The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova (Blog Tour: Review)

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Author: Elise Kova
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, NA, Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Date published: July 11, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 488
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, and a digital copy was provided by the blog tour host through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryCvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

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Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn (Blog Tour: Q&A & Review)

31145064Title: Wesley James Ruined My Life
Author: Jennifer Honeybourn
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Date published: July 18, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 256
Source: Book distributor
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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the book distributor, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.

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My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (Review)

exorcism-final-web-largeTitle: My Best Friend’s Exorcism
Author: Grady Hendrix
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Adult, Horror, Fantasy, Supernatural, Paranormal, Humor,
Imprint: Quirk Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Date published: July 11, 2017 (originally published on May 17, 2016)
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 336
Source: Publisher

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

SynopsisA heartwarming story of friendship and demonic possession. The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act…different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries–and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil? Like an unholy hybrid of Beaches and The ExorcistMy Best Friend’s Exorcism blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of ’80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller. 

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Now I Rise by Kiersten White (Review)

now-i-riseTitle: Now I Rise
Author: Kiersten White
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Historical, Fantasy
Imprint: Delacorte Press
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Date published: June 27, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 496
Source: Publisher

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

SynopsisShe has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself.

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

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Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (Review)

31423196Title: Defy the Stars
Author: Claudia Gray
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Romance, Dystopia
Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Date published: April 4, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 503
Source: Publisher

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

SynopsisShe’s a soldier.

Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.

He’s a machine.

Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.

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Calendar Girls (#7 / July 2017): Best Fairytale Retelling

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Yaaaay it’s July! Which means that I’m very happy because it’s Summer (and cottage season in Canada), and that I’m also happy because it’s time for one of my favourite Calendar Girls Books prompts! This month it’s all about fairytale retellings. Some of you may have read in my previous posts that I really like the original fairytales (even the gruesome ones), and that I was a teaching assistant to a professor who taught fairytales at my university. I’m also a big fan of retellings, and wish that I had read more of them up to this point! I really didn’t realize how few of them I have read so far, until I went through my list and tried to pick my favourite. It’s quite sad actually, and I need to work on that. The good news is that I did manage to pick one, and it really is my favourite so far!

Also, for those of you who might have missed it, we have made some updates to Calendar Girls Books, specifically to when our montly #CGBchat is happening on Twitter. My co-host Melanie will also be hosting a read-a-long this month, to go with our fairytale retelling theme, and the book which she and other participants will be reading is Roseblood by A.G. Howard. You can read more about these updates here!

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (ARC Review)

29283884Title: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Historical, Fantasy, GLBT
Imprint: Katherine Tegen Books
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date published: June 27, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 528
Source: Publisher

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

Summary: An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way. Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

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Top Ten Tuesday (#28): Top Ten Books I’ve Read In 2017 So Far

toptentuesday2I had a very strange experience just a few minutes ago. Last night and this morning, while laying in bed, I was thinking of how I hadn’t looked at the Top Ten Tuesday prompt for this week yet, and that I really should. I was also thinking that I really wish Top Ten Tuesday would prompt us to share our best reads of 2017 so far, because I really want to talk about them! So, then I go to check the prompts…and was just creeped out, because this week’s is Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far, hahaha…ha.

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