Edelweiss|Book Review| And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga #1) by Kiersten White

And I Darken Book Cover And I Darken
The Conquerors Saga #1
Kiersten White
YA Historical romance High Fantasy Retelling
Delacorte Press
June 28, 2016
DARC
496
Edelweiss Abovethetreeline

This vividly rendered novel reads like HBO’s Game of Thrones . . . if it were set in the Ottoman Empire. Ambitious in scope and intimate in execution, the story’s atmospheric setting is rife with political intrigue, with a deftly plotted narrative driven by fiercely passionate characters. Fans of Victoria Aveyard’s THE RED QUEEN, Kristin Cashore’s GRACELING, and Sabaa Tahir’s AN EMBER IN THE ASHES won’t want to miss this visceral, immersive, and mesmerizing novel, the first in a trilogy. NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets. Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion. But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point. From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken.

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

I would to start by thanking the author, publisher and Edelweiss for allowing me to read this fantastically well written and developed story in exchange for an honest unbiased review. Although the first 1/2ish of the book was a little slow it was necessary as it was where most of the world building was done.

I have never read a book that retold the story of Vlad the Impaler in fact I have to admit that I don’t really know much about the person himself but now I have read this book I will read more about him. I loved the fact that the author twisted Vlad into a very dark, brutal anti Princess who was born in a time where she was viewed as little more than a chattel to be married off as soon as she’s old enough.
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Edelweiss|Book Review| Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

My Star rating: 5/5 Star’s
I’d like to thank the author, publisher and edelweiss for allowing me to read this fantastic book which I loved from cover to cover. I had never read a book about a character who was gender fluid let alone heard of gender fluidity being a gender option.

Riley was a well written and fully developed multi faceted character, who was completely believable and easy to connect with. As a reader you can’t help but feel for him/er, due to his gender fluid status. All the other characters were interesting and believable although there were some that I really didn’t like at all throughout the book in fact I found them positively
odious.

The books plot was thoroughly developed so easy to read and it meant that I as the reader not only felt for Riley as an individual dealing with his gender status but also the other people that s/he met at the Q as well as got to know through his/er blog

Book Review|Netgalley| As Black as Ebony by Salla Simukka

As Black As Ebony Book Cover As Black As Ebony
Lumikki Anderson 3/3
Salla Simukka
Juvenile Fiction
Hot Key Books
August 6, 2015
DARC
176
NetGalley

The final story in the thrilling Nordic crime series The Snow White Trilogy, an international success published in 46 countries worldwide. 'Fans of Nesbø and Larsson won't be disappointed' Publishers Weekly Secrets turn to poison in this YA Scandi crime thriller where Lumikki Andersson must uncover a dark personal truth to outwit her murderous stalker. . . Lumikki has a new boyfriend - easygoing, gorgeous Sampsa - but she is unfaithful in her dreams, longing for the electrifying touch of her ex, Blaze. Then the threats start arriving, from someone who seems to know Lumikki intimately. Sharing her fears risks deadly consequences, so now she is more alone than ever. When Blaze suddenly reappears, Lumikki is torn. She can't deny the chemistry between them, but can she trust him? To stop the killer, Lumikki must uncover a dark secret that has haunted her family for years. AS BLACK AS EBONY is the final dramatic chapter in the thrilling, contemporary 'Snow White' trilogy by award-winning author Salla Simukka.

I would like to start this post by thanking the authors publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read this fantastic conclusion to what is a fab. Trilogy which I have loved all the way through.

This book saw Lumikki back on home turf with a new boyfriend and the return of her old boyfriend (Blaze) as well as the uncovering of the family mystery that her parents have been hiding from her all her life. It also saw her under threat from a stalker with murderous intent. The way that Salla wrote about the stalker was very clever because she made you wonder if it was her current boyfriend or her ex Blaze but never made you think it was who it was in reality, so when you finally discovered who it was it was a total surprise

Wow this is a fantastic end to what is a fab. Trilogy and I couldn’t put it down. This book was a return to the pacing of the first book because the second book in the trilogy was a little slow moving at times. It is for these reasons as well as everything discussed below that I gave it a five star rating. I would also give the trilogy as a whole a five star rating. Continue reading

Edelweiss #9/16|Book Information: Now Go out There by Mary Carr

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Praise for Mary Karr:“Karr is a national treasure, that very rare phenomenon: a genius writer who is also a brilliant teacher of writing. Karr’s work always breaks my heart, in the best possible way, because of her trademark combination of heart, clarity, compression, and genuine love for, and curiosity about, the human project.” —George Saunders

“Karr seems to have been born with the inability to write a dishonest-or boring-sentence.” —Lev Grossman, Time
“Karr could tell you what’s on her grocery list, and its humor would make you bust a gut, its unexpected insights would make you think and her pitch-perfect command of our American vernacular might even take your breath away.”—Samantha Dunn, Los Angeles Times

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My Week in Books|week of 31/5

In this post I am going to be discussing the books that I have been reading this week.

Cipher (The Shadow Ravens, #1)
As White as Snow (Lumikki Andersson #2)
 The Shadow Ravens 1/3                                        Lumikki Anderson 2/3              5/5 Stars                                                                  5/5 Star’s
    I Received this fantastic book                             I received this fantastic
    from the publisher via NetGalley                       book from the publisher
    via NetGalley and it was                                       via NetGalley and it was
    a great start to what I am                                    a good second book for a
    sure will be a fab series.                                      What is a companion
    Book Review                                                          trilogy so it isn’t a                                                                                                       necessary to read them
                                                                                     in order or all of them.
Saga, Volume 2
Quanta (The Shadow Ravens, #2)
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      Started:23/5/16                                                    The Shadow Ravens 2/3
      5/5 Stars                                                                NetGalley
       Review to follow                                                     Started: 31/5/16
The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor, #1)

Together at the Table: A Novel of Lost Love and Second Helpings (Two Blue Doors #3)

The Thousandth Floor#1                                       Two Blue Doors #3
Edelweiss                                                                  Blogging for books
Stared: 2/6/16                                                                Started: 2/6/16
Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows, #1)
A Suitable Boy (A Suitable Boy, #1)
Reign of Shadows #1                                            A Suitable Boy #1
   Edelweiss                                                                  Started: 2/6/16
     Started: 4/6/16
Symptoms of Being Human
Spare and Found Parts
Edelweiss                                                                      Edelweiss
Started:  1/6/16                                                               Started  1/6/16
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
Cormorant Strikes 1/3                                             Outlander 1/9                             Started: 30/5/16                                                      Started: 28/5/16
Opal (Lux, #3)The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)
  Lux 3/5                                                                   The Bone Season #1
     Started: 13/9/15                                                    Started: 28/5/16
Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings, #1)
Three Dark Crowns (Untitled, #1)
   Fairytale retellings 1/4                                             Untitled Series #1
      Started:  14/12/14                                                     Started: 30/5/16
Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

 

Edelweiss #8/16|Book Information: Burning Glass (Burning Glass #1) by Kathryn Purdie

This post will include all the information pertaining to this book. If you are interested to see my views on the book please follow the link above. I would also be very interested to hear what anyone else who has read this book thought of it.
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“Dark, intricate and utterly immersive, Burning Glass will take you on a journey you’ll never forget. Heart-pounding action meets deadly intrigue and aching romance, drawing you deep inside a story full of complex questions.” —Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling coauthor of the award-winning These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, and Illuminae.

“Filled with mystery and intrigue, betrayal and passion, Purdie’s political debut will sweep readers away to a world that is not that different from their own.” —School Library Journal

“Richly imagined, compelling, and darkly romantic, this book will leave you begging for more!” —Sara B. Larson, author of the Defy trilogy

“I feel like BURNING GLASS was catered to all of my YA book needs: Russian-flavored fantasy, a neat but not overly complicated magic system, a flawed but wonderful heroine, and the only kind of love triangle I can enjoy (one involving competing brothers!)” —Allison Senecal

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Date Received: 
Received from: edelweiss

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Edelweiss #7/16|Book Information: Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga 1) by Colleen Oakes

The Following post includes all the information of interest about this book. If any of you have read this book I would love to hear what you thought of it.
Format received: DARC
Date Received:
Received from: Edelweiss
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“Oakes continues to weave literary magic as she pulls you down the rabbit hole into a Wonderland like you’ve never read before.” —Chanda Hahn, New York Times bestselling author

Fans of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will enjoy the twists Oakes gives to familiar characters. Heart-stopping action makes the pages fly, and Dinah’s struggle to stay true to herself amid impossible expectations resonates. —Publishers Weekly

This latest in fairy tales retold makes the classic villain less villainous by showing her tenderhearted backstory. —Booklist
Every good villain deserves an origin story, and Oakes offers a fascinating glimpse into the mad queen’s complex and heartbreaking past. The novel offers some wonderful reinventions of Carroll’s classic, and fans of Alice’s more sinister elements will appreciate Oakes’ macabre touches. —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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NetGalley|Book Review: As Red as Blood (Lumikki Anderson 1/3) by Salla Simukka

As Red As Blood Book Cover As Red As Blood
Lumikki Anderson 1/3
Salla Simukka
Juvenile Fiction
Hot Key Books
August 7, 2014
DARC
240
NetGalley

The first story in the thrilling Nordic crime series The Snow White Trilogy, an international success published in 52 territories worldwide and soon to be a Hollywood film. 'Fans of Nesbø and Larsson won't be disappointed' Publishers Weekly The streets of Finland are frozen and white with snow. And nothing is as red against snow as blood . . . Seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson is hardly your average teenager. She lives by herself in the city of Tampere, Finland, and has a firm rule to mind nobody's business but her own. But that rule is put to the test when she happens upon five hundred washed euro notes hanging up to dry in her school's darkroom, and it is shattered once Lumikki realises who owns them. Caught in an increasingly tangled web of deception, corruption and danger, Lumikki finds herself navigating Tampere's dark underbelly in her quest to expose its shocking connection to the international drugs trade. Lumikki is smart, but is she smarter than a master criminal? Can she bring down the infamous 'Polar Bear' - or will she become another one of his victims?

Disclaimer: I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley for review but this will not effect the opinions I give in this review it will be as full and unbiased as any review I do.

“Once upon a time there was a girl who learned to fear.
Fairy tales do not begin this way. Other, darker stories do…”
Lumikki Andersson is a Finnish-Swedish loner, though she doesn’t mind being alone. You see, she has rules – mottoes. One is not to meddle – not to get involved. Another is not to jump to conclusions.
But when she stumbles across thousands of euros of money, hanging up to dry in the darkroom, smelling of old blood, it’s hard not to get involved. Especially when she sees a classmate emerge from the room with a bulging backpack.

Soon, Lumikki is breaking all of her rules, as she’s swept up in a dangerous plot involving the darkest areas of Finland’s criminal underworld. All the while trying to stay one step ahead of a vicious, merciless murderer…

As Red as Blood is well written and intriguing YA crime thriller based in Finland and it is the first book in the Lumikki Anderson Trilogy which has been translated from Finnish. I loved this book as soon as I started reading it because it started with a bang Continue reading

NetGalley|Book Review: Cipher (The Shadow Ravens 1/3) by Aileen Erin

Cipher Book Cover Cipher
Shadow Ravens 1/3
Aileen Erin
YA Sci-Fi Fantasy Romance
Ink Monster, LLC (14 Oct. 2014)
May 13, 2014
DARC
330
NetGalley

In the not-too-distant future, the color of your helix tattoo shows exactly how your DNA was modified-green for super-smart scientists, black for pumped-up warriors, white for the immortal Seligo-but Cipher's red helix is a death sentence. It's a sign of unstable DNA, which is probably the reason she can manipulate electricity. When she was eight years old, Cipher made the mistake of showing her uncle the tattoo. In return, he killed her parents and tried to kidnap her. She's been on the run ever since, and twelve long years later, Cipher is tired of hiding. Survival isn't enough anymore. She wants her life back. Hacking into the Citadel mainframe is a huge risk, but it pays off when she finds a database on red helixes. Before she can copy it, she loses control of her power, charring her last processor, and the only person in the Arizona Voids that can get her back online is her oldest friend, Knightly. She hasn't seen him in person since she started running, and Knightly 2.0 is fully upgraded with a six-pack and knee-melting smile. For a girl like Cipher, trust doesn't come easily, but Knightly makes her yearn for a life she knows she can't have, especially when every secret she reveals endangers them both.

Disclaimer: I received this book for review via NetGalley but this has not affected my feelings about it in any way.

This is the first book in a heroine-led series that is going to be written by three separate authors although it is set in the same world. I loved this book immediately because it literally started with bang as the red helix heroine Cipher’s unstable DNA manifests itself by daring electricity which means she keeps blowing the power grids whenever she’s stressed or panicked. Continue reading

Edelweiss #6/16|Book Information: Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti

The Following post will include all the information pertaining to this book. So enjoy reading the information and if you have read the book I would love to know that you thought of it.

Quotes/Reviews

“An entertaining and shocking memoir from a leading feminist writer.”—Booklist
“One of the most visible and successful feminists of her generation.” —Washington Post
“Adrienne Rich wrote, ‘When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her.’ InSex Object, Jessica Valenti tells her truth with stunning vulnerability and courage, defying easy answers and daring us to look away. You won’t forget it.” —Irin Carmon, New York Times bestselling author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“Deeply moving, honest, and unflinching, Sex Object secures Jessica Valenti’s place as one of the foremost writers and thinkers of her generation. Her personal story highlights universal truths about being a woman, and makes the case for why feminism today is an unstoppable force.” —Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Powerful.. more than the sum of its parts… a bold and unflinching road map of Valenti’s journey to become the woman she is. —Publishers Weekly
Jessica Valenti’s powerful personal story offers unique perspective on how sexism and patriarchy manifest themselves in the daily lives of American women. Sex Object is a necessary read for women and men alike. —Jamil Smith, Senior National Correspondent, MTV News

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