31 December 2017

My Fav Covers of 2017

It's that time of year when we go list crazy. Today I'm focusing on my top 5 pretty covers of the year.


In Reverse order:


#5 The Consort by K.A. Linde

I LOVE how the dark magic is highlighted on this dramatic cover!






#4 Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This cover is simplistic and beautiful






#3 Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

It's pretty colours galore - I adore everything about this cover!






#2 Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren 

Upside-down houses and skies - this had it all!






#1 The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury


It was a tough call between my top two picks but The Scarecrow Queen just had something extra. I'm sure it won't top too many lists but I love how the cover screams drama and action. It's really beautiful. 





The five...




Happy New Year - Here's to lots of pretty covers coming in 2018...


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30 December 2017

Review - Everless


Everless #1
by Sara Holland




What they say: In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself. 

Coming Jan 2018 from Harper Teen/Hachett/Orchard

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What I say: "tempus edax rerum."

I loved *ahem* was terrified of the concept of Everless. Jules lives a in a kingdom queendom called Sempera where time, or rather life-force time, is money. People can bleed themselves aka sell time directly from their blood to make blood-iron. In a very unequal society the poorer civilians are forced to sell years of their lives just to survive the now whilst the rich control the blood-iron coins and extra years.

Jules's father has been secretly selling time to pay rent and is in very poor health. To stop him from selling any more time Jules heads to Everless to work for the Gerlings. She can earn a lot of blood-iron but at great risk.

Jules finds herself plunged headfirst into the Gerling's intrigues and is much closer to the powerful Queen than she ever expected. She is befriended by Caro (the Queen's handmaiden) and her heir Lady Ina. They offer her comfort and a distraction from her affection for her former childhood friend (and Ina's fiancĂ©) Roan. I have to admit I was more intrigued by her old nemesis and childhood tormentor Liam. Don't worry any potential romance takes a backseat to Jules's mission and the situation in Everless. 

The world building is complex and interesting, if a little confusing at times. BUT I loved all the details and special insights Sara Holland provides into the mysteriously dark society. Once I got my head round the names and who could do what, I became thoroughly engrossed in Jules's story.

The book ends on one heck of a cliffy so I'm desperate to find out what happens next!

4.5 Stars in my Sky!


29 December 2017

Coming Soon - The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood
by Melissa Albert

Coming 30th Jan 2018


Ooh...






What they say: Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.
 


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28 December 2017

Released This Week - The Young Queens

The Young Queens
by Kendare Blake

Released 26th Dec


Because everybody loves a prequel (unless it involves Star Wars)...





What they say: Three black witches, born to a descending queen. One would rise to become queen in her place. Perhaps the strongest of the three. Perhaps the cleverest. Or perhaps it would be the girl born under the best shield of luck.

Katharine, Arsinoe and Mirabella - three young queens born to fulfil their destiny - to fight to the death to win the crown. But before they were poisoner, elemental and naturalist, they were children, sisters and friends...



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27 December 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - The Cruel Prince

This weeks Waiting on is...


The Cruel Prince - The Folk of the Air #1
by Holly Black







What they say: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.


Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Releases 2nd Jan

 

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Why I'm waiting...



  1. READ THE BLURB!!
  2. I'm in need of a new HB story!
  3. Also the cover = all the good things!

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