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Six for Sunday – November 10, 2019

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

Books with Blue Covers


1. SPIN THE DAWN
Maia is the epitome of a strong, female character. Just like in Mulan, with no eligible male heir able to assist the emperor, Maia takes it upon herself to represent her family and restore honor to their name. In a time where women hold no power, she takes it upon herself to swallow her pride, dress like her brother, and hide her true identity from everyone else.

2. THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK
In a story of deceit, death, peace, and most importantly, family, The Girl the Sea Gave Back doesn’t disappoint! This novel left me wanting more and I can see so many more spin-offs that Young can grace us with (please, pretty please!).

3. SHIVER
What I loved most about this novel is the ending! There were two things that threw me off guard, although one was kind of predictable. Loves of Twilight will love this, however, it is completely different than Twilight. More like lovers of Jacob Black will love this.

4. HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS
Craig introduces readers to a place where ghosts roam freely, death could be the next step you take, and nothing is truly as it appears. The author does a great job of creating the creepy murder mystery atmosphere, but adds a touch of paranormal into the picture.

5. THE WICKED KING
The Wicked King gives readers the debauchery and treachery similar to that of George R.R. Martin’s works. The character development is phenomenal. I am pleasantly surprised by this second novel not being a fluffer and actually having a plot line. The last third of the book is sure to give readers a ride and leave them wanting more.

6. MISERY
King is one of the best authors out there and it is apparent in this work. Misery takes readers into the psychological mind of King where obsession, addiction, and overcoming adversity rules.

Bookish Features

First Lines Friday – November 8, 2019

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!

One way or another, we feed the Crows.

Saborian proverb

 

On nights you burn sinners, sleep with your sandals on.

— advice for a young Crow chief

 


ABOUT THE BOOK

The Merciful Crow

Title: The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow, #1)
Author: Margaret Owen
Rating: ★★★★★

A future chieftain.

Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.

A fugitive prince.

When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.

A too-cunning bodyguard.

Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?

Book Reviews

Misery by Stephen King

MiseryTitle: Misery
Author: Stephen King
Rating: ★★★★

The #1 national bestseller about a famous novelist held hostage by his “number one fan” and suffering a frightening case of writer’s block—that could prove fatal. One of “Stephen King’s best…genuinely scary” (USA TODAY).

Paul Sheldon is a bestselling novelist who has finally met his number one fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes, and she is more than a rabid reader—she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also furious that the author has killed off her favorite character in his latest book. Annie becomes his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.

Annie wants Paul to write a book that brings Misery back to life—just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an axe. And if they don’t work, she can get really nasty.

“Terrifying” (San Francisco Chronicle), “dazzlingly well-written” (The Indianapolis Star), and “truly gripping” (Publishers Weekly), Misery is “classic Stephen King…full of twists and turns and mounting suspense” (The Boston Globe).

Misery is a story of an author trapped in Stockholm syndrome with his #1 Fan. Author, Paul Sheldon, escaped away to focus on writing his newest piece of work when he was involved in an automobile accident. #1 Fan and former nurse, Annie Wilkes finds Sheldon after the accident and nurses him back to health. Body broken, Sheldon is held captive in an upset Wilkes’ house. His only way to stay alive is by writing Annie Wilkes’ favorite character Misery back alive after her death in the previous novel. Afraid to make the wrong, movie Sheldon is forced to do as Annie pleases or suffer the consequences.

The aspect I loved the most about the novel was that the reader was able to read Sheldon’s chapters on Misery, you know the “story inside a story”. I loved that! Compared to King’s other novels, this was a much faster read to me, quite possibly because it is more realistic than the other novels by the author that I have read.

Annie was such an interested and clever character. One second you think that Paul will get away with whatever plan he has next, and she was always a few steps ahead, but was very precise in when she would bring up Paul’s attempt at escape.

What is most interesting is that we were reading about an author. In some ways, it felt like we were inside King’s head in possibly how he “dreams up” his ideas on novels to write.

King is one of the best authors out there and it is apparent in this work. Misery takes readers into the psychological mind of King where obsession, addiction, and overcoming adversity rules. I’m so excited to watch the movie!

Bookish Features

Waiting on Wednesday – November 6, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

Tears of Frost by Bree Barton

Tears of Frost

From Goodreads:

The electric second book in the Heart of Thorns trilogy explores the effects of power in a dark magical kingdom—and the fierce courage it takes to claim your body as your own.

Mia Rose is back from the dead. Her memories are hazy, her body numb—but she won’t stop searching. Her only hope to save the boy she loves and the sister who destroyed her is to find the mother she can never forgive. Pilar is on a hunt of her own. Betrayed by her mother, and plagued by a painful secret, she’s determined to seek out the only person who can exact revenge. All goes according to plan… until she collides with Prince Quin, the boy whose sister she killed.

As Mia, Pilar, and Quin forge dangerous new alliances, they are bewitched by the snow kingdom’s promise of freedom and opportunity. But with the winter solstice drawing near, they must confront the truth beneath the glimmering ice, as lines between friend, foe, and lover vanish like snowflakes on a flame.

See my review for Heart of Thorns here.
See my review for Tears of Frost here.

Book Reviews, Bookish Features

[BLOG TOUR] Tears of Frost (Heart of Thorns, #2) by Bree Barton

Tears of Frost Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Tears of Frost book tour! Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club for organizing the tour and allowing me to participate as a tour stop!


ABOUT THE BOOK

Tears of Frost2

Title: TEARS OF FROST (Heart of Thorns, #2)
Author: Bree Barton
Pub. Date: November 5, 2019
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Formats: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&N, iTunes, TBD, Kobo, Google Books

The electric second book in the Heart of Thorns trilogy explores the effects of power in a dark magical kingdom—and the fierce courage it takes to claim your body as your own.

Mia Rose is back from the dead. Her memories are hazy, her body numb—but she won’t stop searching. Her only hope to save the boy she loves and the sister who destroyed her is to find the mother she can never forgive. Pilar is on a hunt of her own. Betrayed by her mother, and plagued by a painful secret, she’s determined to seek out the only person who can exact revenge. All goes according to plan… until she collides with Prince Quin, the boy whose sister she killed.

As Mia, Pilar, and Quin forge dangerous new alliances, they are bewitched by the snow kingdom’s promise of freedom and opportunity. But with the winter solstice drawing near, they must confront the truth beneath the glimmering ice, as lines between friend, foe, and lover vanish like snowflakes on a flame.


REVIEW

Compared to the last novel, this one started out action-packed! I knew from the first 100 pages that I was going to enjoy this installment better than the first (and that is rare for me!).

I think what readers will enjoy most is the parallels the novel portrays to our present. This is definitely a “girl power” novel. Note that there are some scenes containing sexual abuse that could make readers uncomfortable. Depression also makes a presence in the novel.

I loved the growth we see, not only from our characters, but from the author herself. The confidence is apparent in the writing. Tears of Frost has a million times more depth than Heart of Thorns. As readers, we get to experience the pain and suffering the characters experience, we embark on the same journeys through the struggles of family expectations, and finally, we get to experience the characters overcoming adversity and becoming their own people.

Barton is an author unlike anyone else. Tackling touchy issues in the way she knows best: writing, Barton takes readers on a journey of unlikely friendships struggling with alcoholism, sexual assault, depression, and suicidal ideation until finally, finding themselves.

★★★

See my review for Heart of Thorns here.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bree Barton

Bree Barton is the author of Heart of Thorns (KT/HArperCollins 2018), the first in a series of fierce feminist fantasy novels. Her books have been published in seven countries and four languages. When she’s not crafting story, Bree teaches dance and writing to teen girls. You can find her on Instagram @SpeakBreely. She lives in Los Angeles but dreams of the northern lights.

Follow Bree:
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GIVEAWAY

1st Prize
Win a TEARS OF FROST bundle: signed hardcover copies of HoT and ToF, HoT bookmark, ToF bookmark, HoT candle, ToF candle (US ONLY)

2nd Prize
Win a TEARS OF FROST goodies bundle: signed bookplate, HoT bookmark, ToF bookmark, and a customized poem in the style of the epigraph (INT)

Starts: October 30th, 2019
Ends: November 13th, 2019

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EXTRAS

 


October 30th

October 31st

Careful of Books – Review
Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes
Utopia State of Mind – Review + Favourite Quotes
Risah’s Book Blog – Promotional Post

November 1st

L.M. Durand – Guest Post
Luchia Houghton Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Favourite Quotes

November 2nd

NovelKnight – Guest Post
Bookishly Nerdy – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Caffeinated Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes
Bookish Looks – Promotional Post

November 3rd

Reads Like Supernovae – Review + Favourite Quotes
Dazzled by Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Book Bratz – Promotional Post

November 4th

Wishful Endings – Interview
Wine, Tea, & Paper – Review + Favourite Quotes
Polish & Paperbacks – Promotional Post

November 5th

Kait Plus Books – Interview
Synopses by Sarge – Review
Novel Nerd Faction – Review + Playlist
Oh Hey! Books. – Promotional Post