31
Jul

Remember, heads high. Smiles. They’re going to love you! I hear Cinna’s voice in my head. I lift my chin a bit higher, put on my most winning smile, and wave with my free hand. I’m glad now I have Peeta to clutch for balance, he is so steady, solid as a rock.

(Source: everlarkresource, via shadowhuntingwanderer)

30
Jul

 

Storm Siren by Mary Weber 

Book Description:

“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight … not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

My Review:

First, did you see the gorgeousness that is that cover? Look again. It’s awesome. I love it. I’m so glad the inside of the book was as awesome as the outside. I loved this book! I kind of stumbled across it, but when I read the synopsis and then saw that amazing cover, I knew I had to have it. I’m so grateful I was given an ARC to review. This book is full of awesome and I can’t wait for everyone to get to read it. 


I adored everything about this book. It has everything you could ask for in a novel. Fantasy, intrigue, suspense, romance, humor, friendship, scandal, betrayal, all right here. The plot was intricate and imaginative. I liked the backdrop full of all the deceptions and loyalties of royal kingdoms, war and court life. The setting was vivid and intriguing, and the characters multifaceted and vibrant. I can’t even choose a most loved character, I enjoyed them all. I even love their names. Nym’s journey isn’t an easy one, her lessons are hard, but she learns. It was great to watch her character growth throughout the novel. There was also plenty of action. I was on the edge of my seat, and this book definitely took me by surprise (in a good way) in the end. And that crazy cliff hanger!!! O.O I’m sad it’s going to be such a long wait until the next book in the series. I can’t wait to see where it will go. 

Overall an excellent debut novel by Mary Weber that actually got me out of a small reading slump. Having a book that you’re looking forward to reading is the best feeling. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time in Faelen with Nym, Colin, Eogan, Breck and the rest. I’m excited to see where this story will go.


*An ARC was provided by the publisher & NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

5 stars

30
Jul
30
Jul

booksandhotchocolate:

To celebrate Books and Hot Chocolate’s latest follower milestone, I decided to hold a mini giveaway featuring the books I’ve read and re-read so far this first half of the year :)

Rules:

  • Must be following booksandhotchocolate (this is exclusive for my followers only)
  • Reblog and like for a chance to win. You can reblog several times but please don’t spam your followers. NO GIVEAWAY BLOGS.
  • There will be three winners getting one book each.
  • Winners may choose ANY book written by any of the authors featured above.
  • Books may be hardcover or paperback but must be under $20 (Canadian dollars)
  • This will be available worldwide (wherever) The Book Depository ships.
  • You must be willing to give your shipping address away to me.
  • The winners will be randomly chosen through a random number generator
  • Keep your ask box open so I can contact you if you win. The winners have 24 hours to reply back to me via messaging (NOT fan mail)
  • The giveaway ends August 5th, 2014
  • If you have any questions ask me here (I will not answer anon questions)

(via booksandhotchocolate)