The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty (ARC Review)

29346870Title: The Traitor’s Kiss
Author: Erin Beaty
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Imprint: Imprint
Publisher: Macmillan
Date published: May 9, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 352
Source: Book distributor

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: 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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Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland, and Hilary Sycamore (ARC Review)

23532871Title: Spill Zone
Author: Scott Westerfeld (Goodreads Author), Alex Puvilland (Artist), Hilary Sycamore (Colorist)
Type: Fiction, Graphic Novel
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Horror, Mystery
Imprint: First Second
Publisher: Macmillan
Date published: May 2, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 224
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryNobody’s ever really explained the Spill. Was it an angelic visitation? A nanotech accident? A porthole opening from another world? Whatever it was, no one’s allowed in the Spill Zone these days except government scientists and hazmat teams. But a few intrepid explorers know how to sneak through the patrols and steer clear of the dangers inside the Zone. Addison Merrick is one such explorer, dedicated to finding out what happened that night, and to unraveling the events that took her parents and left her little sister mute and disconnected from the world.

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Calendar Girls (#5 / May 2017): Best Sequel

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It’s time for another Calendar Girls post, and our theme for May is best sequel! This should get quite interesting. I was under the impression that I read a lot of series, but when I actually had to sit down and think about it, I had a very hard time thinking of any sequels, other than Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers…and I don’t love those two books enough to pick them for this theme. I don’t think that Chamber of Secrets is the best Harry Potter book, and The Two Towers definitely isn’t the best Tolkien either. So, I took to Goodreads and literally scrolled through all of my “read” books. There were a few which I kind of set aside, until I found the one! Continue reading to find out which book I picked!

(Also, if you’re confused about why this Calendar Girls post went up on the 1st Monday of the month, in stead of the 1st Wednesday, please check out the updates we have made to the reading event here!)

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The Hello Kitty Baking Book: Recipes for Cookies, Cupcakes, and More

hkbb_final_72dpiTitle: The Hello Kitty Backing Book: Recipes for Cookies, Cupcakes, and More
Author: Michelle Chen Chock
Type: Non-Fiction
Genre: Food & Drink, Cookbook
Publisher: Quirk Books
Date published: June 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 96
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryNo one does sweet like Hello Kitty! Filled with simple recipes, beautiful yet playful photography, and Hello Kitty’s signature charm, The Hello Kitty Baking Book is a cookbook that’s yummy through and through. From Hello Kitty Cake Pops to Chococat Cake and Pretty Bow Pumpkin Pie, there’s something for everyone to make and enjoy. Featuring over two dozen easy-to-follow recipes, The Hello Kitty Baking Book is the perfect cookbook for anyone who loves Hello Kitty, desserts, or both!

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Currently Reading, Watching, Trying (#3)

ezgif-1-f3fef490bdIt’s been far too long since I’ve had time to make one of these posts, and I’m very sorry to all of you for that! But here it finally is, #3 of my Currently Reading, Watching, Trying series! I’m sad to have missed the opportunity to discuss some of the books I’ve read, and some of the shows I’ve watched since my last update post like this, but luckily I was able to review them all, so you can check my thoughts about each of those things that way! I’ve also been thinking of adding a “Listening to” section, where I share what’s on my most current playlist. What do you guys think?

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Top Ten Tuesday (#25): Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read / Finish A Book

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It’s Tuesday again! Hurray! And this week we will be listing the top ten things that will make us instantly not want to read a book. I was actually thinking last week that it’d be interesting to see the opposite from everyone, and I didn’t think to check then what this week’s theme would be, so imagine my surprise when I finally did check! So hurray! This will be fun.

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Unfathomable Chance by K.T. Munson (Review)

51a21xoukdl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: Unfathomable Chance
Author: K.T. Munson
Type: Fiction
Genre: New Adult, Sci-Fi
Date published: September 30, 2016
Format: Digital
Page Count: 194
Source: Author

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A digital copy of this book was kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryWhen Diana woke up on her 23rd birthday she thought it was going to be a normal day. She thought of donuts, coffee, and laughter. She did not think she was going to become the center in a galactic race to win her heart. None too pleased with the prospect of alien races descending on Earth to try and woo her, Diana does the only reasonable thing she can; she runs. Now she has to try and find a way to get rid of the blasted bracelet that is the cause of all the recent craziness in her life. The problem is this isn’t an ordinary bracelet; it contains the Heart of the Cosmos. Furthermore the Cosmos chose her for a reason and it isn’t keen on letting her go until she finishes what it started over ten years ago. Something tried to destroy it and now Diana isn’t just worried about her heart, she is worried about her life.

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Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer (ARC Review)

30163661Title: Spindle Fire
Author: Lexa Hillyer
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling
Publisher: Harper Collins
Date published: April 11, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 351
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryA kingdom burns. A princess sleeps. This is no fairy tale.

It all started with the burning of the spindles.

No.

It all started with a curse…

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

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