Nexus (The Androma Saga #2) 🖤 BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY

I’m a part of another book’s blog tour, thanks to the Fantastic Flying Book Club! 🖤

As a BookTuber, I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about the first book in The Androma Saga, Zenith, by Sasha Alsberga way more popular BookTuberand Lindsay Cummings. The second and final book Nexus exceeded my expectations. I’m glad I gave this story a chance and made up my mind for myself. 🖤🖤🖤

Check out my review below, and don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post!

Nexus by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Synopsis

book cover#1 New York Times bestselling authors Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings deliver the dazzling finale to the acclaimed Androma Saga, where stunning betrayals and devastating secrets send an embattled galaxy spiraling into the ultimate nightmare.

Her ship is gone, her crew is captured and notorious mercenary Androma Racella is no longer the powerful Bloody Baroness, but a fugitive ruthlessly hunted across the Mirabel Galaxy. The bloodthirsty Queen Nor now rules most of the galaxy through a mind-control toxin and she’ll stop at nothing to destroy her most hated adversary.

Andi will risk anything, even her precious freedom, to find a cure. Stranded with her unlikely ally, Dex, on the unforgiving ice planet of Solera, their plan to infiltrate a black-market city proves dangerously irresistible.

Back in Arcardius, Nor’s actions have opened Mirabel to invasion. As Andi’s crew fights to regain their freedom, Andi and Dex discover a threat far greater than anything they’ve faced before.

Only by saving their mortal enemy can the crew of the Marauder make one last desperate strike to save the galaxy—unaware that a shattering, centuries-old secret may demand the most wrenching sacrifice of all.

About the Authors

Sasha Alsberg

SASHASasha Alsberg is the #1 NYT Bestselling Co-Author of ZENITH: The Androma Saga.

When Sasha is not writing or obsessing over Scotland she is making YouTube videos on her channel Abookutopia. She lives in Massachusetts with her dogs, Fraser and Fiona

For her writing, she is represented by Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary.

Check out Sasha on her website or over on Goodreads, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest!

Lindsay Cummings

LINDSAYLindsay Cummings is the #1 NYT Bestselling co-author of ZENITH, along with her duology, THE MURDER COMPLEX from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, and the MG trilogy THE BALANCE KEEPERS, from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. She is represented by Pete Knapp at Park Literary in NYC.

Lindsay deals with chronic fatigue, writes full time from her home in the deep woods in North Texas, and loves to chat with fellow book nerds. Lindsay created the #booknerdigans hashtag.

She’s still waiting on her letter from Hogwarts–it was probably just lost in the mail.

Check out Lindsay on her website or over on GoodreadsTwitter, Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube!

Review

Nexus
Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Again, this book exceeded my expectations. The characters, the world building, the adventure, the pacing. I flew through this book because the story kept me engaged. I never felt bored. I just kept flipping pages.

So I have a confession: I never read Zenith. There’s a trigger warning for rape in Zenith, and with my current mental space, I didn’t want to spiral. With that said, if you haven’t read Zenith yet, you can still jump right in to Nexus. Sasha and Lindsay expertly engage the reader while also catching up the reader from Zenith.

My favorite aspect of this book was the character development and its multiple point of views. Each chapter focused on a different character, which developed and propelled the story forward. Even with the point of view changes, I still followed along and understood the story without having read the first book.

I’m so glad I gave this book a try—enter the book giveaway below and give it a try too! 🖤

Book Links

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Giveaway

Enter the giveaway to win a copy of Nexus!

  • US only
  • Start Date: May 1, 2019
  • End Date: May 15, 2019

Blog Tour

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The Fever King 🖤 Review + Giveaway

I know I keep going on and on about The Fantastic Flying Book Club, but they are amazing.

Today they’re amazing because they gave me the opportunity to be a part of the blog tour for The Fever King by Victoria Lee. 

I actually heard about this book through Pitch Wars last year when I had entered my manuscript Sleeping Around. Victoria had entered this book, and I had talked to her on Twitter. 

So basically I was thrilled to join this tour and support Victoria. 🖤

And don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post!

The Fever King (Feverwake #1) by Victoria Lee

Publisher: Skyscape
Release Date: March 1, 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBT

Synopsis

In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Victoria Lee grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent twelve ascetic years as a vegetarian before discovering spicy chicken wings are, in fact, a delicacy. She’s been a state finalist competitive pianist, a hitchhiker, a pizza connoisseur, an EMT, an expat in China and Sweden, and a science doctoral student. She’s also a bit of a snob about fancy whisky.

Victoria writes early in the morning, then spends the rest of the day trying to impress her border collie puppy and make her experiments work.

She is represented by Holly Root and Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary.

Check out Victoria on her website or over on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

REVIEW

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ahh. This book has so many things. 

The themes, the characters, the magic, the discourse on immigration. And I love me some bisexual representation. 

I had a hard time getting into the story at first. It’s a dystopian setting, and there was a lot of world building going on in the beginning. Once I got my head around the setting, though, I was hooked. 

I needed to get to the bottom of the politics. I needed to know who Noam could trust. And, per usual, I needed romance. 

There is something for everyone in this book, and I’m so looking forward to the rest of this new series. 🖤

BOOK LINKS

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GIVEAWAY

Enter the giveaway to win a copy of The Fever King!

  • Start Date: March 18, 2019
  • End Date: March 31, 2019
  • US Only

BOOK TOUR

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The Waking Forest 🖤 Review + Giveaway

I’m a part of another book’s blog tour! 🖤

I hadn’t heard of The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees, but the moment I read the synopsis, I knew this book would be a book for me.

I wasn’t disappointed, to say the least. 🖤🖤🖤

Check out this spellbinding book, and don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post!

The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees

Publisher: Delacorte
Release Date: March 12, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis

Pan’s Labyrinth meets The Hazel Wood in this novel about a girl with terrifying visions and a wish-granting witch whose lives collide in the most unexpected of ways.

 The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very edge of her backyard. But when she reaches out to touch it, the forest vanishes. She’s desperate to know more–until she finds a peculiar boy who offers to reveal its secrets. If she plays a game.

 To the Witch, the forest is her home, where she sits on her throne of carved bone, waiting for dreaming children to beg her to grant their wishes. One night, a mysterious visitor arrives and asks her what she wishes for, but the Witch sends him away. And then the uninvited guest returns.

 The strangers are just the beginning. Something is stirring in the forest, and when Rhea’s and the Witch’s paths collide, a truth more treacherous and deadly than either could ever imagine surfaces. But how much are they willing to risk to survive?

About the Author

In between training in ballet and watching lots of Disney movies, Alyssa grew up writing stories starring her Beanie Babies. She earned a BA in English from Creighton University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. Currently she works as an assistant librarian in youth services at an awesome public library. She lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband and their two cats.

Check out Alyssa on her website or over on Goodreads, Twitter,  or Instagram!

Review

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book. This book was breathtaking. It was magical and dark and ethereal and spellbinding. It was three enchanting stories converging into one. Ugh. My heart aches in the best of ways. 🖤

FAVORITE QUOTES

🖤 “I have many faces, and I want to wear them all.”

🖤 “I’m not a doctor, but I don’t think any of that is because of your magic. It sounds like anxiety. It sounds like you have panic attacks. And that’s nothing to be ashamed of. It doesn’t make you weak or not able to handle things.”

🖤 “She could exist without him, dance on her own, quite well, in fact–but it was he who brought her back around to herself, somehow. Transformed her line into a circle.”

🖤 “The burning scream inside you hurts less when you keep moving, keep going, keep reaching, in whatever way you can.”

🖤 “He is a wish I want to come true again and again and again.”

🖤 “Sometimes I feel like I’m trapped in the eye of a storm…Like I’m the only quiet, still thing in a world that won’t stop spinning.”

🖤 “I don’t know much, but I do know this: I am an inhale. And he–he is an exhale. And we will always be together, each of us right behind the other, linked, until the very last breath.”

🖤 “I know this is terrifying for you…But it will end. All things end, eventually. Even the very best of stories. And the worst of them too.”

🖤 “Beauty is poison to monsters…They love beauty, covet it, but they can’t have it.”

🖤 “Some dreams are dangerous, the ones you try the hardest to forget. Because then they grow gaunt and bladed, and will come back clawing up your throat.”

🖤 “Because my name is cradled in your bones. Because your heart sounds the same as mine. Because a sky is just unremarkable darkness without the stars. It’s empty.”

🖤 “Sometimes secrets are secret for a reason, because to know them will hurt us more than to keep them hidden.”

BOOK LINKS

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GIVEAWAY

Enter the giveaway to win a signed copy of The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees!

  • Start Date: March 30, 2019
  • End Date: March 36, 2019
  • US Only

BOOK TOUR

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The Bone Witch Series 🖤 Review + Giveaway

So this post was supposed to be up 2 days ago. I got sick (again) and have been struggling with my mental health, but here it is. Finally. 👍🏻

Anyway, I was sent all three books in The Bone Witch trilogy by Rin Chupeco in exchange for an honest review in collaboration with the Fantastic Flying Book Club.

I had been eyeing this series for a while, and I feel so lucky I was included on this blog tour. 🖤

Also, don’t miss the playlist I created and giveaway at the end of this post!

The Shadow Glass by Rin Chupeco

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: March 1, 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis

The Bone Witch

In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series for readers of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price…

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch #2)

In The Bone Witch, Tea mastered resurrection―now she’s after revenge…

No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.

But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die…

War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.

The Shadow Glass(The Bone Witch #3)

The dramatic finale to The Bone Witch series! Tea’s dark magic eats away at her, but she must save the one she loves most, even while her life—and the kingdoms—are on the brink of destruction.

In the Eight Kingdoms, none have greater strength or influence than the asha, who hold elemental magic. But only a bone witch has the power to raise the dead. Tea has used this dark magic to breathe life into those she has loved and lost…and those who would join her army against the deceitful royals. But Tea’s quest to conjure a shadowglass, to achieve immortality for the one person she loves most in the world, threatens to consume her.

Tea’s heartsglass only grows darker with each new betrayal. Her work with the monstrous azi, her thirst for retribution, her desire to unmask the Faceless—they all feed the darkrot that is gradually consuming her heartsglass. She is haunted by blackouts and strange visions, and when she wakes with blood on her hands, Tea must answer to a power greater than the elder asha or even her conscience. Tea’s life—and the fate of the kingdoms—hangs in the balance.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. Dances like the neighbors are watching.

She is represented by Rebecca Podos of the Helen Rees Agency. She is also fond of speaking in the third person, and may as well finish this short bio in this manner. While she does not always get to check her Goodreads page, she does answer questions posed to her here as promptly as she is able to.

Check out Rin on her website or over on Goodreads, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram!

REVIEW

The Bone Witch
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Heart Forger
Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Shadow Glass
Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I loved so much about the series: the politics, the characters (particularly Tea, Kaled, Lihk, Khalad, Zoya, Shadi), the romances, the diversity, the magic. The story progressed over each book in the trilogy—told through two different timelines, the present and past—and each book was better than the last. 🖤

As a writer, I cannot begin to understand how Rin wrote this trilogy. The characters, the magic, the politics were all so complex and vital to the story. I’m amazed at how the character and world building served the plot progression. 

While this was a dramatic and action-filled story, I wasn’t as emotionally involved as I had hoped. I didn’t cry when important characters died, I rarely felt tense despite scenes of war, and it wasn’t until the final chapters of the third book that I shed a few tears. My only wish is that the emotion would have been cranked up throughout this series. If it had been, this series would have been 5 stars. 

I’m so happy that the Fantastic Flying Book Club included me on this blog tour so I could read this wonderful trilogy. 🖤🖤🖤

FAVORITE QUOTES

🖤 “If there is one thing people desire more than a good story…it is when they speak their own.”

🖤 “Sometimes it is good to remind ourselves how bitterness tastes.”

🖤 “When people cut us, we are expected to do only two things: smile and bleed.”

🖤 “We can endure any amount of sadness, for the people we love.”

🖤 “People will never be what you make of them, but at least your own heart stays yours and true.”

🖤 “Then perhaps we should carve a world one day where the strength lies in who you are, rather than in what they expect you to be.”

🖤 “It’s not such a bad thing, to feel powerless sometimes. It teaches us that some situations are inevitable and that we should spend what little time we have in the company of the people that matter most.”

🖤 “But fear is a powerful motivator.”

🖤 “But grief means you have loved. To love opens up the possibility for grief. There cannot be one without the other.”

🖤 “People need someone to hate. And it’s easier to see that in others than to find it in themselves.”

🖤 “Patience is the long pause between action and its consequences. Lengthier silences open you up to introspection, and I’ve known a lot of solitude.”

🖤 “I don’t chase after people who don’t feel the same way about me as I do about them.”

🖤 “And you’re an ugly old woman hiding her mediocrity in expensive clothes.”

🖤 “Lies are sweet to the palate, but the truth is often spat out, bitter and rancid.”

🖤 “People tend to believe those who are in charge, no matter how ridiculous or corrupt they may be.”

🖤 “Have you ever loved anyone so fiercely you were afraid it might shatter you? It was a blessing and a burden I carried.”

🖤 “It is never wrong to wish for more happiness.”

PLAYLIST

Check out the Spotify playlist I created inspired by The Shadow Glass! 👌🏻

BOOK LINKS

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GIVEAWAY

Enter the giveaway to win a signed copy of The Shadow Glass, an art print of Tea, signed bookplates, and stickers of Tea, Kalen, and Fox! Prizes pictured below!

  • Start Date: March 1, 2019
  • End Date: March 15, 2019

BOOK TOUR

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A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES 🖤 book review + reading vlog

So I was super skeptical going into A Court of Thorns and Roses, but now I’m OBSESSED.

Here’s my review and vlog of the first book in what I hope to be a new favorite series! 🖤

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury
ReleaseDate: May 5, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Review

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

First things first. Why did no one scream at me to read this sooner?

This is my first time reading a book by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve heard mixed things about this series in particular on book blogs and BookTube. But I’m so glad I picked up this book. 🖤

There were many things I didn’t like—Tamlin’s character development (I never felt like I knew who he was), language used to describe the sex scenes (e.g. “predatory”), and other issues I mention in my vlog—but the plot. Feyre. Her trials. The fae world. The DRAMA OF IT ALL.

I have a feeling we’re going great places in the next book, even if I’m nervous about how it will all go down. Now I can’t wait to finish this series and read the Throne of Glass series next!

Vlog

My review vlog for A Court of Mist and Fury to come! 🖤

Have you read this series, reader friends? Let me know what you think in the comments!

5 Books I Wish I Read as a Kid 😞

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I’m sad (to say the least) that I didn’t read these 5 books as a kid. 😞

What books do you wish you read when you were younger?

West Book Blog Tour

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So I plan to have my own review for both East and West (East #2) by Edith Pattou coming soon—but for now—here’s some information about this intriguing, whimsical, and fairytale-like story that I hope to pick up soon. 👌🏻

Are you planning to read either of these books soon? I would love to buddy read with you! 🖤 Let me know in the comments if you’re interested.

West (East #2) by Edith Pattou

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 23, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

SYNOPSIS

In the sequel to the beloved high fantasy East, Rose sets off on a perilous journey to find her true love when he goes missing in a thrilling tale of danger, magic, adventure, and revenge.

When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her happily-ever-after with Charles—until a sudden storm destroys his ship and he is presumed dead. But Rose doesn’t believe the shipwreck was an act of nature, nor does she believe Charles is truly dead. Something much more sinister is at work. With mysterious and unstoppable forces threatening the lives of the people she loves, Rose must once again set off on a perilous journey. And this time, the fate of the entire world is at stake.

 

REVIEWS

“A wait of longer than a decade proves completely worthwhile in the case of Pattou’s continuing spin on Norwegian myth filled with fully realized human characters and adventures both fantastic and emotionally authentic.”—School Library Journal, STARRED review

“Necessary wherever the first is popular; a good addition to any collection where fairy-tale retellings circulate well.”—Kirkus Reviews

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Edith Pattou is the author of several fantasy novels, including East, an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. She is a graduate of the Francis W. Parker School, Scripps College (B.A., English), Claremont Graduate School (M.A., English) and UCLA (M.L.I.S.). She is married to Charles Emery, a professor of psychology at The Ohio State University. They have one child, a daughter.

   

 BOOK LINKS

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