Waiting on Wednesday: Roar by Cora Carmack

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

Title: Roar

Author: Cora Carmack

Publication Date: June 13, 2016

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Synopsis:

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage. 

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best Books Of 2016

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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 my Top Ten Best Books Of 2016. Shall we?

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1. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

This book was definitely one of my biggest surprise reads of 2016. Scythe is a book that I believe everyone should read. I cannot wait to read the sequel in 2017.

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2. Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I enjoyed Illuminae when I read it last year, but it wasn’t one of my favorite reads. Because of this, I didn’t have overly high expectations for Gemina. But lo and behold, Gemina became one of my favorite books this year. Now I’m dying for the next installment.

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3. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

I do love books that can make me laugh so it’s no surprise that My Lady Jane is one of my favorite books this year. This book was so good that I am constantly thinking out it and when I should reread it! These lovely gals also plan on co-authoring two more “Jane” based books. I cannot wait!

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4. And I Darken by Kiersten White

I went into this book practically knowing nothing about this story. It is now one of my favorite books this year and makes me want to read less synopsis’s and just dive right into the stories!

5. A Court of Thorns and Roses & A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I didn’t get around to reading ACOTAR until this year. Luckily, I didn’t read it until a month before ACOMAF was released so I didn’t have to wait very long for a sequel. Now I have to wait FOREVER until ACOWAR. There will also be a coloring book next year!!

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6. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Easily one of my favorite contemporary books this year. I don’t read nearly as much contemporary as I do fantasy, but when I find a new contemporary author I love, it is quite exciting!

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7. Front Lines by Michael Grant

I actually had to start this book twice because I had some trouble getting into it the first time around. I am extremely happy that I gave it a second chance because it was the best historical fictions I read this year!

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8. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

This book was such a fun and imaginative read! I am really looking forward to the sequel next year!

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9. The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

This book was one of the first fantasy books I read this year and it made my new year start out with a bang! However, this book ended on such a horrible cliffhanger…

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 10. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

It wasn’t until months after I finished this book that I got news of a sequel to this book. I was elated upon hearing this news because this was another book with a killer cliffhanger…

Christmas Between The Pages: Wrap Up + Giveaway

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Hi all! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! I apologize for not posting as much as  I had originally planned. My husband and I purchased a home recently and we have been in the process of painting and moving…all during the week before Christmas. Needless to say, it has been nonstop in my household!

Reviews

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – 4.5 stars

What Light – 4.5 stars

Giveaway

To wrap up Christmas Between The Pages, I am hosting a giveaway to win any 2017 book of your choice (up to $20)! Here are a few examples…

This giveaway is international as long as The Book Depository ships to your country. I will email the winner once the giveaway has closed. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Please make sure you follow all the instructions for the Rafflecopter. Any incomplete or invalid entries will be deleted.

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Christmas Between The Pages: Gifts For The Book Lover In Your Life

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Gifts For The Book Lover In Your Life

While I do love to receive books for Christmas, I also love to receive anything and everything bookishly related! I have complied a list of things that would be perfect for the book lover in your life!

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1. Banned Book Heat Reactive Mug

This heat reactive coffee mug would be perfect for anyone who loves books and coffee (or tea)! The possibilities are endless when it comes to mugs because there are so many bookish ones out there!

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2. Personal Library Kit

I don’t know about you, but I would squeal with joy if I was gifted this for Christmas!

3. Bookish Candles

I love candles! I recently discovered The Melting Library and have fallen in love with her book related candles! I’m dying to own all of the ACOTAR candles….

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4. Olde Book Pillows

What book lover wouldn’t fall absolutely in love with these book pillows?

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5. BookBook Laptop Sleeve

This laptop sleeve that looks like a book will perfect for the book blogger in your life…

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6. Bookmarks

No matter who many they already have, bookworms will always want more bookmarks. These particular ones are perfect if you want bookmarks based off of some of your favorite characters!

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7. Bookish Jewelry

What better way to express your love for books than with bookish jewelry? The possibilities are pretty endless with this option, but I’m particularly fond of this ampersand necklace

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8. Book Inspired Cutting Board

For those who love to read and love to cook!

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9. NovelTea Tins

Tea inspired by classic literature. Need I say more?

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10. Floating Book Shelf

I know that I always need more room to store my books and these floating book shelves are a great way to store and display your books!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017

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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 Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017. Shall we?

 1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This book has been on my most anticipated books for 2017 for MONTHS now. I am so, so excited for this one! Hopefully it lives up to all the crazy hype…

2. Silver Stars by Michael Grant

Front Lines was easily one of my favorite historical fictions of 2016, if not one of my favorite historical fictions of all time. I can’t wait to see where Frangie, Rainy, and Rio’s journeys will take us next.

3. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King is one of the best contemporary reads I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I am ready to see how Jeff plans on breaking by heart in Goodbye Days….

4. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

I’ll admit that I became excited for this book once I saw the cover… However, once I read the synopsis, I knew this was a book I NEEDED to read!

5. The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

The Girl From Everywhere was such a fantastic read and I cannot wait to continue this awesome story!

6. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

This one only recently caught my eye. It already has so many positive reviews so I can’t help but be excited for this one!

7. Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman

Blackhearts was one of my favorites book this year and ended on such a huge cliffhanger! I dying to get my hands of this book!

8. The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins

Another book with a cliffhanger so bad that it practically broke my heart…

9. Valiant by Lesley Livingston

This book sounds seriously epic!

10. Now I Rise by Kiersten White

And I Darken is another one of my favorite reads this year and I need to read its sequel!

11. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

And last but not least…A Court of Wings and Ruin. Words cannot express how badly I need to read this book. Literally the SECOND I receive this book, my entire life will be on hold. Might even take some vacation days off work…