Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Listen to Your Heart

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for! Here's mine for the week.

Title: Listen to Your Heart
AuthorKasie West
Release Date: May 29, 2018

Talking to other people isn't Kate Bailey's favorite activity. She'd much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school's podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she'll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate's surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend ... until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

Kasie West's adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere. (taken from

Why I Need It: 

This one comes out just as summer begins, and it couldn't be more perfect! Sunshine on the lake and podcasts? Plus some romance? It's like this book was written just for me.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight 
Author: Sarah J. Maas 
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1 
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA  
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Format: Hardback

Page Count: 272


Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming.

As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court. (taken from

"Deep inside me, rising with every swirling flake, a sparkling, crisp power stirred. 
I was High Lady of the Night Court. "  

Basically, this review is going to contain two central themes that define how I feel about this book:

1) I ardently adore the characters in this series and will read anything set in this world.

2) This book was not totally necessary or relevant.

So, having read that, you probably understand my main thoughts on A Court of Frost and Starlight, but if you'd like to find out more, by all means keep reading.

This book is told in alternating points of view between pretty much all of the big characters. What's strange is that only Rhysand and Feyre have first-person POV chapters while everyone else is in third-person. Not sure why Maas made that creative decision, but I did find it a little odd. However, I like getting to know all of my babies better. Yes, they are my babies, don't fight me on this.

Winter solstice is approaching, and let's be honest: it's really just a Christmas story. This is a novel about buying gifts, celebrating the holiday with decorations, and being thankful. Cute, but definitely a play on a mini-Christmas story like those specials you see on TV.

The characters are what make this book worth reading. Want to read about how Azriel and Cassian celebrate the holiday? Dying to know what step comes next in Rhysand and Feyre's relationship? How's Amren faring, you ask? Then give it a shot, but don't expect it to hold the drama and excellent storytelling that were present in A Court of Wings and Ruin. This book is a small peek into the "after," nothing more.

So, overall, I love it, but I also kind of feel like this book was a bit random. There was really no plot, and with it being so short, it feels like a tiny taste of Maas' true glory. Read it if you're a fan of the series but don't expect too much plot development or anything. 

My love for these characters is undying.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for! Here's mine for the week.

Title: Summer of Salt
AuthorKatrina Leno
Release Date: June 5 2018

A magic passed down through generations . . .

Georgina Fernweh waits with growing impatience for the tingle of magic in her fingers—magic that has been passed down through every woman in her family. Her twin sister, Mary, already shows an ability to defy gravity. But with their eighteenth birthday looming at the end of this summer, Georgina fears her gift will never come.

An island where strange things happen...

No one on the island of By-the-Sea would ever call the Fernwehs what they really are, but if you need the odd bit of help—say, a sleeping aid concocted by moonlight—they are the ones to ask.

No one questions the weather, as moody and erratic as a summer storm.

No one questions the (allegedly) three-hundred-year-old bird who comes to roost on the island every year.

A summer that will become legend...

When tragedy strikes, what made the Fernweh women special suddenly casts them in suspicion. Over the course of her last summer on the island—a summer of storms, of love, of salt—Georgina will learn the truth about magic, in all its many forms. (taken from

Why I Need It: 

I love everything about the sound of this one. The cover is to die-for, the synopsis is totally intriguing, and it comes out in just a few weeks. Definitely pumped to get my hands on a copy ASAP.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

A Chat with Mindee Arnett, Author of ONYX AND IVORY

We have with us today Mindee Arnett, whose new novel Onyx and Ivory hits shelves on May 15. Keep reading to learn why she loves fantasy, what underrated books she wants you to read, and more. 

Mindee Arnett is the author of the critically acclaimed sci-fi thriller Avalon as well the Arkwell Academy series. An avid eventer, she lives on a farm near Dayton, Ohio with her husband, two kids, and assorted animals. 

When not telling tales of magic, the supernatural, or outer space, she can be found on a horse, trying to jump anything that will stand still. Onyx and Ivory is her first foray into high fantasy. Find her on the web at

Where do you think your love of fantasy stories comes from?  

I’m pretty sure I was just born with it. I feel like the things that attract us are ingrained, and while nurture plays a part, it’s a fairly small one. My mother, for instance, doesn’t have any interest in fantasy or science fiction. My dad, on the other hand, did like those things, but it was a passing interest. Nothing at all like my over-the-top obsession. What’s funny is that I also love stories of supernatural suspense, and I can promise neither of my parents had any interest in those. But really, whether it’s fantasy, sci-fi, or horror, I think the appeal for me is the same: a world that’s just a little more than our own.

Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what do you listen to?  

I do listen to music a bunch, and it’s always some kind of score. No singing, no words. I’m too easily distracted by lyrics to listen to them. Instead, my iTunes is full of movie scores and classical. My favorite composer by far is Ludovico Einauldi, and I listen to him more than anything. For Onyx and Ivory, I listened to the soundtrack to The Man From Snowy River a bunch as well as Pride and Prejudice from the 2006 movie.

What was the most challenging part of writing Onyx and Ivory

By far the hardest part was the multiple points of view. I’d written third person before, but this was my first time with dual protagonists. It took me a long time and several revisions to truly make it work. And according to my editor, I ended up doing something fairly unusual in that both Kate and Corwin have a full character arc. I’m hopeful readers will like that.

Can we expect this series to keep growing after the first book? 

This truly is the million dollar question. There is a sequel to Onyx and Ivory and it’s definitely a conclusion to Kate and Corwin’s stories. There are no current plans to evolve the series beyond that. However, there are definitely ways I could grow it and would willingly do so, but it depends completely on the success of the first two books. These days series only continue for books that have above average sales and popularity. The best way readers can help getting a series to go the distance is by buying the book (obviously), recommending to others, and leaving reviews on booksellers’ websites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Who is your favorite character in Onyx and Ivory

Kate is my favorite character. I relate to her on so many levels. At the beginning of the book, she’s a young woman who’s lost her place in the world. She doesn’t know who she is, what she’s meant to be. I think all of us can relate to that, young or old.

What is one underrated book you would like to recommend to everyone? 

Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee and its sequel The Infinite. Lori is my critique partner, and while that does make me a little bias, it’s a wonderful series. It’s a fantasy about a young woman who can manipulate the threads of time. There’s also a swoony, heartbreaking romance. 

Thanks for having me visit! It was an honor to be here.

Release Date: May 15, 2018 

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime. 
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