Blog Tour: Jade War by Fonda Lee | Review + Quote Graphics

I remember coming home and cracking open my package to see Jade War. It’s my first physical ARC ever. I am so glad that it was for this book. One of my most anticipated sequels of the entire year. A huge thank you to Orbit books, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea and Caffeine Book Tours for giving me an opportunity to be a part of the Jade War tour.

I always hesitate to read sequels. It’s something that I believed since I started reading. I am happy to report that Jade War breaks that cycle. Not only its a good follow up to the first book in the saga, Jade City but it’s even better than first one and I didn’t think that was possible.

Jade War excels on all fronts: plot, characters and the world. It’s one of the few books which has managed to do that?! Honestly, this book is nothing short of a masterpiece.

The character development in this series continues to be phenomenal. Every one has a part to play in the grand scheme of things and I loved that. All my favorites are thriving (Hilo!!!) and there are a few who wormed their way into my heart(Wen!).

The plot continues to be a roller coaster. There was never a dull movement in the entire book. A lot of action packed sequences and the final 100 or so pages were exceptional. Fonda Lee never lost me as an audience until the end. I love that, even in the sequel, we continue to explore the themes of family and honor.

The world-building of Green Bone Saga is one of the best out there. If you love your fantasy books with an intricate world, please consider reading this Asian gangster fantasy series. For those who enjoyed Jade City, I am sure that you will love the sequel too.

Some of my favorite quotes from Jade War:

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Jade War
Author: Fonda Lee
Publisher: Orbit Books
Publication date: 23 July 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

In Jade War, the sequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning novel Jade City, the Kaul siblings battle rival clans for honor and control over an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis.

On the island of Kekon, the Kaul family is locked in a violent feud for control of the capital city and the supply of magical jade that endows trained Green Bone warriors with supernatural powers they alone have possessed for hundreds of years.

Beyond Kekon’s borders, war is brewing. Powerful foreign governments and mercenary criminal kingpins alike turn their eyes on the island nation. Jade, Kekon’s most prized resource, could make them rich – or give them the edge they’d need to topple their rivals.

Faced with threats on all sides, the Kaul family is forced to form new and dangerous alliances, confront enemies in the darkest streets and the tallest office towers, and put honor aside in order to do whatever it takes to ensure their own survival – and that of all the Green Bones of Kekon.

Jade War is the second book of the Green Bone Saga, an epic trilogy about family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of blood and jade.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for adults and teens. She is the author of the Green Bone Saga, beginning with Jade City (Orbit), which won the 2018 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, was nominated for the Nebula Award and the Locus Award, and was named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Barnes & Noble, Syfy Wire, and others. The second book in the Green Bone Saga, Jade War, releases in the summer of 2019. Fonda’s young adult science fiction novels Zeroboxer (Flux), Exo and Cross Fire (Scholastic), have garnered numerous accolades including being named Junior Library Guild Selection, Andre Norton Award finalist, Oregon Book Award finalist, Oregon Spirit Book Award winner, and YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. In 2018, Fonda gained the distinction of winning the Aurora Award, Canada’s national science fiction and fantasy award, twice in the same year for Best Novel and Best Young Adult Novel.

Fonda wrote her first novel, about a dragon on a quest for a magic pendant, in fifth grade during the long bus ride to and from school each day. Many years later, she cast her high school classmates as characters in her second novel, a pulpy superhero saga co-written with a friend by passing a graphing calculator back and forth during biology class. Fortunately, both of these experiments are lost to the world forever.

Fonda is a former corporate strategist who has worked for or advised a number of Fortune 500 companies. She holds black belts in karate and kung fu, goes mad for smart action movies (think The Matrix, Inception, and Minority Report) and is an Eggs Benedict enthusiast. Born and raised in Calgary, Canada, she currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

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Hungry Hearts Food Crawl | Review + Giveaway

Hello, friends! Welcome to my stop on the Hungry Hearts Food Crawl ❤ Thank you so much to Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads and CW @ The Quiet Pond for letting me be a part of this blog tour.

Today I’m going to review the story titled “The Grand Ishq Adventure” by Sandhya Menon.

Also, I apologise if the formatting is wonky, I am currently out of station and I don’t have a laptop to check my post format.

Rating: 4/5 stars

I will start fangirling now because I loved this story so much. Reading ownvoices stories always leaves me with so much joy and a feeling of belonging. So a thank you to Sandhya Menon for writing this story. I’m also a big foodie, so reading this story and the anthology felt like an added blessing.

The Grand Ishq Adventure starts with Neha whose name means love and she writes a love advice column. She is a control freak(her words, not mine) and has a crush on Prem, his name also means love). Coincidence, I think not! Also, Ishq means “love” in Urdu. See, there’s a lot to love in this story already.

I know what you’re thinking just based on the fact that out parents cosmically decided to give us names that mean the exact same thing — we’re meant to be.

Since Neha as Dr.Ishq advices people on love, she suggests a diagnosis and wants to follow the same.

Diagnosis: Self-defeating cowardice in the face of the possibility of great love. Prescription: Four acts of bravery over the course of next week. A grand Ishq adventure, if you will.

And so the adventure begins. There is a message of trying something different every day and I loved that. I think I’m going to incorporate something like that in my daily life too. I enjoyed reading about each day and going along with her on this journey.

I believe great food and great self-esteem pave the path to great love.

This anthology releases on June 28 so go and get your copies.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

From some of your favorite bestselling and critically acclaimed authors—including Sandhya Menon, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Rin Chupeco—comes a collection of interconnected short stories that explore the intersection of family, culture, and food in the lives of thirteen teens.

A shy teenager attempts to express how she really feels through the confections she makes at her family’s pasteleria. A tourist from Montenegro desperately seeks a magic soup dumpling that could cure his fear of death. An aspiring chef realizes that butter and soul are the key ingredients to win a cooking competition that could win him the money to save his mother’s life.

Welcome to Hungry Hearts Row, where the answers to most of life’s hard questions are kneaded, rolled, baked. Where a typical greeting is, “Have you had anything to eat?” Where magic and food and love are sometimes one and the same.

Told in interconnected short stories, Hungry Hearts explores the many meanings food can take on beyond mere nourishment. It can symbolize love and despair, family and culture, belonging and home.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels with lots of kissing,
girl power, and swoony boys. A full-time dog servant and part-time writer, she makes her home
in the foggy mountains of Colorado.


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ABOUT THE EDITORS

Elsie Chapman grew up in Prince George, Canada, and has a degree in English literature from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of the YA novels Dualed, Divided, Along the Indigo, and Caster as well as the MG novel All the Ways Home, and co-editor of A Thousand Beginnings and Endings and Hungry Hearts. She currently lives in Tokyo, Japan, with her family.
Photo Credit: Michael Meskin

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Caroline Tung Richmond is an award-winning young adult author, whose historical novels include The Only Thing to Fear, The Darkest Hour, and Live In Infamy. She’s also the co-editor of the anthology Hungry Hearts, which features stories about food and will come out in June
2019 from Simon Pulse. Her work is represented by Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich.

Caroline is also the Program Director of We Need Diverse Books, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that
advocates for diversity in children’s publishing.

After growing up in the Washington, D.C. area Caroline now lives in Virginia with her family.After growing up in the Washington, D.C. area Caroline now lives in Virginia with her family.

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Blog Tour: King of Fools | Review + Giveaway

Hello, loves ❤ Welcome to my tour stop on the King of Fools blog tour. I’m so grateful that I got a chance to read this book. Thank you so much to FFBC for letting me be a part of this blog tour!

I just finished Ace of Shades last week and I loved it. I know many people are comparing it to Six of Crows but I never thought that..? I was apprehensive going into the second book because let’s be honest, second book syndrome is a THING! But I’m happy to report that King of Fools does not follow that trend.

My excitement about this sequel started when the author tweeted this about being a girl gang book and I thought, “This is something that I would love to read” and well, here we are.


If someone wanted to call her naive, then they would. If someone wanted to call her heartless, then they would. It didn’t matter whether she decked herself in knives or pearls. The world would always demand that a girl apologize for herself, but she would apologize for nothing.

The most wonderful part of this book had to be the character development. I mean, I already loved some of the characters (*cough* Levi) but this one made me root for all of them. Also, I think I love Lola ❤

Another part I’m most impressed with is the city of New Reynes, which sounds so much like Las Vegas but better (or worse..?). There are street gangs and crime families and the aesthetic of the city is a part of the storyline.

Overall, King of Fool is a great sequel in The Shadow Game series and I would very much like to read book 3 now!

4 out of 5 stars
4 stars

Giveaway

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About the Book


King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2)
by Amanda Foody
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Release Date: April 30th 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Indulge your vices in the City of Sin, where a sinister street war is brewing and fame is the deadliest killer of them all…

On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Seance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.

Thirsting for his freedom and the chance to build an empire, Levi enters an unlikely partnership with Vianca Augustine’s estranged son. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by the mafia donna’s binding oath, playing the roles of both darling lady and cunning street lord, unsure which side of herself reflects the truth.

As Enne and Levi walk a path of unimaginable wealth and opportunity, new relationships and deadly secrets could quickly lead them into ruin. And when unforeseen players enter the game, they must each make an impossible choice: To sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive…

Or die as legends.

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About the Author

Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After spending her childhood longing to attend Hogwarts, she now loves to write about immersive settings and characters grappling with insurmountable destinies. She holds a Masters in Accountancy from Villanova University, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from the College of William and Mary. Currently, she lives in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her many siblings and many books. Her books include DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY and ACE OF SHADES. The next installment of THE SHADOW GAME TRILOGY, KING OF FOOLS, releases on April 30, 2019.

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Blog Tour + Giveaway: Small Town Hearts | Review

Hello, friends ❤ Welcome to my tour stop of Small Town Hearts blog tour. I’m so grateful that I got a chance to read this book. Thank you so much to FFBC for letting me be a part of this blog tour!

In short, Small Town Hearts was amazing. It was everything that I like in a contemporary story.

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Blog Tour: Wicked Saints | Review

Hello, friends ❤ Welcome to my tour stop of Wicked Saints blog tour. I’m so grateful that I got a chance to read this book. Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for letting me be a part of this blog tour!

Wicked Saints might end up being one of my favorites of 2019. It features amazing world-building and the narrative is so atmospheric and haunting.

I especially love the story of the character calling up gods. There is an intricate tangling with religion and war. I adored the writing style and it feels like a Slavic inspired tale. The backdrop of a war between two nations enriched this tale even more.

We’re all monsters, Nadya, some of us just hide it better than others.

Wicked Saints

I also adore the romance here. There are some truly great moments among the characters. There is also disability rep with some of these characters, I truly enjoyed reading about them.

The writing is what impressed me the most. There is so much beauty in the worlds that the author created and I did not what to stop reading about them.

Overall, Wicked Saints is a wonderful debut with some dark and gothic moments which I enjoyed and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel in Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

Rating: 4 stars

About the Book


Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1)
by Emily A. Duncan
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: April 2nd 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. 

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy..

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About the Author

EMILY A. DUNCAN works as a youth services librarian. She received a Master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, which mostly taught her how to find obscure Slavic folklore texts through interlibrary loan systems. When not reading or writing, she enjoys playing copious amounts of video games and dungeons and dragons. Wicked Saints is her first book. She lives in Ohio.

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Blog Tour: The Fever King | Review + Favorite Quotes

Rating: 4 stars

You guys, The Fever King might end up being one of my favorite reads this year. I swear to god, this book was captivating and spell-binding and I read it in one sitting in a day.

I wish I could describe in just a sentence how much this book meant to me. I want to sum it up in a few lines but I keep going back and forth. However, I can promise you that The Fever King will you take you on a incredible journey with some fantastic characters that you can’t help but root for (or against?)

I also loved the way the author built the world. There is so much relevancy to our present situation in the world: what it means to be an immigrant and how much it effects your life every day. I enjoyed reading the manner in which the magic was built around the plot. The story line is so damn entertaining and I loved the futuristic setting.

Just throwing it out there that I would 100% die for Noam and Dara.
Noam is a biracial bisexual Jewish teen and Dara is a gay POC character. There is a wonderful slow burn romance and I had my heart eyes on the entire time. I do wish we got more from the side characters but maybe we will see more of them in the sequel. *Fingers crossed*

The last 30% was jam packed and I started questioning everything and everyone and also the ending absolutely killed me. How am I supposed to wait a year for The Electric Heir?

If you love futuristic dystopian setting with magic and diverse characters with a focus on social issues, then The Fever King needs to be your first pick.

Check out the detailed content warnings on the author’s site.

Favorite Quotes

The void from earlier was back, yawning wide in Noam’s chest. Dara felt it too, he thought. Dara might not have lost his family, but he had that same hole inside him. They matched.

That was the whole point. Governments didn’t have to listen to the people until the people made it hurt not to listen.

Dara reminded Noam of a piece o tourmaline he found once, gleaming a different color every time he tilted it to a new angle.

ABOUT THE BOOK


The Fever King (Feverwake #1)
by Victoria Lee
Publisher: Skyscape
Release Date: March 1st 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.

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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.
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Gorgeous Covers Reveals of this week

Hello loves ❤ I’m finally back after a long time (a really long time tbh). I finished all my end semester exams and now I’m free to read and blog again. Also, I have some new followers since my last post, so this is my official hello to you all and thank you so much for your support.

This week we got to see many covers and I just wanted to share some of them with you guys and fangirl about them.

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura

gorgeous girl with leaves at the bottom


Do you see this cover? I swear my heart almost fluttered when I first laid my eyes on this beauty. The synopsis sounds brilliant and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

Releases on June 4, 2019

You can now pre-order this:
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We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

a girl with a blue coat and a palace in the background


We Hunt the Flame already had a beautiful cover but I think I love this even more. It’s so aesthetically pleasing and I love the font.
This cover is done by Simon Prades.

Releases on May 14, 2019

You can pre-order this at:
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The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao

girl with a staff and a dragon in the background


Say hello to one of my favorite illustrated covers released this week. Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea unveiled this yesterday. You can read more about this here.
This cover is illustrated by Vivienne To.

Releases on Oct. 15,2019

You can pre-order this at:
Amazon | Book Depository

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

roses falling out a sliver cup



Vampires are BACK. Honestly I can’t wait to read this book. The cover is so haunting and I love the rose petals falling and the font is A++.

Releases on Oct. 8, 2019

You can pre-order this at:
Amazon | Book Depository

All these books are from diverse authors and you can support them by pre-ordering their books using the links given above.


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Review: Eliza and Her Monsters // I might have cried

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I succeed in disappearing in my disguise, and I excel at standing out in my true form.

Believe me when I say that this book is too precious for this world. Too special.Too valuable.

I can also say that it will make you sob your heart out and it will carve out a special place there as it did for me. I haven’t read Made You Up by Francesca Zappia so I had no idea what I was getting into and I was blown away.

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