Book Reviews

The Camelot Betrayal (Camelot Rising, #2) by Kiersten White

The Camelot BetrayalTitle: The Camelot Betrayal (Camelot Rising, #2)
Author: Kiersten White
Rating: ★★★★

The second book in a new fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, exploring the nature of self, the inevitable cost of progress, and, of course, magic and romance and betrayal so epic Queen Guinevere remains the most famous queen who never lived.

EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of darkness and unknowable power plague her.

Guinevere might have accepted her role, but she still cannot find a place for herself in all of it. The closer she gets to Brangien, pining for her lost love Isolde, Lancelot, fighting to prove her worth as Queen’s knight, and Arthur, everything to everyone and thus never quite enough for Guinevere–the more she realizes how empty she is. She has no sense of who she truly was before she was Guinevere. The more she tries to claim herself as queen, the more she wonders if Mordred was right: she doesn’t belong. She never will.

When a rescue goes awry and results in the death of something precious, a devastated Guinevere returns to Camelot to find the greatest threat yet has arrived. Not in the form of the Dark Queen or an invading army, but in the form of the real Guinevere’s younger sister. Is her deception at an end? And who is she really deceiving–Camelot, or herself?

The Camelot Betrayal is the continuation of the fantasy retelling of King Arthur. In a world where kingdom comes before love and magic is forbidden, readers continue on Guinevere’s journey of magic, friendship, love, fealty to the kingdom, and self-discovery.

In the second installment, White brings readers into the complicated and confusing head of Guinevere. After being betrayed by a love, learning how to wield powers for the good of the kingdom (the same powers that could put her in jeopardy of being found out), and blaming herself for the wickedness that plagues the land, Guinevere has more going on than she can handle. We discover the inner workings of our protagonist in a real way: both her strengths and her weaknesses.

While I enjoyed the character building, I felt that the story lacked a little action. Typical for most trilogies, I wanted to be “wowed” and felt a little disappointed. This felt like an entirely different plot line and, I believe, could’ve been emitted from the story entirely without losing any substance. My only objection is that I enjoyed learning more about the relationship between Guinevere and Mordred.

The Camelot Betrayal is a story of the power of friendship, loyalty, and how our own minds can betray us. White brings readers a story of a protagonist who questions herself: her decisions, her friends, and even those closest to her heart; a protagonist who has flaws but is loved despite them, will do anything for the people she loves, and most importantly, who learns from her mistakes.

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Massive Book/Bookish Fun Unload on Poshmark

Hi Everyone,

I know it has been a while, and I’m sorry to inform you that this is not one of my typical blog posts.

I’m trying to “declutter” (not sure if that will ever be possible) and unfortunately, I don’t have enough room for all of my bookish belongings.

Soooo…I’m hoping to unload on you or any other bookish friends through my Poshmark.

Bundle and I’ll make deals, or if there is a specific edition of a book or item you are looking for that I don’t have listed, please inquire and I may be able to part with that item.

I’m planning on posting the rest of my massive unhaul this weekend, so keep an eye out!

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Goodbye

Good morning fellow bloggers and readers,

I am just writing to let you know that I will no longer be posting. I’m not for sure how long, maybe forever. As many of you know, I haven’t had FaceBook or SnapChat in over five years. Any of the other platforms aside from LinkedIn and Goodreads, (and this blog), I have never had (besides for when someone made a Instagram account of me, which was hell to delete!).

Unfortunately, I have always viewed social media as an unnecessary evil. I’m not being condescending for anyone else who does have it; it just isn’t for me.

As for the blog, I appreciate all of the support I have received from everyone over the years and would love to keep in contact with those of you who have interest! As time went by, I found myself almost “forcing” myself to write posts or reviews, and not enjoying it as much. What I believe is the “killer” of my blog for myself is that I wasn’t always reading what wanted to read. Reading wasn’t as fun anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I read a lot of great books, but there are so many hanging out in my TBR that I still need to read/want to read more. And sometimes, quite frankly, I don’t want to write a review (insert shruggy shoulders emoji).

I’ve always told myself I need to live in the moment more, stop living by the deadlines I give myself, and actually enjoy the moment. So, that is what I intend to do. And for me, that is time away to focus on things I want to do, my empire (my two side businesses), and enjoying the beautiful weather outside.

I wish you all of the best on this journey and DO NOT hesitate to reach out if you need anything (support, a laugh, or just a friend)!

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First Lines Friday – June 5, 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!

Once, there were four Houses of France.
Like all the other Houses within the Order of Babel, the French faction swore to                  safeguard the location of their Babel Fragment, the source of all Forging power.
Forging was a power of creation rivaled only by the work of God.
But one House fell.
And another House’s line died without an heir.
Now all that is left is a secret.

 


ABOUT THE BOOK

The Gilded WolvesTitle: The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Rating: ★★★

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

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FairyLoot March 2020 “Break the Curse” Box

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Bone Crier’s Moon
FairyLoot Exclusive Edition, Beautiful Shimmery Sprayed Edges, Exclusive Foil on the Title, Artwork on the Reverse of the Dust Jacket by @dianadworak, and Signed by the Author
Kathryn Purdie


Did you get the March 2020 FairyLoot “Break the Curse” Box?
What did you think? I loved the tumbler and book sleeve!

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Give Off Summer Vibes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

READ

1. The Court of Miracles, Kester Grant

2. All the Stars and Teeth, Adalyn Grace

3. Night of the Dragon, Julie Kagawa

4.  Tweet Cute, Emma Lord

5.  Heart of Flames, Nicki Pau Preto

 

TBR

1. Sisters of Sword & Song, Rebecca Ross

2. Girl, Serpent, Thorn, Melissa Bashardoust

3. The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass, Adan Jerreat-Poole

4.  Where Dreams Descend, Janella Angeles

5.  Forest of Souls, Lori M. Lee

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First Lines Friday – May 29, 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!

Once upon a time there was a nobleman, who took for a second wife
the haughtiest and proudest woman that had ever been seen….
The husband, on his side, had a daughter, of unexampled
gentleness and goodness.
She inherited these qualities from her mother,
who had been the best creature in the world.
– Cinderella, or, The Little Glass Slipper


ABOUT THE BOOK

The BeholderTitle: The Beholder (The Beholder, #1)
Author: Anna Bright
Rating: ★★★★

Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.

But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.

From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.

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June 2020 Young Adult Subscription Box Spoilers

FairyLoot
A Different Kind of Magic

About the box:

We all love magic and this month we wanted to celebrate unique magic systems − magic that is a little out of the ordinary, or not quite what you have come to expect. The types of magic that make you think, that make you wonder, that make you wish!

You can expect items inspired by The Bone Season, Avatar The Last AirbenderThe Starless SeaThe Shadows Between UsAlice in Wonderland and Blood Heir! We are thrilled to reveal that this box will have TWO BOOKS! The second book in this box is a YA release that won’t be released until spring 2021… and this beautiful paperback edition will have an EXCLUSIVE FOIL-FILLED COVER and SPRAYED EDGES!

Our featured book of the month is a tale of destiny and sisterhood, filled with shaman magic. In this epic story, newly awakened abilities are tested as darkness looms and the kingdom is on the brink of war. This FairyLoot exclusive edition will have an EXCLUSIVE COVER, ARTWORK ON THE REVERSE OF THE DUST JACKET and will be SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR!

My Guess:

Forest of Sould

From Goodreads:

Danger lurks within the roots of Forest of Souls, an epic, unrelenting tale of destiny and sisterhood, perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Susan Dennard.

Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.

Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.


LitJoy Crate
Mythical Gods

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

About the Box:

They say the gods are a myth . . . but we know the true story. This summer, join LitJoy on a quest to find the mythical gods! Drop everything and travel with us to the City of Weep—where a goddess of nightmares awaits. Wage the seas to find Circe on her lush island of witchcraft. Hold fast to your courage as we fly with the legions of Valkyrie! And find new friends, foes, and answers as Percy Jackson and Hercules discover the god within.

About the Book

Based on Greek mythology, LitJoy’s June title is a tale of the unbreakable bonds of family and just how far our heroine will go to save the ones she loves. Told with a beautiful lyrical voice, this story is one of framed murder, retribution, intricate plotting, political intrigue, and fascinating divinity-based magic! A must read!

LitJoy Crate Book Customizations

  • Signed by the author
  • Reversible dust jacket artwork by @zirael_art
  • Tip-in page artwork by @kirsty.carter.art
  • Author Letter & art print separate from the book

About the Items

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

  • Percy Jackson
  • Hercules
  • Circe
  • Valkyrie
  • Strange the Dreamer

My Guess:

Sisters of Sword and Song

From Goodreads:

From the author of The Queen’s Rising comes a thrilling YA stand-alone fantasy about the unbreakable bond between sisters. Perfect for fans of Ember in the Ashes, Sky in the Deep, and Court of Fives.

After eight long years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been proudly serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon appears earlier than expected, Eva knows something has gone terribly wrong. Halcyon is on the run, hunted by her commander and charged with murder.

Though Halcyon’s life is spared during her trial, the punishment is heavy. And when Eva volunteers to serve part of Halcyon’s sentence, she’s determined to find out exactly what happened. But as Eva begins her sentence, she quickly learns that there are fates much worse than death.


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All The World’s A Stage

About the Box:

Come one, come all! The theme of our upcoming June box is… ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE! Our June box is all about grand performances and magical stages, whether they be at carnivals, the circus or a Shakespeare play! Our June book features a fierce female magician abandoning everything she’s ever known for a shot at greatness. This enchanting book is an August release that we’ve been given permission to send out early!

We are including a truly spectacular edition of the book, and will be doing something we’ve never done before! The book will not include a dust jacket – instead, it will feature a stunning exclusive foil cover printed directly on the hardcover. The book will also have exclusive endpapers and will be signed by the author! We truly can’t wait for you to see this stunning book!

Items included will be inspired by The Night CircusThe Greatest ShowmanAce of ShadesShakespeare and more! The items are a wonderful mix of useful, delicious and selfcare goodies.

My Guess:

Where Drems Descend

From Goodreads:

In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide

Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.


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 – May 27, 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 Mirage (Mirage, #1) by Somaiya Daud, The Summer We Found the Baby by Amy Hest, and Animals We Are by Valerie Brandy.

Just Finished:

I recently finished reading Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke and Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace, #1) by Kathryn Purdie.

Reading Next:

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Next, I will be reading More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn.

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