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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Cassie Clare Gives Fans a Look at the Paperback Edition of Lady Midnight @CassieClare

Check out the spine for the paperback copy of Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. This edition won't hit bookstore shelves until October 3rd, 2017 (US). Cassie gave fans a look at the spine of the book, which also matches the spines for the TMI and TID series, earlier today on TumblrInstagram. Each series has it's own artwork on it's spine. I love that Lady Midnight features the Wild Hunt. Here's what Cassie said about it:

candylover-674 said: Hi! Since the infernal devices and the mortal instruments have spine art(which I really love) do you know if the dark artifices will too?
Here you go! Paperback cover of Lady Midnight with spine art – the Wild Hunt rides above Emma and the Santa Monica pier. When all three TDA books are lined up together they’re gonna be gorgeous! ***USA paperback coming October 3.

I'm looking forward to seeing how all three paperback editions look all lined up together. I still need to get the TMI paperback series. 

TRAITOR TO THE THRONE by Alywn Hamilton / Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway

Welcome to the next stop in the TRAITOR TO THE THRONE blog tour, hosted by Penguin Teen. I'm so thrilled to share my review for one of this week's newest release, and one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. I thoroughly enjoyed Rebel of the Sands, you can read my review, and couldn't wait for this book to be out. This book is so good! Check out my spoiler free review below, a few of my favorite quotes, and be sure to enter to win!


By: Alwyn Hamilton
Published by: Viking
Released on: March 7th, 2017
Series: Rebel of the Sands #2
Purchase from: The Publisher | Amazon | B&N
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Rating: 5 stars - I LOVED IT
Source: arc from publisher / purchased book 

Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al'Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she's fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan's palace—she's determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan's secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she's a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she's been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

An action packed sequel with plenty of swoon, shocking revelations, plot twists you don't see coming, and a few laughs.
 This is the sequel I've been waiting for, and it was worth the wait. This was my kind of read, and I want more! 

Rebel of Sands had one killer of a ending, and this book picks up not too long after it ended. I loved the way the book starts off. It definitely thrusts readers right back into the thick of the rebellion. While I liked that Rebel of the Sands was faster paced, this book is a little bit slower, but had a much more substance to it. It's a slow burning plot that reveals everything at the right time, while giving you just enough to keep you hooked, yet not enough that it keeps you wanting more. If that makes sense. It was so well written. 

This book had everything I had hoped it would have, and more. Strong characters, rich world building, a lot of surprises, and plenty of action, mixed with the right amount of romance. I loved getting to know all the characters more, as well as meet some new ones. I enjoyed getting a deeper look at the history of Amani's world, as well as into the rebellion, and the cause and effect it has on those who are apart of it. 

I absolutely love Amani. I admire her strength, and her courage. Her sharp tongue when she's mad at Jin (snickers at some of the things she says), her wit, loyalty, stubbornness, and her ability to literally kick some butt when she needs to. She doesn't hold back when it comes to doing what she thinks is right. She doesn't think twice about putting her life on the line when it comes to saving those she cares about. I love how she's able to keep her wits about her in some of the situation she finds herself in. 

Jin is Amani's perfect match. What I wanted between these two I got. I love the way Hamilton wrote these two. Even if they're not physically together for some of the book, they're very much present. If that makes sense. I love the way she wrote that, and how they affect each other, even when not physically together. Talk about sizzle! Hamilton gave me a couple scenes between these two that I LOVED! Yes, it's those scenes that I may have re-read a couple times and my word, they are so, well, awesome.  

This is one awesome sequel. From the characters to the setting, and everything this story included. It was perfectly paced, had the right amount of swoon, mixed with the right amount of action, shocking revelations, and the twists that you didn't see coming. My word, this book is just, WOW. I need the next one like now. 


For today's tour stop, I was asked to share a few of my favorite quotes. Really I could have quoted most of the book. I loved it. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

* "He said he would have torn the desert apart looking for me. And I felt that kiss in desperation as his mouth found mine."

* "... The Sultan had given us an advantage-the only thing that was truly invincible. Not an immortal creature. But an idea. A legend. A story."

* ".... Our history hung between us, a dozen tiny reminders of the first days we'd known each other. When things had been simpler. He'd been the Eastern Snake and I'd been the Blue-Eyed Bandit and it'd been just the two of us, not the two of us and a whole revolution. A whole country."

* "You can trust a sailor with knots," Jin said. "And you can trust me with you."

* Jin's eyes found mine. I was wrong. He didn't have his father's smile. Because that troublemaker curve to his mouth was all ours.

* "Amani. Let go. I've got you, I promise. Trust me."


Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and spent her childhood bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She grew up in a small town there, which might have compelled her to burst randomly into the opening song from Beauty and the Beast were it not for her total tone-deafness. She instead attempted to read and write her way to new places and developed a weakness for fantasy and cross-dressing heroines. She left France for Cambridge University to study History of Art at King’s College, and then to London where she became indentured to an auction house. She has a bad habit of acquiring more hardcovers than is smart for someone who moves house quite so often. Follow her at @AlwynFJH.


Week One:
3/6 – The YA Book Traveler – Mood Board
3/7 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Author Q&A
3/8 – Love is Not a Triangle – Review
3/9 – Mundie Moms – Review + Favorite Quotes
3/10 – Butter My Books – Guest Post
Week Two:
3/13 – Brittany’s Book Rambles – Guest Post
3/14 – The Eater of Books! – Favorite Quotes
3/15 – Two Chicks on Books – Author Q&A
3/16 – Lost in Lit – Review
3/17 – My Friends Are Fiction – Review
Week Three:
3/20 – The Yong Folks – Author Q&A
3/21 – The Book Addict’s Guide – Traitor Candle
3/22 – Seeing Double in Neverland – Review
3/23 – Bookworm Everlasting – Review
3/24 – Fiction Fare – Guest Post


Enter for a chance to win one (1) grand prize set of Alwyn Hamilton’s books, including a paperback copy of Rebel of the Sands and a hardcover of Traitor to the Throne, or to win one (1) of five (5) paperback copies of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (ARV: $10.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on March 6, 2017 and 12:00 AM on March 27, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about March 29, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. 

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