What I Learned From an Almost 6-Month, Mostly Unplanned Hiatus

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Wow. Where do I even start? If you’ve been following my blog in the past year or so, you might have realized I dropped off the face of the planet after January.  If you didn’t notice, then just read on for the Valuable Lessons portion of this post and skip the Explanation of Why the Heck I Haven’t Been Posting.

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The Perfect Fantasy for Horse Lovers | Review: Onyx & Ivory

Onyx & IvoryTitle: Onyx & Ivory

Author: Mindee Arnett

Series: Book 1 in a trilogy

Genre: YA, high fantasy

Pub. Date: May 15th, 2018

Synopsis: 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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In Which One Card Game Goes Horribly Wrong | Review: Ace of Shades

Ace of ShadesTitle: Ace of Shades 

Author: Amanda Foody

Series: The Shadow Game #1

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Pub. Date: April 10th, 2018

Synopsis: Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets and secrets hide in every shadow. Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.
Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…
And she’ll need to play.
 

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Down & Across Blog Tour

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Hello friends! Long time, no post! Before I start discussing this lovely book, I just want to apologize for my sudden absence. I think it started once I got the flu (yuck), and then school and theater all came crashing down on me. I’d like to say that I’m back, but I probably will only be posting sporadically for the next several months. It breaks my heart because I love blogging so much, but senior year is an absolute beast.

Anyways, today I’m here to celebrate Down and Across, a heartwarming and hilarious novel about finding your passion in life!

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Review: Reign of the Fallen

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Hi friends, today I’m sharing my thoughts on a very special book that’s releasing today! I’m sure you’ve all been anticipating Reign of the Fallen as much as me, this monster-filled, stabby fantasy absolutely captured my heart with its lovable characters and unique storytelling! I’m thrilled to be participating on this tour hosted by the one and only Brittany’s Book Rambles. And if you read till the end, there might just be a special surprise I threw in! *winky face*

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