Waiting on Wednesday: The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty

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 Traitor’s Kiss

Author: Erin Beaty

Publication Date: May 9, 2017

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Synopsis:

An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

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

Title: Before She Ignites

Author: Jodi Meadows

Publication Date: September 27, 2017

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Synopsis:

Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

After

Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.

Jodi Meadows’s new Fallen Isles series blazes with endangered magic, slow-burn romance, and inner fire.

Waiting on Wednesday: Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman

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

Title: Retribution Rails

Author: Erin Bowman

Publication Date: November 7, 2017

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Synopsis:

In this thrilling companion set in the Wild West ten years after the events of Vengeance Road, a young outlaw and an aspiring journalist learn the hard way that you can’t outrun the past or your demons, especially when gold and revenge are nipping at your heels.

 I was thrilled to learn that Vengeance Road was going to have a sequel. Vengeance Road was the very first western book I ever read and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. You can read my review of Vengeance Road here. Additionally, these companion novels have been blessed by the cover gods. I don’t know about you, but I cannot stop drooling…

Review: Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

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Title: Dreamland Burning

Author: Jennifer Latham

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: February 21, 2017

Synopsis: Some bodies won’t stay buried.
Some stories need to be told.
 

When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past… and the present.

Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what’s right the night Tulsa burns.

Through intricately interwoven alternating perspectives, Jennifer Latham’s lightning-paced page-turner brings the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to blazing life and raises important question about the complex state of US race relations – both yesterday and today.

Review

I received a copy of this book from The Novl Newsletter in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Dreamland Burning follows two young teenagers. During the 1920’s and after a horrible mistake, William Tillman is learning that the world isn’t always what it seemed. The night of the Tulsa Riots will determine what kind of man he will be and just how far he will go to protect those who need protecting. Back in the present, Rowan Chase, has just discovered an unearthed skeleton in the old slave quarters on her parent’s property. Rowan’s sheltered world is slowly turning upside as she learns more and more about the skeleton’s past.

As a white person, I have never experienced racism firsthand. I have heard people say racist statements and seen racist encounters on the news, but have never seen it occur in person. Dreamland Burning gives a small glimpse of the racist behavior towards those with dark skin color and even bi-racial individuals experience in the 1920’s and even still in today’s society. While some of these encounters might make some readers uncomfortable, it’s nothing compared to the racism that people endure every day. Dreamland Burning has open my eyes in a way that I never knew a book could.

I encourage everyone, simply everyone, to pick up this book. While this particular story is a work of fiction, the Tulsa Riots are very real and did happen. It’s a story that needs to read and needs to be known.

4 out of 5 stars


Meet The Author

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I write because it’s the only job I’ve been able to stick to for more than two years.  Seriously.

I’ve lived lots of different places.  Here’s the list:  New York City; San Francisco; Augusta, GA; Buffalo, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Madrid; Providence, RI; and now…Tulsa, OK.

I’ve had some really weird and really normal jobs.  The weirdest was helping out with autopsies.  The one I’d go back to if I couldn’t write is being a school psychologist.  The one I still do sometimes is teach yoga.

I live with my two daughters, two dogs, a cat, three turtles, three hermit crabs, a bunch of fish, and a husband (mine, of course).

I love watching people.

And I love writing about the people who live inside my head, even when they don’t play nice.

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

Monthly Wrap Up: January 2017

All and all, January was a strong reading month for me and I am very proud of the progress I made this month. I set my Goodreads goal for 75 books this year and so far I am right on track! I plan to keep it that way and maybe even get ahead!

January was definitely the month for reading historical fictions! This month was also the first month I finished my first audiobook! I have started audiobooks before, but have never finished them. Starflight is the first audiobook I have ever finished and I was so pleasantly surprised with my experience. Not only was the book a fantastic listen, but I loved how I could listen to it while driving or completing mindless, mundane tasks. I do enjoy listening to music, but there are times I don’t know what to listen to and audiobooks are the perfect remedy. As for the other books I read this past month, not a single one was under 4 stars!

I wasn’t near as active on my  blog as I had planned for this month. Guys…I totally and completely forgot about my two year blogiversary. What kind of blogger am I?! I’ll be celebrating my blogiversary this month, so be on the lookout for an exciting giveaway!

Books Read In January

1. Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields

2. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

3. Silver Stars by Michael Grant

4. Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

5. Starflight by Melissa Landers

6. Wait for Me by Caroline Leech

Reviews

Scythe by Neal Shusterman – 4.75 stars

Poison’s Kiss – 4 stars

February TBR

I am attempting not to go too crazy with my TBR. I have included some review reads, but some books I have been really wanting to read, such as Heartless. I have just started reading it and I am already extremely intrigued. However, I have a feeling that heartbreak is in store…

How was your reading in the month of January? How many books did you set for your Goodreads goal?