Waiting on Wednesday: Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.  “Waiting on Wednesday” spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.

Title: Empress of a Thousand Skies

Author: Rhoda Belleza

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

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Synopsis:

Empress

Rhee, better known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

Fugitive

Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a holo-vision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.

Madman

With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

Rhoda Belleza crafts a powerful saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy in her exhilarating debut, perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer and Pierce Brown.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Audio Books I’d Love To Listen To

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish, and I decided to share my list with all of you also!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a Top Ten Audio Books I’d Love To Listen To!

1. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

2. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

3. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

4. The Girls by Emma Cline

5. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

6. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

7. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

8. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden

9. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

10. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

 I don’t listen to many audio books, but that is something I’d like to change! This list is a list of books I don’t typically read, but I have read wonderful reviews on. It only seems appropriate that I start listening to audio books that are books out of my “comfort” genre.

Review: Ever The Hunted by Erin Summerill

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Author: Erin Summerill

Publication Date: December 27, 2016

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Synopsis: Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

Review

When Britta’s father is murdered, she is left to fend for herself. Nearing starvation, Britta makes the decision to illegally hunt in the Ever Woods. When she is caught and arrested, instead of hanging for her crimes, she is given the task of hunting down her father’s murderer. If she succeeds, her life will be spared and her father’s house will be her own. Unfortunately for Britta, the man accused of murdering her father is the only boy she has ever loved, Cohen.

The original plot of tracking down Cohen is resolved rather quickly. While I do not want to reveal the other plots within the story, there are many that sprout from the original one. I enjoyed the fact this book always had a plot driving the characters within the story. It kept me engaged and interested throughout the entire book. There were some plots that had me flipping through the pages like a madman (especially towards the end), but there were also plots that had me taking my time and setting the book aside now and then.

Britta was a very likable character. She was independent, but she also cared about others. Britta’s father treated her as an equal her entire life and he has taught her many skills. On the other hand, Cohen was not always my favorite character. He had many hot and cold moments with Britta which made the poor girl (and reader) so confused. One huge decision I hate is when a character hides the truth from another character because they are “protecting” them. They aren’t protecting them, they are hurting them. There were also things Cohen did not want Britta to do because she was putting herself in danger. Sorry buddy, it’s the lady decision if she wants to put herself in danger or not.

Overall, Ever the Hunted was an enjoyable read and a very strong debut novel. The world was beautiful and the author genuinely knows how to describe some gorgeous settings. Although the first half of this book was a little slow, the second half picks up the pace. Fair warning, the ending is a serious cliffhanger. This ending will leave you slack-jawed and in complete disbelief. I cannot believe that I have to wait over an entire year to read the sequel…

4 out of 5 stars


Meet The Author

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Erin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, Ever The Hunted. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and her website.

Blog Tour: Revolting Rhymes by Ronald Dahl – Review + Giveaway

6870367Title: Revolting Rhymes

Author: Ronald Dahl

Publication Date: September 3, 2009 (First Published 1982)

Publisher: Puffin Books

Synopsis: Did you think Cinderella married the prince and lived happily ever after, or that the three little pigs outsmarted the wolf? Think again! Master storyteller Roald Dahl adds his own darkly comic twists to six favorite tales, complete with rambunctious rhymes and hilarious surprise endings.

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Review

Revolting Rhymes covers some of the most classic fairytales to date: Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, and The Three Little Pigs. Each story is the one you know and loved, but with a much darker twist.

Each story contains colorful and lively illustrations that contributes to the creativity and the whimsical that is Ronald Dahl. The rhymes throughout each story have an easy flow and makes reading this book a fun and quick experience.

Ronald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes is a charming and entertaining read for all ages. This is a book you will be reading again and again!


Meet The Author

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Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most imaginative, successful and beloved storytellers. He was born in Wales of Norwegian parents and spent much of his childhood in England. After establishing himself as a writer for adults with short story collections such as Kiss Kiss and Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living with his family in both the U.S. and in England. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl’s first children’s story, The Gremlins, was a story about little creatures that were responsible for the various mechanical failures on airplanes. The Gremlins came to the attention of both First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who loved to read the story to her grandchildren, and Walt Disney, with whom Roald Dahl had discussions about the production of a movie.

Roald Dahl was inspired by American culture and by many of the most quintessential American landmarks to write some of his most memorable passages, such as the thrilling final scenes in James and the Giant Peach – when the peach lands on the Empire State Building! Upon the publication of James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl began work on the story that would later be published as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, have sold more than 200 million copies.

Roald Dahl also enjoyed great success for the screenplays he wrote for both the James Bond films, You Only Live Twice in 1967, and for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, released one year later, which went on to become a beloved family film. Roald Dahl’s popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Two charities have been founded in Roald Dahl’s memory: the first charity, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, created in 1991, focuses on making life better for seriously ill children through the funding of specialist nurses, innovative medical training, hospitals, and individual families across the UK.

The second charity, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre – a unique cultural, literary and education hub – opened in June 2005 in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote many of his best-loved works. 10% of income from Roald Dahl books and adaptations are donated to the two Roald Dahl charities.

On September 13, 2006, the first national Roald Dahl Day was celebrated, on what would have been the author’s 90th birthday. The event proved such a success that Roald Dahl Day is now marked annually all over the world. September 13, 2016 is Roald Dahl 100, marking 100 years since the birth of the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.

Giveaway

One winner can pick five books of the Ronald Dahl collection! (US Only)

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Continent by Keira Drake

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.  “Waiting on Wednesday” spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.

Title: The Continent

Author: Keira Drake

Publication Date: January 3, 2017

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Synopsis:

For her sixteenth birthday, Vaela Sun receives the most coveted gift in all the Spire—a trip to the Continent. It seems an unlikely destination for a holiday: a cold, desolate land where two “uncivilized” nations remain perpetually at war. Most citizens tour the Continent to see the spectacle and violence of battle—a thing long vanished in the Spire. For Vaela—a smart and talented apprentice cartographer—it is an opportunity to improve upon the maps she’s drawn of this vast, frozen land.

But an idyllic aerial exploration is not to be had: the realities of war are made clear in a bloody battle seen from the heli-plane during the tour, leaving Vaela forever changed. And when a tragic accident leaves her stranded on the Continent, she has no illusions about the true nature of the danger she faces. Starving, alone, and lost in the middle of a war zone, Vaela must try to find a way home—but first, she must survive.