Heroes of Arcania Cover Reveal

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Good Morning lovelies!

Today I get to share with you all some awesome covers for the Heroes of Arcania series! I’m very intrigued by this series and can’t wait to pick up the first book to read. Once I do, I’ll be sure to share my thoughts with you all 😊 For the meantime, be sure to check out the covers & synopses below! 

💋 NicoleLynn

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SuperNova (HoA #1), Fortune’s Favor (HoA #2), Unbreakable (HoA #3)

Heroes of Arcania Trilogy

COVER REVEAL

May 26th, 2016

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The streets of Arcania are overrun with crime, deteriorating as a madman named Fortune makes himself at home. He shows no mercy, striking down anyone in his path – including Nova Benson’s little sister. Devastated, Nova vows to seek justice for her family, but aside from her freak strength and impenetrable skin, how is she supposed to stop a monster like Fortune?

Cole Warner wants to help people. Entrusted to keep his family’s secret, he’s also frustrated at having to hide his gift. He knows he could do more to help in the fight against Fortune. If he could convince his sister Penelope to join him, they might even have a chance at beating him. When Cole meets Nova, he realizes his whole world is about to change. And he’s going to welcome it with open arms.

Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan.

Then again, neither was becoming a superhero.

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Nova will learn it takes more than sheer strength to be a superhero. Her world implodes when Fortune strikes back for all the trouble she’s caused. His dangerous games put everyone around her at risk, especially when he decides to turn Arcania against its precious Heroes. Nova wants to protect Arcania, but how does she save a city that doesn’t want her help?

Cole has no idea how to deal with his sister Penelope, especially now that she’s learned the truth about their family secret. Thanks to Fortune, she’s headed down a dark path, one with no return. Torn between helping Nova and protecting his sister, Cole will be forced to make a choice. Tensions rise as Cole and Nova discover war will come to Arcania if they don’t get Fortune off the streets…or preferably six feet under.

Nova and Cole might have each other, but will they lose everything else in their mission to save Arcania?

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Nova started the fight against Fortune for simple revenge, but now it’s turned into something much bigger. Arcania’s criminals are at each other’s throats, putting the city right in the middle of a warzone. She’ll have to work with a few unlikely allies to end Fortune’s games once and for all. Nova thought she understood what it meant to be a superhero, but will she have to lose herself to truly defeat Fortune?

Fortune has given Cole a choice, one with unbearable consequences. When Cole takes matters into his own hands to save his sister Penelope, he realizes too late he’s another pawn in Fortune’s games. Fortune will use Cole’s gift against his enemies…including Nova. Cole will have to become the hero he always wanted to be if he’s going to protect the love of his life.

Nova and Cole could finally save Arcania from Fortune’s deadly games, but are they willing to sacrifice each other?

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~*~ABOUT LIZ~*~

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Liz Long is a proud graduate of Longwood University. Her inspiration comes from action and thriller genres and she spends entirely too much time watching superhero movies. Her day job includes writing for a magazine publisher in Roanoke, VA.

The Donovan Circus series has best been described as “X-Men meets the circus.” Adult horror story Witch Hearts tells the tale of a serial killer hunting witches for their powers. New Adult PNR A Reaper Made is about a teen Reaper who gets caught between falling in love or saving her sister’s soul. All titles are available for paperback or ebook on Amazon.

To learn more about Liz (including more information on her books, plus writing, marketing, and social media tips), visit her website: http://lizclong.com.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know your thoughts on this new series!

Mini Review: Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin

Good Morning Lovelies!

I’m excited to be bringing you my thoughts on a “middle-grade” read today! This book was another read I had for class last semester, but I’m so happy I chose this one: Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin. As I’ve been mentioning to almost everyone, I’m trying to explore/read more of this age-range. I’ve picked up a few books on my own through BookOutlet.com, have read some already for class, and explored my local library’s shelves. I’m truly excited to delve into these books and read more outside of YA. If you have any recommendations, feel free to leave them below in the comments! For my quick thoughts on Breaking Stalin’s Nose, please continue reading below!:)

Ownership: I borrowed from the library
Genre:
MG Historical Fiction
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Company, LLC
Published: 2011
Pages:
151
Price:
$15.99 (hardcover);
Place:
Amazon, B & N, Book DepositoryGoodReads, IndieBound

My Rating:

Breaking Stalin’s Nose, written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin, follows 10-year-old Sasha Zaichik. Sasha has only known one way of life, one mindset. He’s been preparing to become a Soviet Young Pioneer–showing his devotion to Comrade Stalin, the Communist Part and Communism–for most of his life. Now it’s finally time to be sworn into the Young Pioneers, but suddenly things start going awry. Over a short few days, Sasha’s world is turned upside down. Soon he beings to question his loyalty, the actions asked of him, and who he can really call an ally.

Yelchin does a wonderful job of bringing to life a story not usually told. It was really great to get this point of view of life for a boy living under Stalin and Communism. Yelchin provides great insight into the brainwashing and mindset of most of the people living under Stalin’s rule as well as the huge amount of fear permeating the community. Readers see how easy it was for community members to believe in this way of life when it was something they were born into. Opposite that, readers also see how people tried to fight back to the communist rule. Telling the story from a 10-year-old’s point of view really made this environment accessible.

Sasha, while somewhat of a stock character in that he was helping portray a lot of children living in communism, was still a wonderful character. Yelchin successfully develops Sasha’s character and I loved seeing him grow into his own by the end of the novel. Sasha has to deal with a lot over a very short time period. He stumbles at first, but by the end of the novel he has learned to trust his instincts more. Yelchin does such a great job of creating Sasha and building the storyline together.

Furthermore, Yelchin does a great job providing secondary characters that present various points of view for those living in a communist country. Sasha encounters a lot of different characters whom he viewed in one way at the beginning of the novel. Readers get to see as Sasha’s views of most of these characters change as he changes.

Finally, Yelchin’s illustrations really add to the overall novel. Having the life-life, yet cartoon-styled pencil drawings brings the reader in and allows for more accessibility of the content being presented. My only real problem with novel was that I felt like it ended somewhat abruptly. Others that I spoke to in class about the book felt otherwise, but I think I just wanted more. I wanted to keep reading and I wanted to see how else Sasha planned to navigate life with his new mindset. While I do believe that this novel presents its message in full, I think I liked the novel so much I just wanted more. So, that’s why the ending felt a little abrupt for me. Overall, I definitely would recommend this book to middle grade readers, especially if he/she/they were into historical fiction. I’d also recommend this book to be alongside any history lessons on the time period/topic.

 

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you’ve read this book and your thoughts on Sasha! Did you think Yelchin did a good job of portraying this life/time period? Have a favorite part or quote? Let me know! :) 

As always, Happy Reading!

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The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman Book Review

Good Morning Lovelies!

So things have been super busy for me lately. However it’s no real excuse for being so MIA here. I’m going to do my best to make it up to you all:)

Today’s post is on The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman! It’s a great mix of historical fiction and paranormal/scifi spice:)

If you’re sort on time, then check out my Need to Know section for a quick summary of my review!

Ownership: Purchased myself at B&N
Genre:
YA supernatural, historical fiction
Publisher:
Viking
Published: 2016 
Pages:
472
Price:
$18.99 (hardcover);
Place:
Amazon, B & N, Book DepositoryGoodReads, IndieBound

My Rating:

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman follows Lady Helen in 1812 London. Helen has been preparing for marriage season at eighteen-years-old under her aunt & uncle’s watchful eyes. However, one of her household’s maids disappears and then the mysterious (presumably dangerous) Lord Carlston appears back in society. Helen wants to get to the bottom of her maid’s disappearance, if Lord Carlston’s involved and to figure out the confusing instincts/feelings she’s been having lately. Soon Helen is swept away into a mission that might help her figure out who she really is and oh possibly save all of London as well. Of course, there’s that pesky hindrance of not being able to trust anyone, even though Lord Carlston says he’s an ally. All Helen really knows is that things are definitely going to be changing and she can’t let her family know anything.Goodman does a wonderful job of bringing this interesting story to life. The world-building is excellent and I really felt like she captured the setting and time period well. The story develops somewhat slowly which could be a negative spot for some readers. For me, however, I felt the slow build up really played into the storyline and Helen’s character. Helen is  just figuring out the supernatural underbelly of London and the slow changes to not only herself physically, but also in her knowledge base are developed wonderfully by Goodman in her writing. I really felt like I got a good sense of Helen’s character. Also the slower build-up allowed me to be right with Helen as she discovered her new role in the supernatural world of 1812 London.


What I loved most about this novel is that romance actually seemed to play a back-burner role within this story. Yes, Helen does have a suitor within the novel and of course there some other possible shippings happening (really kind of just in my mind so far lol), but these “romantic” relationships don’t play a major role in the novel. I felt the novel focused more on Helen’s character development and the supernatural-side to things. I loved how Helen was a realistic character. She struggled to not defy her aunt & uncle, while also trying to stay true to her parents. Also, Helen doesn’t easily agree to entering into and assisting with this supernatural world. She thinks through what she really wants–she has a choice. I find this refreshing since many MCs just jump right in like everything is alright and there’s no worries about changing their life drastically. Of course, this could just be my practical personality shouting through.

I also really loved the prominent friendship relationship seen through Helen and her lady’s maid, Darby. Their interactions, loyalty and trust of one another was a refreshing thing to read. Much like Truthwitch’s friendship relationship focus, I felt The Dark Days Club definitely added to that friendship representation within YA novels.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this novel was the successful intermix of historical London with the supernatural. Goodman does a great job of weaving both of these genres together to create this story. Her writing is great and I felt like she has done a good deal of research into the time period because it felt authentic (outside of the supernatural stuff, course haha). Also, this plays well into her world-building abilities. Having certain people “in the know” about the supernatural side made it more believable for me.


Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. I rated it 4.5 stars mainly because of the pacing issue (see below) and the fact that I’m just slightly hesitant to give it a 5 start. I seem to be reserving 5 stars more lately for books that really, really wow me. However, this book was very entertaining and intelligent as well as an interesting take on historical fiction as well as the supernatural genre. I haven’t come across this type of supernatural being/enemy before in my readings, so that’s another unique aspect to this book. The only real down-side is the pacing which I mentioned above. While I didn’t have a problem with the slower build-up type of pacing, someone who might not be as into historical fiction and looking for more quicker action might have issues with this novel. I personally found that the pacing fit with the story, but it might turn others to DNF or just get a little frustrated at some spots. With this said, I’d definitely recommend it to both historical fiction and supernatural/paranormal readers. I enjoyed this book a lot and cannot wait to find out what happens next with Lady Helen!

For some added content, I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite quotes from the book. Check out my video below:)

  • The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman follows Lady Helen in 1812 London.Helen wants to get to the bottom of her maid’s disappearance, if the mysterious Lord Carlston’s involved and to figure out the confusing instincts/feelings she’s been having lately. Soon Helen is swept away into a mission that might help her figure out who she really is and oh possibly save all of London as well.
  • The world-building is excellent and I really felt like she captured the setting and time period well.
  • What I loved most about this novel is that romance actually seemed to play a back-burner role within this story. I felt the novel focused more on Helen’s character development and the supernatural-side to things.
  • I loved how Helen was a realistic character. She struggled to not defy her aunt & uncle, while also trying to stay true to her parents. Also, Helen doesn’t easily agree to entering into and assisting with this supernatural world. She thinks through what she really wants–she has a choice.
  • Another thing I really enjoyed about this novel was the successful intermix of historical London with the supernatural. Goodman does a great job of weaving both of these genres together to create this story.
  • The only real down-side is the pacing. While I didn’t have a problem with the slower build-up type of pacing, someone who might not be as into historical fiction and looking for more quicker action might have issues with this novel.
  • 4.5 STARS! Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. it was very entertaining and intelligent as well as an interesting take on historical fiction as well as supernatural

 

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you’ve read this book and your thoughts on Lady Helen, Lord Carlston, and the supernatural world in 1812 London! Did you enjoy the mix of genres? Have a favorite part or quote? Let me know! :) 

As always, Happy Reading!

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Waiting on Wednesday (9): Love & Gelato

Hello lovelies!

As per Wednesday, read on to see what I can’t wait to get my hands on! This week’s pick sound light and fun!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you can highlight upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating!

What I’m waiting on:

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

25756328Synopsis (via GoodReads): Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept from Lina for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

 

 

 

Release Date: May 3, 2016
Pages:
390
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Price:
$17.99 (hardcover)
Place to buy:
Amazon, B&N, Book DepositoryGoodReads, IndieBound

  • Summer is right around the corner and after this semester I’m thinking a lighter read is in order. While the blurb mentions secrets and discovery, I’m thinking this one will still be a fun, lighthearted read!
  • Sometimes a girl just needs a love story set in Italy with some self-discovery thrown in😉
  • Did I mention I really, really love gelato? How could I not read this? Sign me up for a trip to Tuscany stat…through the pages of course!

What are you waiting on this week? Do you have Love & Gelato added to your TBR? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Reading!

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Waiting on Wednesday (8): The Raven King

Hello lovelies!

As per Wednesday, read on to see what I can’t wait to get my hands on! This week’s pick is a series pick:)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you can highlight upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating!

What I’m waiting on:

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

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Synopsis (via GoodReads): The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

 

 

 

Release Date: April 26, 2016
Pages: 
400
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Price:
$18.99 (hardcover)
Place to buy:
Amazon, B&N, Book DepositoryGoodReads, IndieBound

  • It’s the final book in the Raven Cycle and I’m currently planning on marathoning the first three before this one hits shelves!
  • I have already read the first book before and really enjoyed it so I can’t wait to see how this series plays out and eventually ends!
  • This cover is just too pretty!! Who wouldn’t want to read this book..haha
  • Finally, it will be nice to have completed a series. I haven’t done that in a while….

What are you waiting on this week? Do you have The Raven King added to your TBR? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Reading!

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