy, YA 
Publication date: January 31, 2017 
Rating: ★★★★½ 

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

January Wrap Up

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2017 kicked off exactly one month, 3 days ago and so far it has been going really well for me. In my personal bubble at least. I know things in the world haven't looked as optimistic. I guess I just try not to dwell on negativity, but to focus on the up-sides instead. For instance people gathering and sticking up for each other. Or small things. Like J.K. Rowling trashing internet trolls right back and Ellen Degeneres talking about 'Finding Dory' in a perfectly unpolitical manner. Or watching scenes from La La Land over and over because I just can't get enough. So let's stay positive. Despite everything going wrong, let's keep faith in humanity. Kindness, acceptance and love will not die if we keep believing.
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