Review of Perfect Ruin

Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Welcome to my last post of 2014! It's my spoiler-free review of Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano and I hope you all enjoy!

Book:  Perfect Ruin
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 
Genre: Young Adult, 
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Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan's older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.


Review: Wow. Wow. Wow. I throughly enjoyed this book way more than I initially thought I would. It was exciting from start to finish with plenty of unexpected twists!

The protagonist, Morgan is not annoying and any small holes in the story are due to her not having the knowledge to fill them, which I liked because it made sense. I also throughly enjoyed her curiosity towards things since it did remove any of the possible information dumping that would have occurred had Morgan not seemed out the information herself.

The world and characters were both developed quite nicely and I really liked how we got glimpses here and there about how Internment isn't the best place, but also why its citizens like living there.

After reading the novel, I have come to realize that Lauren DeStefano truly has a way with words and that I am very excited to read more from her in the future!

Overall, this is definitely worth reading if you enjoy dystopians at all. 

Also, warning: it will leave you begging for the sequel!


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See you all in 2015!

- Hearts And Crowns

Review Of The Assassin and the Empire

Tuesday, 30 December 2014
Book:  The Assassin and the Empire (The Assassin's Blade)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
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Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: Celaena Sardothien is the assassin with everything: a place to call her own, the love of handsome Sam, and, best of all, freedom. Yet, she won’t be truly free until she is far away from her old master, Arobynn Hamel; Celaena must take one last daring assignment that will liberate her forever. But having it all, means you have a lot to lose . . . 

This fourth fantastic e-novella gives readers an inside look at the characters who appear in the full-length novel Throne of Glass. Don’t miss out!

Review: A lot of people tend to know how this novella ends before they read it but, to me at least, it didn't come as any less of a shock when it happened.

The thing is, you don't know why Celaena was sent to Endovier when you read this book (again, Throne of Glass should be read AFTER The Assassin's Blade due to the fact that it contains SPOILERS for ALL of the novellas) and it takes you by surprise when you do.

I honestly could not have asked for a better ending to The Assassin's Blade especially since this one broke my heart but I still loved it.

I throughly enjoyed reading about the events leading up to Throne of Glass and just as a reminder, Throne of Glass should be read AFTER The Assassin's Blade due to the fact that it contains SPOILERS for ALL of the novellas.

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- Hearts And Crowns

Review Of The Assassin and the Underworld

Monday, 29 December 2014
Book:  The Assassin and the Underworld (The Assassin's Blade)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
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Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: When the King of the Assassins gives Celaena Sardothien a special assignment that will help fight slavery in the kingdom, she jumps at the chance to strike a blow against an evil practice. The misson is a dark and deadly affair which takes Celaena from the rooftops of the city to the bottom of the sewer--and she doesn't like what she finds there.

Review: The ending of this novella was like whoa there, how did this happen in that unexpectedly good way.

And Sam. How I adored Sam in this novella! (Too bad he's not in the rest of the books.)

It was amazing to see Celaena actually do her job as an assassin because you don't get to see too much of that in the other novellas/books. But it's okay because she does a lot of other awesome stuff in the other books.

Also, Sarah J. Maas continued to blow me away with her writing (which I was expecting).

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- Hearts And Crowns

Review Of The Assassin and the Desert

Sunday, 28 December 2014
Book:  The Assassin and the Desert (The Assassin's Blade)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
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Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren’t much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not there to chatter, she’s there to hone her craft as the world’s most feared killer for hire. When the quiet is shattered by forces who want to destroy the Silent Assassins, Celaena must find a way to stop them, or she’ll be lucky to leave the desert alive.

Review: Being my favourite novella of them all, I was very excited when I read Heir of Fire because of all the connections and references it made to a certain character. (This is why you need to read The Assassin's Blade before Throne of Glass.)

The entire setting was very exotic in a sense that the desert was the polar opposite of Rifthold which I enjoyed seeing because not too many fantasies have a large part of one of the books take place in the desert. It also affected the way the Silent Assassins were trained as opposed to the assassins trained in the Keep by Arobynn and I really enjoyed seeing how resourceful they were.

Also, Ansel is so awesome and I loved the friendship she had with Celaena.

Overall, as I mentioned before, this is my favourite novella and thus why I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!

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- Hearts And Crowns

Review Of The Assassin and the Healer

Saturday, 27 December 2014
Book:  The Assassin and the Healer (The Assassin's Blade)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
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Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: Meet the Assassin: beautiful, defiant, destined for greatness. Celaena Sardothien has challenged her master. Now she must pay the price. Her journey to the Red Desert will be an arduous one, but it may change the fate of her cursed world forever...

Review: Probably my least favourite novella of the five, but it might be due to the fact that I read this almost a year after the other novellas and while it was a piece of the story that I had felt was missing when I was reading The Assassin and the Desert, I would have been fine without it.

Don't worry, the writing is fabulous as always, but I didn't really like Yrene, which is okay because she only appears in this novella and nowhere else. Yrene is a very different character than Celaena and it was a bit too great of a difference for my tastes.

Overall, it's definitely worth reading!

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- Hearts And Crowns

Review Of The Assassin and the Pirate Lord

Friday, 26 December 2014
Book:  The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (The Assassin's Blade)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
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Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: A Throne of Glass novella.

On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She’s been sent by the Assassin’s Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes—and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about.


Review: This novella is the reason I fell in love with the world and all its characters. It was epic from start to finish and provided a great introduction to the series.

You find out a lot about Celaena and what kind of person she is and was before Endovier, and what her morals are.

The writing is spot-on and, in my opinion, no one else could have done this story justice the way Sarah did.

If you have yet to pick up this series, just go get The Assassin's Blade (the novella bind-up) and read it. I have a very strong feeling you will love it.

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- Hearts And Crowns

Weekly Round-Up #8 - December 20-26, 2014

Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

It's Friday! And also time for another Weekly Round-Up!

1) Until Midnight by Melissa Landers

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22614886-until-midnight?from_search=true

Summary: Don't miss the *free* romantic holiday story that connects ALIENATED and INVADED! 

Cara and Aelyx only have one day to spend together before he returns to earth and she travels to Aelyx's home planet, L'eihr. Homesick and worried about the upcoming year apart, Cara is desperate to make these final hours count. Worst of all, Cara is missing Christmas, stuck on board an alien spaceship. When Aelyx learns that Cara is forgoing her favorite holiday, he tries to recreate Christmas in space by researching traditional earth customs…but a few things get lost in translation.

Coming December 23rd, this FREE short story will include multi-chapter excerpts of both ALIENATED and the sequel, INVADED.
 


2) This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13138734-this-shattered-world

Summary: The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.
 


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- Hearts And Crowns

All the Bright Places Read Along - January 2015

Thursday, 25 December 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Guess what we're reading this month? No clue? Well then, let me tell you!

We're reading a January release that's called All the Bright Places and it's by Jennifer Niven!

Release Date: January 6, 2015

Hashtag: #AllTheBrightJanuaries

Goodreads Synopsis: The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this compelling, exhilarating, and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.


Add it to your Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18460392-all-the-bright-places

Join the Goodreads group: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/2132263-all-the-bright-januarys

I hope you'll join me in reading this and be sure to follow me on Bloglovin, Twitter, and Instagram (links in the sidebar to your right) so you never miss another post!

Happy Holidays and I'll see you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Review of The Assassin and the Captain

Wednesday, 24 December 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Today I've got a review for you all here for my Ten Day Blog-A-Thon 2014 Day Two, so enjoy!

Book:  The Assassin and the Captain
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Read it for free here:

Part 2 -http://toofondofbooks.com/2013/08/the...
Part 3 -http://www.paranormalindulgence.net/2...
Part 4 - http://www.alexalovesbooks.com/2013/0... 

(Part one no longer exists. Sorry.)

Review: This short story was so cute and my biggest (and only) complaint is that I wish it was longer.

The story itself was about Celaena returning from a mission and provided an insight to something that is not shown in the book.

Overall, it won't take you that long to finish it and if you like the series, I recommend reading this short story.

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- Hearts And Crowns

Until Midnight by Melissa Landers

Tuesday, 23 December 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Today I have a very special guest post from Alienated author, Melissa Landers to celebrate the launch of her new e-short Until Midnight.

UNTIL MIDNIGHT is here…and it’s FREE!


Happy Holidays, everyone! I’m Melissa Landers, author of the Alienated series, and I have a present for you—a brand new e-short from Disney Hyperion!


UNTIL MIDNIGHT takes place onboard an intergalactic transport, soon after ALIENATED ends and before the sequel INVADED begins. The story details Aelyx and Cara’s last day together before he returns to Earth to mend the alliance and she continues to his home planet. It’s sweet and romantic, and as a bonus, it includes a four-chapter preview of the sequel, which releases February 3rd.


Oh, and did I mention the best part? IT’S FREE!


You can download UNTIL MIDNIGHT from the following e-tailers:


Google Play: http://bit.ly/1v06kVd


*If you live outside the USA, no worries. I’ve uploaded the story to Scribd for you. (The only downside is it doesn’t include the bonus preview chapters, due to technical reasons from the publisher.) Link: http://www.scribd.com/AuthorMelissaLanders


To celebrate this new release, I’m offering TWO lucky winners an autographed swag pack complete with a personalized bookplate, mini-poster, bookmarks, and stickers—open internationally! Just fill out the rafflecopter form below.
Best of luck, and happy reading!


BIO: Melissa Landers writes romantic science fiction for teens and the young at heart. To learn more, or just to say hello, visit her at www.melissa-landers.com

I hope you all go check this e-short out and be sure to follow me on Bloglovin (for the giveaway), Twitter, and Instagram (links in the sidebar to your right) so you never miss another post!

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

The 100 Season Two Midseason Finale Discussion

Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Welcome to another Ten Day Blog-A-Thon 2014 post! Today we'll be discussing that midseason finale of The 100 that left everyone either pleased or angry.

***WARNING: SPOILERS FOR SEASON ONE AND THE FIRST HALF OF SEASON TWO AHEAD***

Well, that was a long way to say do not read this unless you would like to be spoiled.

Dear Finn, 

I'm so glad that you're gone. Though I have to ask, what took you so long? After you killed that village, I knew there was no way you could be let off the hook. You took innocent lives and as the saying goes, "Blood will have blood". 

And should you magically come back from the dead, remember this: Clarke was not and will never be your girlfriend.

And if you do...




Yours Truly,

All the people who want Bellarke to happen (including me)

I had been looking forward to Finn's death for several episodes now and was growing impatient while watching the episode, waiting for the moment. I had also thought for a second there that the writers had decided not to kill off Finn. But they thankfully hadn't.

I cannot imagine how awful having Finn in the rest of the show would have been. He was getting way to close with Clarke and if he had lived, probably become her boyfriend.

So props to the writers for doing the right thing and ending the episode like that.

I also wanted to mention that my initial theories about this season were way off. Like way off. Like off-the-cliff-and-heading-straight-for-the-ground off.

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- Hearts And Crowns

Welcome To My Ten Day Blog-A-Thon 2014!

Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

It's here! It's here! It's here! My Blog-A-Thon is finally starting!

So basically I would like to reach at least 115 posts on this blog by the end of the year for no reason other than it's a nice number, if you didn't know and I'm blogging for ten days straight until January 1 (inclusive) and it starts today!

Some posts that you can for sure look forward to include:

Reviews:

- The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
- The Assassin and the Healer
- The Assassin and the Desert
- The Assassin and the Underworld
- The Assassin and the Empire
- The Assassin and the Captain
- Perfect Ruin (Spoiler-free and with spoilers)

I may also do a review of Yes Please by Amy Poehler and if not within the ten days, I'll post it afterwards.

I will also have my midseason finale discussion for The 100 with spoilers (going up today in a few hours if you're reading this the day it goes live) and some other surprises!

Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin, Twitter, and Instagram (links in the sidebar to your right) otherwise you will surely miss a post!

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

The Ten Day Blog-A-Thon 2014 Is Coming!

Sunday, 21 December 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

I just wanted to let you all know that you've got plenty of reviews coming your way from December 23 to January 1 so do be sure to check those out.

I have also decided to name these posts my Ten Day Blog-A-Thon because it's literally ten days of me trying to reach a goal of 115 blog posts this year for no reason other than to finish off the year strong!

Make sure you're following me on bloglovin, Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads (reviews will be up there too). Links to all those places are in the sidebar to your right.

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Weekly Round-Up #7 - December 13-19, 2014

Friday, 19 December 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

There is only one new YA release this week that I have found. Wow. I guess it is that time of the year right before we all get gift cards for the bookstores and if they wait a little longer, we will have the money to spend on the new books. *cough* This Shattered World, King, Love and Other Theories *cough*

Anyway, the new release is Faery Marked by Mary Waibel, which is the book I participated in the blog tour for this week.

Also, for those of you who watch The 100 (a TV show I highly recommend, by the way), I will have some sort of discussion/reaction to the midseason finale with spoilers up soon.

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

My Guide To Navigating The Contemporary Genre

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

I'm here with a new guide for navigating the contemporary genre — which is surprisingly more complex than I'd initially thought.

(Just a quick disclaimer, I don't know everything about the genre. This is more general characteristics.)


What makes a book fall under the contemporary genre?

Sometimes referred to as "realistic fiction", the contemporary genre covers books that take place in the "real world" and have absolutely no trace of fantastical/paranormal and sci-fi beings/elements fall under the contemporary genre.

Subgenres:

Mystery

Books like The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Nancy Drew fall under this subgenre. The protagonist sets out to solve a crime in a realistic fashion, using gadgets and techniques that a modern detective might use.

Spy Novels

Novels like I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You and the rest of the Gallagher Girl series might tell the tales of espionage, but they meet the criteria and are a part of the contemporary genre.

Romance

Not to be confused with erotica — which falls under its own special category — romance novels make love the main focus of the story. A book that falls under this genre is A Little Something Different from Swoon Reads, who specialize in YA romance.

YA Contemporary

Books like The Fault in Our Stars, If I Stay, and To All The Boys I've Loved Before are all about the life of a modern teen set some place real in our world. The protagonists are usually between the ages of 13-19 and make some irrational decisions like teenagers today.

Historical Fiction

A historical novel set in this world is considered historical fiction of the contemporary kind. Books include Code Name Verity and Prisoner of Night and Fog. The setting is almost always accurate, but the characters are original.

Classics

Classics fall under this genre, however, I don't actually consider them to be their own subgenre since they are not always contemporary (like 1984 and A Brave New World).

I know there are more, but those are pretty much the main ones that I have come across.

I will most likely do another one of these sometime in the near future. If you're interested, my fantasy one is here: http://heartscrowns.blogspot.com/2014/10/my-guide-to-navigating-fantasy-genre.html.

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- Hearts And Crowns

The Book Season

Monday, 15 December 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

Today I not only bring you all my hundredth post (!!!) but also a new blog. About writing.

Don't worry, I'll still be updating this blog regularly as well. That blog is just extra.

Anyway, it's called The Book Season because tis the season to write books, right? You can find it here: https://thebookseason.blogspot.com.

Also, to celebrate my hundredth post over here, I'll be doing some end-of-the-year themed posts this week and will be posting daily starting December 23 and ending January 1 (inclusive). Afterwards, I'll go back to my regular miscellaneous schedule.

So don't forget to subscribe, follow, share, and check out The Book Season!

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Review of Faery Marked + Mary Waibel's Top Five Fantasy Books - The Faery Marked Blog Tour

Saturday, 13 December 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers!

Today I have the pleasure of hosting Mary Waibel for her Faery Marked blog tour! To start off, here is my review of the novel!

Book: Faery Marked
Author: Mary Waibel
Publisher: BookFish Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fae
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Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: When Callie Rycroft wakes to find purple flames flickering on the ceiling, she believes she’s still dreaming. But soon she’s forced to accept that she has magic―a special magic that grants her entrance into the Faery Realm.

For centuries humans have been banned from Faery, but dangerous times call for dangerous measures. Declared Champion by the Faery Queen, Callie is assigned a Guardian, and tasked with finding the Cordial―a magical elixir needed to keep the portal to the Faery realm a secret from humans.


The upside? Reece Michaels, the boy she's been crushing on for years, is her Guardian. Callie hopes that, by spending time with Reece, he'll start to see her as more than just his best friend's sister.

The downside? She's in a race not only against time, but against another Champion, and a rogue Guardian―a Guardian who stands to threaten her developing relationship with Reece.

Magic, mistaken identities, and hidden agendas are the least of Callie's worries when she learns that the Cordial requires a sacrifice. Will Callie be willing to risk everything―even Reece―to complete her task as Champion? Or will she let the portal open, and doom both realms?

Review: This book is a solid four stars. Seriously though, it starts off by introducing the plot and diving the reader into a bunch of exciting scenes which under some circumstances would be confusing, but this book was easy to get into. 

One thing that I did notice though from the very beginning were the similarities to The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (which I found okay) so I was initially worried that I wouldn't like the book, but that wasn't the case (even though the similarities were apparent at times and I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed The Iron Fey series)!

Though short, Waibel delivers a thrilling adventure filled with everything fae-related you've ever wanted in a book (including Reece) which is why I recommend you fae lovers pick up this book as soon as possible! 

***Disclaimer: An ARC copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my thoughts and opinions.

Now, here is Mary's Top Five Fantasy Books! Enjoy!

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I love to read, and read across a variety of genres. But, for today, I’m focusing on my top 5 fantasy series:

  1. The Looking Glass Wars series by Frank Beddor. This is an amazing twist on Alice in Wonderland. Hatter Maddigan is AWESOME! And so is Alice. If you haven’t read them, I highly recommend adding them to your TBR list.
  2. The Sary Society series by Meradeth Houston. She takes guardian angels to a whole new level. Smexy and helpful! And the stories are filled with feels. I’m looking forward more amazing work from this author!
  3. Graceling (Graceling series) by Kristin Cashore. Katsa is the definition of strong, female character. And, she has great growth in the novel. Of course, every strong lead needs a strong counterpart, and Po is perfect in his role. I haven’t read the rest of the series, but I look forward to finishing it up one day.
  4. Surfacing (Swan’s Landing series) by Shana Norris. Mermaids. Mermen. What’s not to like? This is a great story about discovering who you are and accepting your differences. This is another one that I look forward to reading more in the series.
  5. Darkness of Light (Darkness series) by Stacie Marie Brown. I loved this book, and the use of the more traditional Seelie and Unseelie fairies. I haven’t read the rest of the series (Hmm. I’m sensing a trend here :-)), but it’s for lack of time, not desire.

What are your favorite fantasy books to read? Share in the comments!

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YA author Mary Waibel’s love for fairytales and happy-ever fill the pages of her works. Whether penning stories in a medieval setting or a modern day school, magic and romance weave their way inside every tale.

Strong female characters use both brain and brawn to save the day and win the heart of their men. Mary enjoys connecting with her readers through her website: marywaibel.blogspot.com



Be sure to pick up your copy of Faery Marked on December 16, 2014!

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns

Weekly Round-Up #6 - December 6-12, 2014

Friday, 12 December 2014
Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

It's Friday! And you know what that means: a new Weekly Round-Up in which I tell you all about the new books that came out this week! Let's get started because there are a bunch!

1) Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20646933-top-ten-clues-you-re-clueless?ac=1

Summary: Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day

5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market

4) Crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi

3) Trying to rock the “drowned rat” look after being caught in a snowstorm

2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)

1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees—of stealing upwards of $10,000

Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe’s list of Top Ten Best Moments.
 


2) No Place To Fall by Jaye Robin Brown

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16144570-no-place-to-fall

Summary: Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.

When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.

Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.
 


3) Zodiac by Romina Russell

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20821306-zodiac

Summary: At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.
 


4) Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22533415-suspicion?from_search=true

Summary: A modern-day twist on the classic thriller, Rebecca, with a dash of the supernatural, a powerful romance, and a deadly family mystery. 
 
“There’s something hidden in the maze.” 
 
Seventeen-year-old Imogen Rockford has never forgotten the last words her father said to her, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family’s English country manor.
 
For seven years, images of her parents’ death have haunted Imogen’s dreams. In an effort to escape the past, she leaves Rockford Manor and moves to New York City with her new guardians. But some attachments prove impossible to shake—including her love for her handsome neighbor Sebastian Stanhope.
 
Then a life-altering letter arrives that forces Imogen to return to the manor in England, where she quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind Rockford’s aristocratic exterior. At their center is Imogen herself—and Sebastian, the boy she never stopped loving.

Combining spine-tingling mystery, romance, and unforgettable characters, Suspicion is an action-packed thrill ride.


5) Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17342700-gathering-darkness

Summary: In GATHERING DARKNESS, book three of the New York Times bestselling Falling Kingdoms series, the stakes have never been higher as three teams push forward on a race to find the Kindred, the four elemental crystals possessing ancient all-powerful magic, first:

Prince Magnus has just witnessed torture, death, and miracles during the bloody confrontation that decimated the rebel forces. Now he must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica. All Gaius needs now are the Kindred - the four elemental crystals that give godlike powers to their owner. But the King of Blood is not the only one hunting for this ancient, storied magic...

• THE KRAESHIANS join the hunt. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the wealthy kingdom across the Silver Sea, charm and manipulate their way to the Kindred, proving to be more ruthless than perhaps even the King of Blood himself.

• THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo and vengeful Jonas lead them, slaying with sweetness, skill, and a secret that can control Lucia's overpowering magic - all so they can use the Kindred to win back their fallen kingdoms.

• THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally in the flesh with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia's powers to unveil the Kindred.

The only certainty in the dark times is that whoever finds the magic first will control the fate of Mytica... but fate can be fickle when magic is involved.
 


6) Little White Lies by Katie Dale

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18349994-little-white-lies?from_search=true

Summary: Fans of Pretty Little Liars will be ensnared in this tale of deceit. 
 
The first time Lou meets mysterious Christian, she knows he is The One. But Christian is hiding a terrible secret. Why does he clam up every time Lou asks about his past? Why doesn’t he have any family photos, and why does he dye his blond hair black? When Christian’s house goes up in flames, his tires are slashed, and he flees for his life, Lou insists on going with him. But as Christian’s secret is unveiled in front of the whole world, it seems everything he’s ever told Lou is a lie. Can what the media are saying about him really be true? Should Lou trust him? Or is she in grave danger? And what if their accidental meeting wasn’t an accident at all...?
 
"Gripping whodunit."—Kirkus Reviews
"Spellbinding. . . . The amazingly well-thought-out plot and strong characters make this selection a great addition to any library, from junior high through young adult."—VOYA 


7) Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18782855-princess-of-thorns

Summary: Game of Thrones meets the Grimm's fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty's daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?

Looking at this list now, I realize that so many good books came out this week and that I've just added a bunch of books to my TBR pile.

Anyway, I hope you found some new books to add to your TBR pile! If you liked it, be sure to share it!

See you all soon!

- Hearts And Crowns