The Coffee Book Tag | Books at Dawn

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Hey guys!

I was tagged by Jenna over at Reading with Jenna and Kat over at Impossible Girl Blog to do The Coffee Book Tag.Thanks for the tag and you guys should go check out her blog right now, please and thank you. Now as I am not a coffee drinker, I still thought this would be a fun tag to do!

So let me brew a pot of tea and let’s get this started!


 

Black: A series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans

I still haven’t been able to get through the first book… but I hear it’s an amazing series!

Peppermint mocha: A book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year

I don’t know what it is about this series that reminds me so much of Christmas and the holidays, but it does. Does it do that for you guys too?

Hot chocolate: A favourite children’s book

Harold and the Purple Crayon

This one always sticks out when I think about childhood books!

Double shot of espresso: A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish

Morning Glories Vol. 1

A recent graphic novel read of mine. I was absolutely glued to the pages from beginning to end!

Starbucks: A book you see everywhere

Over the last couple weeks, all I’ve been seeing everywhere is this wonderful series! I love it!

That hipster coffee shop: A book by an indie author (a shoutout)

Shout out to Elise Kova for this beautiful series!

Oops! I accidentally got decaf: A book you were expecting more from

Carry On

I wanted more from the story. The characters were great though!

The perfect blend: A book or series that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying

That ending though…

Green tea: A book or series that is quietly beautiful

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

This book is so beautiful and so not talked about enough.

Chai tea: A book or series that makes you dream of far off places

This is probably the only book I have read that evolves time travel, and it is lovely!

Earl grey: A favourite classic

The Outsiders

I don’t read classics, so this is my version of a classic!


I TAG YOU

Vivian | Larkin | Ali | Amanda | Maria | Becca | Emma | Chelsie | Beth

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag | Books at Dawn

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Hey guys!

I was tagged by Rae over at Bookmark Chronicles to do the Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag. This looked like such a fun tag to do which may put me in some hot waters if a lot of my favorite books show up! So thank you Rae for all this wonderful torture I’m sure I am about to go through!

Rules:
  • Randomly choose 3 books. (Use the ‘random’ option on your Goodreads read shelf. Thanks for that tip, it makes this so much easier)
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread. (A lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill.)
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or five) 🙂

Okay, let’s do this!


ROUND 1

BURN: The Iron Trial by Holly Black/Cassandra Clare. I just did not like this book. In my opinion it is a horrible middle grade.

REWRITE: The Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman. Don’t get me wrong, I liked this book a lot. But I think I would rewrite the first quarter of it and lay off the heavy romance nonsense that was there.

REREAD: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. This book was great! Everything I could have wanted in a book with Superheroes and Super Villains.


ROUND 2

BURN: Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger. No shock there. This book was boring as hell!

REWRITE: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I would rewrite the last quarter of this book. This three quarters are fantastic! But that last part when they’re in the cave and she is paraded around as a slave just made me so uncomfortable….

REREAD: Soulless by Gail Carriger. This was my first ever steampunk paranormal fantasy I’ve read and I loved it. It is well written and smart, and I loved all the characters too!


ROUND 3

BURN: Wayward Vol. 1 by Jim Zub. Sorry Wayward… I loved your story and your art, but up against these two, you’re going to lose.

REWRITE: Saga Vol. 1 by Brian k. Vaughan. I don’t know what part of this graphic novel I would attempt to rewrite because it was so freaking good, but I’m sure there is something I can add to it!

REREAD: The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson. This novel was brilliant and heart breaking. I would read it a thousand times over!


ROUND 4

I should have stopped at Round 3… this one is going to break my soul!

BURN: Saga Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan. I’m so sorry Saga… you got the shit end of the stick this round! Nothing personal… keep on being your amazing self!

REWRITE: Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes. This is breaking my soul right now. This is one of my favorites from the Falling Kingdoms series and it’s absolute perfection. SO the only thing I will rewrite is the ending where a certain character I loved gets back stabbed… you know who Morgan!

REREAD: Golden Son by Pierce Brown. I literally just finished this book a couple days ago and man I was blown away! That ending needed to be read over and over again. Hot damn!


ROUND 5

BURN: Paper Towns by John Green. I hold no allegiances to Mr. Green, and although this is a good book, I might just have to burn it this round. Oops!

REWRITE: Rat Queens Vol. 2 by Kurtis J. Wiebe. This graphic novel had a lot of chapters on character back story, and I loved it. But I might rewrite and throw some more action sequences into the mix!

REREAD: The Secret Heeder by Fleur Camacho. One of my favorite sequels from an indie author I’ve read so far! I loved the time traveling adventure they went on this time around and would love to read it again sometime!


Man that was a tough tag to do, but oh so much fun! I hope you enjoyed my answers and not get offended by any of them. Let me know if you would have done anything differently, I’d love to know!

I TAG YOU

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

Aentee @ Read at Midnight

Laashan & Trang @ Bookidote

Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse

Joan @ Fiddler Blue

Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm

Lois @ My Midnight Musing

Amy @ Book Enthral

Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks

JM @ Book Freak Revelations

Until next time,

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Favorite Self-Published Books | Top 5 Wednesday [19]

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Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Favorite Self-Published Books.

Occasionally it is nice to go on a search for books that you wouldn’t usually find in your local bookstore. Sometimes you get approached by self-published authors to read their books for honest reviews. So today I have compiled a list of some of my favorite self-published books that I have enjoyed reading or would like to read in the near future!


5. Belvedor and the Four Corners by Ashleigh Bello

Belvedor and the Four CornersWIN OR DIE. Whichever your fate, freedom is certain.

In the world of Olleb-Yelfra, everyone is born a slave and raised in the City of the Four Corners. The city is comprised of four districts—Healer, Creator, Agrarian, and Warrior—each playing a key role in the world’s ultimate survival.

Seventeen-year-old Arianna Belvedor, a slave to the Warrior’s District, is committed to earning a life of freedom but is bound by the ultimate rule: Win or Die. Her only chance of leaving the city with her life is to rightfully earn her citizenship during the annual Free Falls Festivals on her eighteenth year—A treacherous tradition in order to celebrate the strong and eliminate the weak from the world.

Though her will to survive is strong, Arianna succumbs to her defining weakness, curiosity. It only takes one pivotal moment, one broken rule to send her spiraling down a dangerous path. As she unearths the truth of a dark history and a secret which cannot be ignored, Arianna is thrust deeper into a maze of deception. Searching for a way back to ordinary, Arianna Belvedor must battle her way through this chilling yet enrapturing world. It’s up to her to accept the truth, but will she live to reveal the shattering secrets she’s come to know?


4. The Witching Elm by C.N. Crawford

The Witching ElmSeventeen-year-old sorcerer Tobias Corvin tumbles through a blizzard and arrives—half frozen and half dead—in another world. Trapped in Boston, he tries to blend in at an old boarding school while secretly plotting to save his home.

But if anything can distract him from his mission, it’s the wild-haired and intriguing Fiona. She is determined to learn the truth about his dangerous magic.

When a spectral army from Toby’s world begins slaughtering Bostonians, he and Fiona must stop the carnage. They face unspeakable dangers unearthing the dark secrets of New England’s past—a past that holds the key to saving both worlds from destruction.


3. Insanity by Cameron Jace

InsanityAfter accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.


2. Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Air AwakensA library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.


1. The Last Seeker by Fleur Camacho

The Last SeekerTristen wakes to find a man watching him from the mirror.
A chill runs through Tristen’s body as the familiar robed priest stares at him longingly. The priest struggles to open his mouth; the stitches that lace his lips together slowly rip apart and jut raggedly from his mouth. His bloody lips stretch wide as he leans towards Tristen, trying to suck him into a deep black hole.

Ever since Tristen, a sixteen year old teenager, is assigned to work with Ailey on a school project, his life takes a thrilling and alarming turn. Tristen can’t stop the inexorable pull he feels toward Ailey; just being around her draws him in completely, blindly and with disastrous consequences. At the same time, an evil priest invades Tristen’s dreams and threatens to kill his mom.
Soon, Tristen and his friends find themselves magically transported to Fifteenth Century France and Tristen discovers that he is the last-born Seeker – destined to save the past and the influential figures who shape it. When someone tries to kill him, Tristen must make a choice: embrace his destined purpose and risk loosing everything or be stuck in the past running for his life forever.
This is not a novel about vampires, werewolves or ghosts. This is not your regular romantic, time traveling, coming-of-age story. This is the first book in a magical, paranormal, fantasy series about a regular kid who finds out he is destined to become the new Seeker to save the world from a bloody ending. If Tristen had known that pairing up with Ailey would trigger a magical ancient prophecy ushering in the beginning of the end of the world, he might have stayed in bed that day.


I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. So grab one of these books an enjoy a story you may not have heard of before! Let’s support the indie authors more!

Until next time,

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My Favorite Fantasy Novels in 2015 | Top 10 Tuesday [20]

Top 10 Tuesday

Hey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 Fantasy Novels in 2015.

I am a huge avid reader of the fantasy genre. It is my go to genre, and probably my most read too. I love transporting my imagination to new worlds unlike my own. I truly believe it is the reason why I still have a wild imagination until this day being well into adulthood. While most of my friends are worrying about money, careers, marriage, kids etc. I too worry some of those things, but I have something they don’t: imagination.

“A non-reader lives only one life, while a reader lives a thousand.”

I don’t remember who this quote is from, but I know I have used it one of my Sunday picture posts!


10. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

The Witch Hunter

 


9. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen

 


8. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

The Orphan Queen

 


7. The Secret Heeder by Fleur Camacho

The Secret Heeder

 


6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses

 


5. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Legacy of Kings

 


4. A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

A Book of Spirits and Thieves

 


3. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows

 


2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows

 


1. Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

Frozen Tides

 


Well there you have it! Top 10 Fantasy Novels in 2015. Let me know what are your favorite fantasy novels from this year!

Until next time,

Sig New

Bath and Body Works | TAG

Bath-and-Body-Works-TagI was tagged by Valerie @Little Dutch Bookshop to do the Bath and Body works tag! Thanks for tagging me! I love Bath and Body Works, especially their soaps and candles. They always have the best scents. So let’s get into this!


Pure Paradise – A book that was pure perfection

Bath1Falling KingdomsFalling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes was absolute perfection in my mind. Not only is it my favorite fantasy book of all time, but it is also the start of my favorite fantasy series of all time too!

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Sweet Pea – A romance/contemporary you really enjoyed

Bath2Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens AgendaSimon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is the sweetest contemporary I have ever read. I loved Simon and Blue and their love story that unfolded on the pages. Through the ups and downs. It was perfectly enjoyable!

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Fresh Strawberries – A book you really enjoyed that came out this year

Bath3Heir of FireHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas came out in 2014 and it was the start of my love for the Throne of Glass series. The first two books were great don’t get me wrong… but Heir of Fire just knocked them out of the water and got the ball rolling in Celaena’s story!

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Warm Vanilla – A character and/or book that made you feel all warm inside

Bath4HP Philosopher's StoneHarry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone left me all warm inside for nostalgic reasons. I grew up watching the movies. It took me 15 years to read the book. The feeling I got after reading it, ignited the spark in me for imagination and magic again. Thank you Harry!

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Paris Amour – A couple you majorly ship together

Bath5MagnusAlecMagnus Bane x Alec Lightwood from the Mortal Instruments series. They will forever be my OTP. They belong together forever and ever. And NO I have not finished the series yet, so I don’t know what’s going to happen to them. So no spoilers ok?

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Dancing Waters – A book that takes place on the beach/ the perfect beach read

Bath6The Last SeekerI don’t read enough contemporaries to have an actual true answer for this question. But The Last Seeker by Fleur Camacho has a scene at a beach where things get a little life frightening. My worst fear has to do with open water and drowning, so I tend to steer clear of those!

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I Heart Cake (and Books) – your favorite book

Bath7Falling KingdomsAGAIN… Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes will always be my favorite book of all time. If you guys have not read this book or series yet, then you are wasting your life big time. Don’t make me slap you with this book. Just go read it ok?

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Winter Candy Apple – A book set during Christmas or winter

Bath8FrostfireFrostfire by Amanda Hocking is the spinoff series from Trylle and is set in a winter like setting. I love books that take place with snow and Christmas feels. Just perfect in time for December coming soon!

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Beautiful Day – A book with an unusual/interesting/appealing setting

Bath9Steel HeartSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson is based in Newcago which is a futuristic Chicago that is made of steel and set in perpetual darkness. I don’t know what it was about this setting that appealed to me so much, but I was just dazzled by it. I feel like I’m the only one though!

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Dazzling Diamonds – A beautiful cover

Bath10FlamecasterI recently came across this cover of Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima and I thought it was absolutely gorgeous. It is the first book taking place in her Seven Realms world that comes out next year and I honestly can’t wait!

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Well there you have! After doing this tag I’m craving to light some candles and take a long bath with my pretty soaps! Too bad I hate baths… Anyways…

Until next time,

Sig New

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Nicolette @ A Little Bookish, A Little Writerly

Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse

Trisha Ann @ The Bookgasm

Erika @ ErikaChung182

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Authors I’ve Discovered This Year | Top 5 Wednesday [14]

Top-5-WednesdayHey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Authors I’ve Discovered This Year.

I have read a lot of books this year. Some were from authors that I adore and love, while others were from brand new authors to me. Among them, some are debut authors and others are seasoned authors. So without further a do let’s find out who is on my list!


5. Leigh Bardugo

Leigh BardugoLeigh Bardugo is the author of the Grisha Trilogy: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising, and now Six of Crows. I love the worlds she creates and the way she tells her stories. Through a ton of recommendations I finally was able to read her books and I can’t believe I waited so long!


4. Fleur Camacho

Fleur CamachoFleur Camacho is the author of The Tristen Series: The Last Seeker, and The Secret Heeder. A time traveling fantasy series with rich history and amazing characters. I am sitting here patiently waiting for the next book. In the mean time, go check out the first two!


3. Pierce Brown

Pierce BrownPierce Brown is the author of the Red Rising Trilogy: Red Rising, Golden Son, and the soon to be released conclusion, Morning Star. His sci-fi world is filled with amazing storytelling, vivid descriptions and tortured characters. One of my favorite books I have read this year!


2. Becky Albertalli

Becky AlbertalliBecky Albertalli is the debut novelist of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. I fell head over heels with this book after reading it. I connected so with Simon more than any other character. I loved reading how he navigated his online relationship with Blue and his offline relationship with his friends and family. I can’t wait to see what Becky can dish out next!


1. Shaun David Hutchinson

Shaun David Hutchinson

Shaun David Hutchinson is the author of books such as: The Deathday Letter, FML, and my one of my favorite books The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley. I got the opportunity to read the latter this year and I loved it. I connected with the tortured characters so much so that this book had me in tears more than once throughout reading. It ended so beautifully and the comic book illustrations after every chapter were a cool addition to the overall story. His next book We Are the Ants is on my most anticipated releases for 2016!


I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. I love reading books from new or new to me authors and finding new favorites along the way. I plan on doing so next year and hopefully I can have a bigger list next year!

Until next time,

Sig New

Everybody Loves Disney | TAG

Disney-Book-TagHey guys!

I was tagged by Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts to do the Disney Book Tag! If you haven’t checked him out, I recommend you do so now, he’s awesome. Every since I’ve been a little kid I’ve grown up with Disney movies and characters. I’ve already done the Disney Villains Book Tag, so I thought to continue and visit some of my favorite Princesses and Heroes!

So let’s begin~


Disney Ariel (samycat)The Little Mermaid — A character who is out of their element; a “fish out of water”

The Last SeekerTristen from The Last Seeker by Fleur Camacho. With very little guidance in becoming a Seeker, Tristen must figure things out  on his own. It doesn’t help when you have to deal with being a teenager with feelings.


Disney Cinderella (muse33)Cinderella — A character who goes through a major transformation

Red RisingDarrow from Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Poor Darrow had to be rebuilt from scratch. His appearance, his muslces and body, his personality and traits. He went from the lowest rung on the totem pole to the highest, almost losing himself in the process!


Disney Snow White (HollyBell)Snow White — A book with an eclectic cast of characters

Steel HeartSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson has a very eclectic cast of characters, both human and Epic. I loved reading about all the different powers and weaknesses. I wish I had Epic powers but still be one of the good guys though!


Disney Sleeping Beauty (VPDessin)Sleeping Beauty — A book that put you to sleep

HunterHunter by Mercedes Lackey. If you follow my blog then you know I recently attempted to read this book but in the end couldn’t finish it. In my review I state all the info dumping this book throws at you in a short amount of time. Hence why this book put me to sleep!


Disney The Lion King (Enzoda)The Lion King — A character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneHarry from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling. Everyone knows the dark Lord Voldemort went after Harry’s parents when he was just a baby, killing them. He had to grow up in a cupboard with his horrible aunt and uncle until he received his letter to attend Hogwarts.


Disney Beauty and the BEast (Vpdessin)Beauty and the Beast — A beast of a book that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

Heir of FireHeir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. This book was a massive brick. Very intimidating to read but very enjoyable. My favorite of the series so far and the best one in my opinion. Rowan was to die for, and Celaena was actually likable for once.


Disney Aladdin (Mareishon)Aladdin — A character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse

The Fault in Our StarsHazel from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. As her last dying wish, she gets to travel to Amsterdam with Augustus to visit her favorite author who turns out to be a big ass. Although her wish had good intentions, it turned out worst for poor Hazel. But at least she had a romantic experience with Augustus to make up for it!


Disney Mulan (PriscillaTR)Mulan — A character who pretends to be someone or something they’re not

Red QueenMare from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. She is taken from her poor village of Reds to become a Silver Princess because of her powers. She finds it hard to be someone she is not, but she knows it’s for the safety of her family and her honor. (Get it?)


Disney Toy Story (Sketch-MOneky)Toy Story — A book with characters you wish could come to life

Falling KingdomsFalling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes. I really want these characters to be real! Or at least live in there world. Such an invigorating story with thick rooted magic and mythology!!


Disney Descendents (Rewrite98)Disney’s Descendants — Your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character

CinderQueen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I don’t know what it is about her, maybe it’s her vanity, or her ruthless behavior, but she is absolutely captivating.


I TAG YOU

Kelly @ Dancing Through the Pages

Liam @ Liam’s Library

Ayesha and Monisah @ Twins Turn Pages

Ashley @ What’s She Reading?

Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm

If you’ve already done this tag or if tags just aren’t for you please ignore~

Until next time,

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TRISTEN: The Secret Heeder by Fleur Camacho | REVIEW

The Secret HeederTRISTEN: The Secret Heeder by Fleur Camacho
Published by September 10th, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Historical
Pages: 257
Format: e-Book

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Now that Tristen knows he’s the Last Seeker, his mission is clear: to stop the Tingui from killing important people in the past. However, everything else in his life isn’t so straightforward. His best friend is suddenly acting mysterious and winning his true love’s heart isn’t easy. When Tristen begins having strange dreams again, an old enemy arises to threaten Tristen.
Then Tristen and his friends travel to Nineteenth Century Maryland and they’re horrified to find that they’ve appeared in the middle a great race war. There, Tristen is thrust into a world of spies and intrigue to find the Tingui. Everyone is a suspect and trusting the wrong person could kill one of the greatest Presidents that’s ever lived. Tristen must discover the Tingui’s plans in a world where one wrong move could get them all killed.

Why does Tristen feel like his best friend is keeping secrets?
How will Tristen figure out who to trust?
And ultimately, will he be able to save Abraham Lincoln from dying before the Civil War?


The-Secret-Heeder-Review*** AS THIS IS THE SECOND BOOK IN THE SERIES, IT MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS OF THE FIRST BOOK ***

*** YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED ***

The Secret Heeder by Fleur Camacho is the second book in the TRISTEN series. It continues right where the last book ended. Now that Tristen knows he is the Last Seeker it is up to him to defeat the Tingui from killing influential people of the past. With a best friend who is heeding secrets from him, the girl he likes not believing him, and his mentor who is not there for him he must find a way to save the day on his own. With drama, action, adventure and Abe Lincoln to save Tristen sure has his hands full!


The-Secret-Heeder-Plot-+-WritingAfter coming back from Fifteenth Century France, Tristen finds that his dad is in a coma. Not knowing truly what he is and what he is capable of he has a lot of questions to be answered. While Garyn, his mentor, is out on a journey of his own, Tristen is left to deal with this with only the limited help of Ailey and Isolda. And not to mention the Tingui Torin, the man who stabbed him in France is haunting his every waking minute. Poor Tristen is just trying to be as normal as normal can get with his life. Now being transported back to Nineteenth Century Maryland right before the civil war Tristen, Ailey and Isolda must figure out who is going to kill Abraham Lincoln and save his life so he gets a chance to change America.

With a plot this exciting it is no wonder I couldn’t get enough of this book! We get major revelations and great character development as Tristen and his friends navigate their personal feelings all while trying to save one of the most influential presidents in history. With more information revealed we get a little more back story into what being The Last Seeker entails and how Ailey and Isolda both connect to Tristen’s story.

Camacho has out done herself this time with the intricate writing. A lot of research into the history of events this must have taken is incredible and awe inspiring. She developed her characters with great ease and like I said before she really knows how to get into the minds of teenagers with her accurate dialogues between the gang. Although this is more of a personal issue then anything else, I did feel that some of the chapters dragged a bit long and as a reader it is one of my bookish pet peeves.


The-Secret-Heeder-CharactersTristen has grown a lot since the first book. Having already jumped to a new time, things went a little more smoothly for him and his friends this time around. We also got to see him struggle with his tense relationships with Ailey and Isolda. He finds it quite frustrating that Ailey is hiding secrets from him when he believes he should be told and he just wants her to be straight up with him. While on the other hand his relationship with Isolda is constantly on the rocks because trust issues keep arising. He can’t fully explain his relationship with Ailey to her and she just doesn’t believe they don’t have romantic feelings for each other.

Ailey on the other hand gets major progress in this book. We finally find out how she fits into The Last Seeker equation and I thought it was very creative! Life isn’t all grand for her though. She is also seen struggling with all the information she holds and secrets that she keeps. She wants to help Tristen out but can’t seem to come clean to him about herself or to reveal to Isolda the reason the connection between her and Tristen is so strong. I’m interested to see if she’ll begin to come out of her shell more in the next book!

And finally we have Isolda. I have a love hate relationship with her character. I find her extremely frustrating and have the least connections to her. She needs to be more upfront with Tristen and speak her mind when something is bothering her instead of just keeping it to herself. She also needs to trust Tristen more. He is a great guy but with her moody personality its hard for him to show her. With a little more about her revealed at the end, I am interested to see how she will affect the story later on!


The-Secret-Heeder-SettingMy favorite parts of these books are the historical portions! Like I said above, it must have taken a great deal of research and reading to fully grasp Nineteenth Century Maryland and the pre-cival war era. Camacho is successful with her world building with the historical references and real life individuals. I truly felt like I was there with the gang on their adventure to save Lincoln. I loved the train aspect of the story as well. If it was more practical in real life, I would love to travel more by train instead of plane! So the action scenes on the train were very exciting to read.

I can’t wait to see where Camacho takes Tristen and his friends and who they have to save in the next book! I live for historical fiction!


The-Secret-Heeder-In-ConclusionThe Secret Heeder by Fleur Camacho was a fantastic sequel to this time traveling fantasy series! I can’t wait to read more exciting adventures ahead because I know there is still so much more story to be told! I’m hoping for some more kick ass action scenes! You guys need to pick these up and give them a read. You won’t be disappointed.

Do you like the relationship dynamic between Tristen, Ailey, and Isolda? How crazy was that reveal at the end? Let me know what you guys thought!

You can get TRISTEN: The Secret Heeder & The Last Seeker here: The TRISTEN Series

Until next time,

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Fleur Camacho is the author of the TRISTEN book series. She likes to travel, hike, read, paint, be healthy and read boring economic reports. She is the wife of an uber-cool and sexy husband and a mom to two awesome children.

She practices positive inevitability and believes passionately in following your dreams. Even if you don’t accomplish everything you want, you can still enjoy the journey.

TRISTEN: The Last Seeker by Fleur Camacho | REVIEW

The Last SeekerTRISTEN: The Last Seeker by Fleur Camacho
Published October 16th, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Historical
Pages: 236
Format: e-Book

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Ever since Tristen, a sixteen year old teenager, is assigned to work with Ailey on a school project, his life takes a thrilling and alarming turn. Tristen can’t stop the inexorable pull he feels toward Ailey; just being around her draws him in completely, blindly and with disastrous consequences. At the same time, an evil priest invades Tristen’s dreams and threatens to kill his mom.


Soon, Tristen and his friends find themselves magically transported to Fifteenth Century France and Tristen discovers that he is the last-born Seeker – destined to save the past and the influential figures who shape it. When someone tries to kill him, Tristen must make a choice: embrace his destined purpose and risk loosing everything or be stuck in the past running for his life forever.


This is not a novel about vampires, werewolves or ghosts. This is not your regular romantic, time traveling, coming-of-age story. This is the first book in a magical, paranormal, fantasy series about a regular kid who finds out he is destined to become the new Seeker to save the world from a bloody ending. If Tristen had known that pairing up with Ailey would trigger a magical ancient prophecy ushering in the beginning of the end of the world, he might have stayed in bed that day.


The-Last-Seeker-ReviewThe Last Seeker by Fleur Camacho is the first book in the TRISTEN series. It follows a seemingly regular teenage boy named Tristen who seems to be having these horrible nightmares. When he is assigned to work with Ailey on a history assignment, his life begins to get interesting. Until the day him and his friends disappear and end up in Fifteenth Century France. With a new destiny comes a lot of unanswered questions and new adventures.Will Tristen and his friends make it back home? Or will they be stuck in the past to save the future? Read it to find out!


The-Last-Seeker-Plot-+-WritingSo this novel isn’t your typical fantasy YA story. It has many different elements to it that surprisingly work together. The story starts off with major character developments way before you get any fantasy elements. At first I felt the story was just starting so slow and dragging on. At one point I was just like, “Oh come on! Where is the excitement and fantasy?!” But I kept reading.

And as I kept reading I started to connect with Tristen even more. I started relating to him, and he was bringing back memories of when I was in high school. It has been a long time since I read a story that didn’t start out with the fantasy elements, so I forgot what it was like to relate to a character on a real life level. And this book reminded me why I love to read.

I now understand why this novel is in a different league of its own. Fleur knows how to develop characters and not many authors can do that. Most authors have the high intensity content but characters that lack relate-ability. (I think that I just made that word up or spelt it wrong.) But this book has characters you care about, and that are invested in. So let’s talk about some of them!


The-Last-SeekerTristen, the last seeker and protagonist. He is a struggling teen like anyone else his age. He has troubles talking to girls, understanding social situations, and tries to be as normal as possible. He is completely relatable (is this a word??)  and by far my favorite character in the story. I love to see him be challenged with different tasks and situations and see how he comes out of them with success or failure.

Ailey, his best friend. She and Tristen carry this weird connection that neither one of them can really explain. It’s not love… it’s not attraction… what is it exactly? She keeps him grounded and level headed throughout the whole story and is Tristen’s go to person when something is troubling him. That unexplainable connection though…. I wonder what it is!


The-Last-Seeker-SettingNow I can go on and on about the characters, but there is so much more to the story. A boy who has the ability to go back in time to save the lives of influential people we learned about in school. A great premise of good vs. evil. Evil wants to eliminate all the good these people will do in their lives, and good needs to protect them from being erased from the history books. Very clever and intriguing.

Which brings us to the setting of the story. Fifteenth Century France. How crazy is that? Fleur really had to do her research in order to pull off the authenticity and vibes we get from reading about it. I think she was very successful in doing so. It felt like I traveled back in time with them and was able to experience what they were going through. I’m completely amazed!


The-Last-Seeker-In-ConclusionFleur Camacho knows when to let little bits of information here and there through out the novel, always leaving you screaming for more. So it’s no surprise that you are left with a huge cliffhanger in the end. While you wait for more of the story you try to put together the bits and pieces of story you have. She makes you crave for more, and I love that. Even right now I’m trying to figure out that ending. It can go in so many different directions that I’m dying to know more!!

So I talked about the amazing in depth development of the characters, the premise of the fantasy plot line, and the writing style that leaves you want more from Fleur, so I guess that only leaves me one more thing to say. What are you waiting for?? Get out there and read this book, you will honestly not regret it! I’ll sit here and wait. Come back and lets talk about it.

You can get TRISTEN: The Last Seeker for free here: The TRISTEN Series

Until next time,

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The-Last-Seeker-About-the-AuthorAuthor 20Fleur Camacho is the author of the TRISTEN book series. She likes to travel, hike, read, paint, be healthy and read boring economic reports. She is the wife of an uber-cool and sexy husband and a mom to two awesome children.

She practices positive inevitability and believes passionately in following your dreams. Even if you don’t accomplish everything you want, you can still enjoy the journey.

#BedCoversAreMonsterProof | Spotlight Saturday [1]

Spotlight SaturdayHey guys!

Spotlight Saturday is a weekly feature, created by Josie at Josie’s Book Corner, dedicated to spotlighting and pinpointing some of the things over the week that have caught my attention more than usual, things I’ve particularly loved, etc. 

So now that you guys know what this is all about I just want to say that I’m super excited to start doing this meme regularly. All the banners and graphics are courtesy of Josie herself! So without further ado, let’s begin~


Spotlight BloggerLately I have been falling behind of on some of my favorite bloggers, but I have been keeping an eye out for a specific one. This week I want to give a shout out to Cristina over @ My Tiny Obsessions. You guys need to seriously go check out her stuff!

Not only does her blog look amazing with its simplistic yet beautiful design and theme, but she also produces some great content as well. I love her reviews and especially her reading tastes. But she doesn’t just post about books, she also talks about movies and TV shows! Again we have such similar tastes in TV and movies as well.

She’s awesome, so you better go follow her ASAP! You won’t regret it~


Spotlight Blog PostAs many of you probably already know of this blogger, you shouldn’t be surprised that her most recent blog post, How Much Realism Should We Expect from Fantasy Fiction? is the one I’m spotlighting this week. It is by none other then Aentee from Read at Midnight.

She brings up a really good point when it comes to fantasy novels. How real should they be? I get that when you read a fantasy novel you do so to escape from the real world and take a journey into one so unlike your own. But Aentee goes as far as to question some authors choices. Shouldn’t their fantasy worlds be binded with some law and rules to keep it from becoming too absurd? When do we come to realization that some things just don’t make sense in this fantasy world? It really put things into perspective for me and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the totally absurd aspects of the fantasy novels I’ll read in the future!


Spotlight BookAs I am in a time crunch this month to finish quite a number of books before September, I could spotlight quite a number of books right now. But I feel one is standing out from the rest at this moment, and that is The Secret Heeder by Fleur Camacho. It is the second book in her time traveling fantasy series TRISTEN.

I have been a fan of Fleur’s writing after reading The Last Seeker earlier this year, and have sparked a friendship with her since then. So with great honor as the release date of The Secret Heeder is approaching, she has given me an e-ARC to read for review! I can tell you guys that this series deserves more love. It’s very unique, the characters are lovable, and the story lines are fantastic. I highly recommend you guys go pick it up, I’ll link the GoodReads pages above!


Spotlight MomentAs many of you may know, I hosted a giveaway last week for a signed copy of A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes! Well with much success it has come to end yesterday and a WINNER was chosen. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome and how successful it turned out.

I want to thank everyone who participated and I couldn’t be any luckier to receive all the warm comments this whole past week. It gets me really excited to host more giveaways which may turn into a monthly recurrence for me! Would you guys like more giveaways? You’d be crazy to say no.


Spotlight AppThere is so many great apps out there! But the one I have been using religiously over the last month has been Audible. For those of you that don’t know, Audible is an app that allows you to listen to over 150,000+ audio books from best sellers to your favorite guilty pleasure reads.

For those who can’t find time to read a physical book while commuting or doing other tasks, Audible is a great resource to use. You can listen to Audible audio books in your car, on the train/bus, walking/jogging, while you cook, while you shower, right before bed etc.

If you haven’t experienced an audio book before and don’t know if you’re going to like it or not, you can try out their 30-day free trial. So what are you waiting for, go check it out!


Spotlight SongSo I don’t thing I have ever talked about music on my blog before which is a shame. Music is such a big part of my life that I don’t know what I would do without it! And my favorite type of music is KPOP!

So the songs I want to spotlight this week are Lion Heart & You Think by Girls’ Generation. For those of you who don’t know who Girls’ Generation is, they are an 8 member South Korean pop group and Asia’s #1 girl group. They released their 5th album this week with two title tracks, the ones listed above. Going for the a retro vibe, Lion Heart is a catchy 1950’s/1960’s inspired pop track with addictive lyrics and a catchy dance. Check out the music video HERE!

As for You Think, it is dark urban hip hop inspired track with powerful dance moves and impressive vocals and visuals. The music video for that song is HERE.

Let me know what you think!


Spotlight QuoteI decided to take to twitter to find the perfect quote and I believe I found one that speaks true to my life!

“Even as an adult I still hurry from the light switch to my bed so the night-time monsters don’t get me. #BedCoversAreMonsterProof ” Daniel Parsons @dkparsonswriter


Well there ya have it guys! My first Spotlight Saturday post! Thanks again Josie for letting me join in on the fun. Tell me what you guys want to put a spotlight on, I would love to know!

Until next time,

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