#Review | An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes
An Ember in the AshesAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (Ember Quartet #1)
Published by Razorbill on April 28th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 446
Format: Paperback

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Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | August 14 – August 20

Weekly CoverReveal RecapHey Bookworms!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of August 14 – August 20. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

This was a big week for reveals. Hope ya’ll enjoy.

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September & October 2016 Book Haul

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Hey guys!

Here are all the books I got in September & October! There is quite a few to get through. I’m super excited about this month’s haul.

So let’s get started shall we?


INDIGO

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Replica by Lauren Oliver

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis


Owlcrate

Vassa in the Night

Vassa in The Night by Sarah Porter


Simon & Schuster

Tattoo Atlas

Tattoo Atlas by Tim Floreen


ARCs

 

RoseBlood by A.G. Howard (Indigo)

Frostblood by Elly Blake (Indigo)


That was definitely a big month for me! Did you guys pick up any of these books too? See you next month!

Until next time,

Sig New

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August 2016 Releases

ANTICIPATED RELEASES

Hey guys!

Every month I post the books that I’m most excited about that are going to be released. For August I’m bringing you five exciting releases. Let’s check them out:


The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

Release Date: August 2nd, 2016

The Beauty of DarknessLia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous – what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.

Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson’s combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.

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The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay

Release Date: August 2nd, 2016

The Assassin GameWho will be left after lights out?

At Cate’s isolated boarding school, Killer is more than a game- it’s an elite secret society. Members must avoid being “Killed” during a series of thrilling pranks, and only the Game Master knows who the “Killer” is. When Cate’s finally invited to join the Assassins’ Guild, she know it’s her ticket to finally feeling like she belongs.

But when the game becomes all too real, the school threatens to shut it down. Cate will do anything to keep playing and save the Guild. But can she find the real assassin before she’s the next target?

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Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger

Release Date: August 2nd, 2016

Three Turths and a LieA weekend retreat in the woods and an innocent game of three truths and a lie goes horribly wrong in this high-octane psychological thriller filled with romantic suspense by a Lambda Award–winning author.

Deep in the forest, four friends gather for a weekend of fun.

Truth #1: Rob is thrilled about the weekend trip. It’s the perfect time for him to break out of his shell…to be the person he really, really wants to be.

Truth #2: Liam, Rob’s boyfriend, is nothing short of perfect. He’s everything Rob could have wanted. They’re perfect together. Perfect.

Truth #3: Maia has been Liam’s best friend for years…long before Rob came along. They get each other in a way Rob could never, will never, understand.

Truth #4: Galen, Maia’s boyfriend, is sweet, handsome, and incredibly charming. He’s the definitely of a Golden Boy…even with the secrets up his sleeves.

One of these truths is a lie…and not everyone will live to find out which one it is.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Release Date: August 9th, 2016

NevernightIn a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Release Date: August 30th, 2016

A Torch Against the NightA Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

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Let me know if you guys are looking forward to any of these books this month! I really can’t wait to get my hands on them.

Until next time,

Sig New

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A Torch Against the Night | Waiting on Wednesday [#15]

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Hey guys!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

So here’s what I’m waiting on this week!


A Torch Against the Night

Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #2
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016

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A Torch Against the NightA Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

 

Why I’m Waiting

 

An Ember in the Ashes was an explosive hit last year. So much so that it warranted a sequel to be written! For a book that was intended to be a stand alone, to then get a sequel is huge!


What has you guys waiting this week? Let me know down below!

Until next time,

Sig New

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Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | Apr 18 – Apr 24

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Hey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of Apr 18 – Apr 24. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

FANTASY

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu (The Young Elites #3)

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

October 11th 2016

The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu.

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes #2)

Published by Razorbill

August 30th 2016

A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova (Air Awakens #5)

Published by Self Published

July 12th 2016

One bloodthirsty ruler has been overthrown by another, casting the shadow of death over the Solaris Empire. Vhalla Yarl stands upon the stage of fate, prepared to do battle one final time. Fragile alliances will be tested and new bonds will be formed as the world is reshaped. She fights as the champion of peace, but when the night is darkest will she be able to pay the price of a new dawn?

Branded by Eric Smith (Inked #2)

Published by Bloomsbury Spark

September 6th 2016

Eric Smith returns to the world of Inked in this adventurous new sequel. No longer a sheltered farmboy, Caenum is caught in the crossfire of the rebellion he ignited. As the final battle with the Citadel approaches, he must choose his own destiny one last time…or let the Citadel choose it for him.

Sci-Fi

Starfall

Starfall by Melissa Landers (Starflight #2)

Published by Disney-Hyperion

February 7th 2017

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage to a bloodthirsty prince and prevent a coup, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a lowly ship hand, she finally has the chance to return home and make peace, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend… with occasional benefits.


Well that’s it for this week! Are you looking forward to any of these books? Let me know in the comments below! Stay tuned for next weeks cover reveals!

Until next time,

Sig New

March 2016 BIRTHDAY / Book Haul

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Hey guys!

This past month has definitely been a jammed packed one that’s for sure! I started my new position at my new store, celebrated my birthday, hosted a giveaway, went to the Indigo Summer Preview night, and went to Toronto Comic Con. Overall it was a pretty great month and I have acquired a lot of books in the process. So let’s get started!


INDIGO

Silver Eve by Sandra Waugh

Published by Random House Children’s Books

Released September 22nd, 2015

Series: Guardians of Tarnec #2

Hardcover

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Published by Balzer + Bray

Released February 16th 2016

Series: Ravenspire #1

Hardcover

Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber

Published by HarperCollins

Released June 2nd, 2015

Series: Storm Siren #2

Hardcover

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Published by Voyager

Released August 2nd, 2011

Series: The Broken Empire #1

Paperback

King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Published by Voyager

Released August 7th, 2012

Series: The Broken Empire #2

Paperback

Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Published by Voyager

Released August 6th, 2013

Series: The Broken Empire #3

Paperback

Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence

Published by Ace

Released June 3rd, 2014

Series: The Red Queen’s War #1

Hardcover

Half Bad by Sally Green

Published by Viking Books for Young Readers

Released March 4th, 2014

Series: The Half Bad Trilogy #1

Hardcover

Fairest by Marissa Meyers

Published by Feiwal & Friends

Released January 27th 2015

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5

Paperback

EXIT, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers

Released March 15th, 2016

Series: Standalone

Hardcover

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Released March 8th, 2016

Series: The Dark Artifices #1

Hardcover

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Published by Razorbill

Released April 28th, 2015

Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1

Hardcover


BMV Used Books

Afterlife with Archie Vol. 1: Escape from Riverdale by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Published by Archie Comics

Released June 10th, 2014

Series: Afterlife with Archie #1

Graphic Novel

Archie Vol. 1 by Mark Waid

Published by Archie Comics

Released March 29th 2016

Series: Archie #1

Graphic Novel


OWLCRATE

The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

Published by Razorbill

Released January 26th, 2016

Series: Standalone

February 2016 Box

Hardcover

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Published by Random House

Released March 8th, 2016

Series: Standalone

March 2016 Box

Hardcover


BIRTHDAY

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Published by HarperTeen

Released February 9th 2016

Series: Reign of Shadows #1

Hardcover

Front Lines by Michael Grant

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

Released January 26th, 2016

Series: Soldier Girl #1

Hardcover


That was definitely a big month for me! Did you guys pick up any of these books too? See you next month!

Until next time,

Sig 3

 

 

Mid Year Book Freak Out | TAG

Mid-Year-Book-FreakoutHey guys!

Guess who’s behind in the trends again? Oh right, that’s me! So I know we’re already passed this point in the year, but I thought who cares! There have been so many great reads so far that I thought I would let you guys know what they were. So sit back and relax because here we go!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2015

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens AgendaSimon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli has been the best book I’ve read so far. I have never been so eager and excited to read a story like I was before I picked this guy up. I connected with Simon a lot and I couldn’t wait to see what happened to him next. From the beginning to the middle to the end I absolutely enjoyed every page!


2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2015

CressCress by Marissa Meyer has been the best sequel I have read so far this year. The Lunar Chronicles has been a bit on the shaky side for me. It started out pretty rough with the first book, it got better in the second, and then the third (Cress), just blew me away! I had so much fun reading it. It was very exciting and action packed with character developments, back stories, adventures and more!


3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

An Ember in the AshesAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. This book has been hyped up so much that it kind of scares me to even read it. It started out as a stand alone but the success has launched it into a trilogy I believe. So I’m not in a big rush to read it now, but I know I will eventually get it probably this year or the beginning of 2016!


4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Frozen TidesFrozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes. The Falling Kingdoms series is hands down my favorite of all time. It has everything I want in a story and more. So of course the fourth book in the series is the one I’m most anticipating for in the second half of the year. I’m dying to get my hands on a copy and fly back into the world of Mytica!


5. Biggest disappointment

Althea & OliverAlthea and Oliver by Christina Moracho has been the biggest disappointment of the year so far. I was looking forward to this book for a very long time. When I finally got to read it, I hated almost every minute of it. The way the story turned was a huge disappointment and I have never been let down so hard by a book in my life.


6. Biggest surprise

Red QueenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I was looking forward to this book for a long time. It began getting so much hype and all the booktubers and book bloggers I like, trust and follow were hating it. Whether they were hating the story itself or the way the author presented herself on social media, I was getting a bad taste in my mouth. But never the less I like to form my own opinions on books and decided to read it months after its release and I quite enjoyed it! Going in with super low expectations and I left the book with the biggest surprise!


7. Favorite new author – debut or new to you

The Last SeekerFleur Camacho, the indie author of the TRISTEN fantasy series has become my new favorite author. I read her debut novel at the beginning of the year and I quite enjoyed it. We have stayed in contact since then and she graciously asks for my opinion on book covers and future plot lines. I’m absolutely grateful for her advice and friendship since then! You guys need to seriously go check out her book!


8. Newest fictional crush

A Court of Thorns and RosesTamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Who doesn’t fall in love with the Beast? Tamlin is rugged, brave, strong, loving, and sexy. He is a great leader and a great lover. He pays great attention to detail and is always there for Feyre when he’s not being held captive by the evil bitch Amarantha.


9. Newest favorite character

Saga Vol. 1Marko from the Saga graphic novel series! Ever since reading the first volume I have been obsessed with Marko. He is so cute and lovable towards Alana and Hazel, but when there is danger to his family, he is ruthless and will do anything to protect them. Very honorable in my books!


10. Book that made you cry

The Fault in Our StarsSo I reread The Fault in Our Stars by John Green after 3 years and it still had me balling my eyes out. Even though I knew what was coming, the water works just wouldn’t stop. I hate crying, so I love hate the books that make me do it! I’m not a pretty cryer.


11. Book that made you happy

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling. Yes I know I late on this. And yes because of the movies I already knew what was going to happen, but it never the less put a smile on my face while reading it. My only regret is not having read the books sooner! I still have a lot to catch up on in the Harry Potter world!


12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year

I would say Paper Towns by John Green, but I still have yet to see the movie. So I’ll just have to leave this one blank for now.


13. Favorite review you’ve written this year

Red RisingRed Rising by Pierce Brown has been my favorite review so far this year! I had a lot of fun reading the book and an even more enjoyable time writing the review for it! If you haven’t checked it out you can do so HERE to find out my I liked it so much!


14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

The Last ChangelingBy beautiful I’m hoping it means the cover? Because if so I would say The Last Changeling by Chelsea Pitcher! Just look at that glorious cover. The colors, the art and the light reflections are just beautiful!


15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

More Happy Than Not Fangirl The Heart of Betrayal

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson. All three of these books are burning holes in my TBR and need to be read ASAP!


Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you’re freaking out about any of these books as well! I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for me and my blog!

Until next time,

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Hyped Books I’ve Never Read | Top 10 Tuesdays

Top10TuesdayHey guys!

I’ve decided to join the Top 10 Tuesday Weekly fun on my blog because why the hell not? 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 weeks topic is the Top 10 Hyped Books I’ve Never Read. I had a teeny bit of trouble gathering ten books for this list because I am always reading the hyped up books when they come out. I just can’t help it. I mean what’s the point of all the hype if the book isn’t any good? So the books I put on this list are the hyped books I have yet to read, because lets face it, I’m going to read them sooner or later!

10) The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze RunnerI’ve seen the movie and I’ve been slacking on picking up this book. Maybe 2015 will be the year I do it!

9) I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the SunThis has been recommended to me from several different people. It has won awards. The plot sounds like a book I would love. All this awesomeness and I have yet to read it.

8) Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork AngelI am slowly but surely getting through The Mortal Instruments series so I can finally start the prequel to it all. I’m only several years behind the hype.

7) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlNaturally after reading Eleanor and Park I wanted to immediately start Fangirl… but…but…yeah. I still haven’t read it.

6) The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

The Final EmpireBooktube exploded with this book and has literally hyped this book up so much that I want to go as far as to purchase the UK covers. Come on, just look at the beauty of them!

5) A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

A Game of ThronesYes this book is huge and wordy. And yes I will eventually read it. I just have to grow some balls first.

4) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven BoysI am finally going to cave and read this book. I purchased it and it’s close up on the TBR list. Look out for it soon!

3) Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and BoneSame goes for this glory! After seeing the hype for Six of Crows, a story held in the same world as this one, I will naturally have to read this one first!

2) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red RisingThis freaking book has been taunting me on my TBR list for so goddamn long. I’ve already started it but have since put it down. Not because its not interesting or good, I’m just weird like that.

1) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the AshesOk, this book. Do I even have to say anything? It was so good that it went from being a standalone book to a freaking series. It’s so hyped I don’t even know what to do with it! Duh, I will read it.

Well there you have it. The Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read. Let me know what you guys think of my list and share with me what are some of your hyped books you have yet to read.

See ya next time,

Jesse Nicholas

@BooksatDawn