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First Lines Friday – March 27, 2020

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words. The meme is based on the idea that instead of judging a book by its cover, author, prestige, we judge it instead by its opening line(s). You can check out my review of the book here!

Leon hated Vahrian airships, but since unloading them put beers on his table, he faked a smile as he picked up the crate.
“Good evening, Captain”, he said.
I hope you fall in the sea and drown, he thought.



Across the Broken Stars

Title: Across the Broken Stars
Author: Jed Herne
Rating: ★★★★

Leon has a secret. He was once an angel – a winged warrior sworn to protect Paya, a realm where people live on discs that float in space.

He failed.

Now Leon’s a broken man, trying to forget the past. He thinks he’s the last angel. But then a young fugitive stumbles onto Leon’s doorstep. She’s an angel, too. And she has a riddle leading to a place where angels still live. Or so the stories claim …

Desperate for redemption, Leon begins a perilous quest through myth and folklore. But will Leon and the fugitive find their legendary destination? Or will Leon lose his last chance for salvation?

Brutal and gripping, this is a story about a flawed man’s search for forgiveness.

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April 2020 Young Adult Subscription Box Spoilers


About the box:

Memories are precious things, aren’t they? They play a significant role in our featured book of the month and this theme revolves around memories, whether they’re good or bad, forgotten or unforgettable, hidden or exposed.

In this box you can expect items inspired by Throne of GlassThe BeautifulHarry PotterDaughter of Smoke and Bone and more! This box will also include Volume III of the collectible secret book designed by @noverantale, and this is the most beautiful one yet – Nova has outdone herself!

Our featured book of the month is set in a world inspired by Inquisition-era Spain, where magic is feared and rebels are trying to overthrow the crown. This tale of revenge, love and magic had us hooked from page one and we are still reeling from the twist at the end. The FairyLoot exclusive edition will have an EXCLUSIVE COVERSPRAYED EDGESARTWORK ON THE REVERSE OF THE DUST JACKET by @taratjah and will be SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR!

My Guess:


From Goodreads:

I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.

Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.

Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.

When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.

But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.

LitJoy Crate
Ride or Die

April Theme: Women Warriors; Theme art by @maggie.rose

About the Box:

This April, LitJoy is kicking butt and taking names! We are riding horseback into battle, yielding our sword, and saving our kingdom. With our cunning mind we will overthrow a full space station. The courage in our hearts will aid us in our quest to destroy a darker evil. Our royal bloodline will be preserved and our family honored by our heroism. Yes, this April is a full celebration of iconic literary Women Warriors!

About the Book

Our April title is a triumphant stand-alone epic fantasy that you will not be able to put down! It begins with a tragedy that leaves our heroine without a family, home, or royal prestige. When all hope seems lost, she hatches a plan that will win her back her destiny and reveal the true danger in her path!

LitJoy Crate Book Customizations

  • Signed by the author
  • Tip-in Artwork by @taratjah
  • Reversible Dust Jacket Artwork by @taratjah
  • Author Letter & art print separate from the book

About the Items

In this crate, you’ll find items representing these fandoms:

  • Wonder Woman
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Game of Thrones
  • Sorcery of Thorns
  • Mulan

My Guess:

Empire of Dreams

From Goodreads:

New York Times-bestselling author Rae Carson makes a triumphant return to the world of her award-winning Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy in this extraordinary stand-alone novel. With action, adventure, and a heroine set on destroying the patriarchal limits meant to keep her in her place, The Empire of Dreams once again proves that Rae Carson is a master of epic fantasy.

Even though Red Sparkle Stone is a foundling orphan with an odd name and a veiled past, she’s about to be adopted into the royal family—by Empress Elisa herself. Sixteen-year-old Red can hardly believe her luck. Then, in a stunning political masterstroke, the empress’s greatest rival blocks the adoption, and Red is left with no family and no future.

Grieving and lost, but determined to find her place, Red hatches a daring plan: she will prove herself as a recruit for the world’s most elite fighting force, the legendary Royal Guard—something no woman has done before. But it’s no coincidence that someone wanted her to fail as a princess, someone whose shadowy agenda puts everything she loves at risk. As danger closes in, it will be up to Red and her new friends—and maybe some new enemies—to save the empire. If they can survive recruitment year.

Full Moon Magic

About the Box:

We know this is quite early, but we couldn’t wait to share our upcoming April theme with you!
The theme of the April box is… FULL MOON MAGIC!

The book we’ve chosen for April is an addictive fantasy all about a group of women and girls who use the power of the moon to help the souls of the dead pass over. It’s filled with fierce female friendship, forbidden romance, interesting magic and more. This book is a March release, but we fell head over heels in love with it and knew we simply had to feature it in a box!

We are including an amazing exclusive edition of the book, which will have an EXCLUSIVE COVER and SPRAYED EDGES. The book will also be SIGNED and come with a letter from the author.

There will be items inspired by Professor Lupin (Harry Potter)Oscar WildeWinterwoodShatter Me and more. We designed these items so that any bookworm could enjoy them, and they feature some lovely minimalist artwork. We truly think these goodies will appeal to everyone! We can’t wait to share sneak peeks next month!

Yayyyy! There is so much epic bookish fun coming your way over the next few months. We seriously can’t wait to see what you think of what we’ve put together. Thank you all so much for continuously inspiring us to make our boxes better and better.

My Guess:

Bone Crier's Moon

From Goodreads:

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.

Are you purchasing any of these boxes?! Do you agree with my guesses or do you think something else?! Comment and let me know! 🙂

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WWW Wednesday – March 25, 2020

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you just finish reading?
What are you going to read next?

Currently Reading:

I am currently reading Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox, #3) by Julie Kagawa,  All The Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace, and The Last Wish (The Witcher, #0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski.

Just Finished:

The Shadows Between Us

I recently finished reading The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller.

Reading Next:

The Chisholm Trail Bride

Next, I will be reading The Chisholm Trail Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower, #12) by Kathleen Y’Barbo.

What’s on your WWW Wednesday this week? Be sure to comment below and I’ll check it out!

Book Reviews

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

The Shadows Between UsTitle: The Shadows Between Us
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Rating: ★★★★★

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

This was a highly anticipated novel for me for 2020 and this did not disappoint!

in you, I found my match. In you, I found my equal.

I loved this! Originally being sorted into the Slytherin house (I’ve softened over the years and am a Gryffindor now), we see two people who are very much Slytherins. Alessandra’s the ultimate player. Knowing exactly how to play men so that they keep coming back for more, she plans to do the same with the Shadow King. By both characters feigning interest in one another, the competition to not give in slowly finds themselves falling for one another. Both characters have committed unforgivable crimes, yet, they never try to justify their actions. They take accountability and back their decisions.

I think that when you care enough for someone, you reach a point where it’s far more painful not to have him at all than to have him and risk losing him. You realize the risk is worth it. Because happiness, however short-lived, is always worth it.

The interactions between the characters was believable. We see the characters fail. We see the doubt, uncertainty, and fear. Even the romance aspect was believable. This is something lacking in most Young Adult novels today. Usually, the romance is rushed and comes out of nowhere. The actions, the interaction, and the emotions all felt believable given the circumstances.

I won’t hide behind shadows. I won’t love you from afar. I won’t only take parts of you. I want all of you. Mind, body, soul. I want to be with you. Always.

What I didn’t like was that the novel was slightly predictable. Early on, I targeted the betrayer, however, I did not understand the relationship or why as to why the betrayal was committed. I also am heartbroken that this was a standalone novel. I understand why. The novel was so well-written and pieced beautifully together. I just didn’t want it to end!

The Shadows Between Us is a story of betrayal, revenge, and the ability and openness to change through the power of love.

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Six for Sunday – March 22, 2020

#SixforSunday is a weekly meme hosted by Steph @ A Little But a Lot.

Six Characters I’d Love to Go on a Date With

1. Fiske, Sky in the Deep, Adrienne Young

2. Kallias, The Shadows Between Us, Tricia Levenseller

3. Finnick, Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

4. Viktor Krum or Oliver Wood, Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling

5. Brekken, Havenfall, Sara Holland

6. Aragorn, The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien