Lose Yourself in The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Hey, book worms! I feel like it’s been a while since we last talked. Let’s fix that, shall we?

I recently reread The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell and, let me tell you, it is such a magical book. I loved the characters and the magic and the time travel. It was just wonderful. My full review is below, but check out the summary of the The Last Magician below.

Title: The Last Magician

Author: Lisa Maxwell

Publisher: Simon Pulse

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary:

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In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

My Review:

This book is, without a doubt, one of my all-time favorite YA books. This was my second time reading this beauty and it was just as good as the first time, if not better. The plot is exquisite and magical and draws you in.

I was constantly surprised by Esta and the characters. When I first read The Last Magician, I didn’t expect to get so invested in the book and in Esta’s mission. But then I was rooting for her. This book makes you feel like you are part of Dolph’s crew, like you are helping Esta get the Book and save the future.

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I also enjoyed the magic aspect of the novel. Esta has the ability to travel through time, which is amazing and an unique gift. But with that gift comes consequences, and she starts to realize what those consequences are.

I loved everything about this book, especially Harte Darrigan. He is a wonderfully intricate character that I could not get enough of; I reread scenes just so I could get more Harte. I can’t wait to see what is in store for him and Esta in the second book.

Lisa Maxwell’s writing is beautiful and stunning. She pulls you into the story and keeps you glued to your seat. I never wanted to put The Last Magician down.

If you haven’t added The Last Magician to your TBR pile, you need to. You will not be disappointed! And don’t forget to check out the sequel, The Devil’s Thief. #devilsthief is going to be absolutely AMAZING!

On a side note, here are three blogger friends that I feel would really enjoy reading The Last Magician, which you can learn more about here:

  1. Emnemilysbooks
  2. LairofBooks
  3. The Radiant Reader

Happy reading!

♥Nikole

 

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First Line Friday! A Map of Days- Ransom Riggs

Welcome back to First Line Friday. This week we are going with a book that we picked up at ALA.

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs is our choice this week. I’m currently reading it and it’s phenomenal so far. I hope you guys add it to your tbr.

Enjoy!!

“Never have I doubted my soundness of mind as often as I did on that first night, when the bird-woman and her wards came to save me from the madhouse.”

Synopsis:

The #1 bestselling series returns with a thrilling new story arc set in America!

Vintage photographs reveal the never-before-seen world of peculiar America with a stunning addition—full-color images.

Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery—a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.

Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited—truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop.

Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom—a world with few ymbrynes, or rules—that none of them understand. New wonders, and dangers, await in this brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children. Their story is again illustrated throughout by haunting vintage photographs, but with a striking addition for this all-new, multi-era American adventure—full color.

*Cover Reveal* Seventh Born by Monica Sanz

Happy Friday! Today, we bring you an awesome cover reveal for one of Entangled Teen’s next books! I LOVE this cover; it’s so mysterious and intricate. I love the birds and the lettering of the circle.

This cover reveal is hosted and organized through YA Bound Book Tours.

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Now feast your eyes on the lovely cover of Seventh Born by Monica Sanz!


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Seventh Born
by Monica Sanz
Genre: YA Paranormal/Mystery & Suspense
Release Date: September 4th 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Summary:

Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she’s the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life.

Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that, she must be referred into the Advanced Studies Program at the Aetherium’s Witchling Academy. Her birth order, quick temper, and tendency to set things on fire, however, have left her an outcast with failing marks…and just what Professor Nikolai Barrington is looking for.

The tall, brooding, yet exceedingly handsome young professor makes her a proposition: become his assistant and he’ll give her the referral she needs. Sera is quickly thrust into a world where witches are being kidnapped, bodies are raised from the dead, and someone is burning seventhborns alive. As Sera and Barrington grow ever closer, she’ll discover that some secrets are best left buried…and fire isn’t the only thing that makes a witch burn.

Pre-Order links can be found HERE!


About the Author

monica_sanzMonica Sanz has been writing from the moment she could string together a sentence. Her stories have come a long way from mysterious portals opening in the school cafeteria, transporting classmates to distant worlds. A classic by the name Wuthering Heights is responsible for that. She’s been lost to dark romances and brooding fictional men ever sense. Now she writes about grumpy professors, cursed ringmaster, tortured soul collectors, and the girls they fall in love with. Monica’s books have received many accolades on the social writing website Wattpad. She’s accumulated over six million reads, eighty thousand votes, and fifteen thousand comments since posting her books on the website. She is also a member of the Wattpad4, a group of writers who host weekly Twitter chats on the subjects of writing and publishing.

Author Links:

Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook


What do you think of the cover reveal of the Seventh Born?

♥Nikole

~Blog Tour + Interview~ Chloe Shipton & The Quill of Lefay – Lynn Veevers

Happy Wednesday, bookworms! And Happy Fourth of July; it’s a wonderful day to celebrate our country’s freedom and to post about a wonderful book! I am excited to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for CHLOE SHIPTON & THE QUILL OF LEFAY by Lynn Veevers! Thank you Rockstar Book Tours and Lynn Veevers for the blog tour spot! 

I was very happy to conduct an interview with the author, Lynn Veevers, for this blog tour stop. But that’s not all: there’s an awesome giveaway at the end of this post, so don’t forget to enter!

Haven’t heard of CHLOE SHIPTON & THE QUILL OF LEFAY by Lynn Veevers? Check out the summary below and my interview with Lynn!


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Title: CHLOE SHIPTON & THE QUILL OF LEFAY

Author: Lynn Veevers

Pub. Date: June 12, 2018

Publisher: Lynn Veevers

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 263

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

When fifteen-year-old Chloe mysteriously disappears, the rumors at Grammaire Hall point to murder, but spiritual entrapment isn’t the same as dead. In a library that’s believed to be nothing more than a myth, Chloe’s spirit is separated from her body after witnessing another student’s murder. Try as she may she can’t remember what happened to her before she woke up as a spirit in the campus graveyard. As Chloe uncovers clues leading to the mythical library’s location and her body, a secret the Magical Parliament doesn’t want to get out, starts to unravel. Rogue sorcerers have infiltrated the school, intent on reinstating the Third Edict, and sorcery students are dying because of it. Destroyed long ago for horrific crimes against humanity, the return of the Third Edict would spell disaster for both magical and magicless societies. To prevent her own demise and the fulfillment of the Third Edict’s return, Chloe must find a way to reunite body and soul without giving the rogue sorcerers the weapon they need to succeed, a weapon only Chloe can activate.


~An Interview with Lynn Veevers~

Thank you so much, Lynn, for the interview, and welcome to A Court of Coffee and Books! CHLOE SHIPTON & THE QUILL OF LEFAY sounds like an amazing book!

Describe CHLOE SHIPTON & THE QUILL OF LEFAY in five words.

Magic, Murder, Mayhem, Mystery, Fiction

How did the idea for CHLOE SHIPTON & THE QUILL OF LEFAY surface?

My twelve year old daughter is a voracious reader. After reading the Harry Potter Series, which she loved, she came to me with a request. She told me she loved the series, but was sad it was over, and so she wanted me to write something in the same vein, but with a female protagonist that starts out older and is female. She also wanted the main character to look and act like her.

Does Chloe exhibit any character traits you relate to?

She is bookish and pretty laid back. She is also a loner and very quiet.

Who was your favorite character to write and why?

Zanthus, he is a different breed of Character that has a very specific…We’ll call it charm and appeal.

If you had to go on a magical adventure with any character from your book, who would it be and why?

Sophie, I love her personality!

What can readers look forward to before reading your book?

A complex and original story with a never seen before and just as complex magic system. Also an original fantasy creature and sport!

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Get your story out don’t worry about the grammar, or the consistency. Just get the story out because you can always go back and fix accordingly.

Were there any areas in your novel you struggled to write? If so, how did you overcome those?

I have issues with killing Characters, good or bad and I overcome it with…well time I inchworm through those scenes.

What is your writing process like?

What process lol? I write as it comes to me, essentially the Character guide me through their story!

If your book could be turned into anything (Broadway play, movie, TV show, a dance number, etc.) what would you choose?

TV Series


Lynn

About Lynn:

Lynn Veevers is originally from Washington State. With her mother being from Christchurch, New Zealand and her father being a well-traveled retired Navy Chief, Lynn has always had a fascination with different cultures around the world. An avid reader, she prefers books that take her to a place she’s never been and teach her something new at the same time. The Young Adult Genre is her absolute favorite to read, so it comes as no surprise that it is also her favorite to write. Lynn, on average, pens two to three novels a year with the sequel to Pinnacle in the publishing process now!

Today Lynn lives with her husband and kids in Southeast Oklahoma. Her young adult and adolescent children are supportive and avid beta readers of her work and give her a straightforward and honest point of view about how authentic her characters voices and personalities are for their age group. What better reference than someone close to the same age as the main character. Her kids always have and always will be her greatest inspiration.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/11/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Excerpt

6/12/2018- Mythical Books Interview

6/13/2018- K.L. Knovitzke – Author– Excerpt

6/14/2018- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

6/15/2018- Hauntedbybooks– Guest Post

Week Two:

6/18/2018- The Desert Bibliophile– Review

6/19/2018- What the Cat Read– Review

6/20/2018- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Guest Post

6/21/2018- Writer of Wrongs– Review

6/22/2018- Novel Novice– Excerpt

Week Three:

6/25/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Excerpt

6/26/2018- Parajunkee– Excerpt

6/27/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

6/28/2018- Jaime’s World– Spotlight

Week Four:

7/2/2018- Lisa Loves Literature Interview

7/3/2018- RhythmicBooktrovert– Spotlight

7/4/2018- A Court of Coffee and Books– Interview

7/5/2018- A Readers Life– Review

7/6/2018- FUONLYKNEW– Excerpt


Giveaway Details:

One lucky winner will receive a $25Amazon gift card, International.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2746/?


Chloe

♥Nikole

Good reads Monday

It’s Monday so know what that means? It’s good reads Monday which say a book that’s been in your tbr pile for so long but haven’t read it that deserves some attention.

This week it’s a side series. The main story is called the chronicals of Vladimir Todd. But this title is called

Which is the 3rd book in the series and forget if last one or not. But Iv enjoyed vlad so much and enjoyed first 2 in this series unsure why never went back. But Vladimir was under the radar middle grade that needs still be read.

*ARC Review* Kiss of the Royal – Lindsey Duga

32173635Title: Kiss of the Royal

Author: Lindsey Duga

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Release Date: July 3, 2018

Page Count: 400

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

My Rate: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary

In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.

Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that.

With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan—but try convincing their hearts of that.


Curses, witches, a dragon, and a magical Kiss. A beautiful princess. A handsome prince. You may think you’ve heard this story before, but trust me, you haven’t. Kiss of the Royal offers a unique take on the young adult fairy tale and fantasy genres. I mean, magic Kisses that protect the land and enhance the power of the princes? That’s definitely not a fantasy I’ve read before.

1The premise of Kiss of the Royal had me intrigued and when I read the first line of the book, I was immediately hooked. The concept of transferring magic on the battlefield through a Kiss had me enamored and wanting to know more about this mysterious fantasy world and the brave and fiery Princess.

Princess Ivy has the strongest Kiss of all the princesses. But when she can’t break the curse on her prince, she fears the Forces of Darkness are getting more powerful. And the only way to stop it is to become partners with the prince of myth himself, Prince Zach. However, Zach refuses to be her partner at first, before something (or someone) changes his mind. The two must destroy the Sable dragon in order to ensure peace in the world, all the while fighting their growing feelings for one another.

The chemistry between Princess Ivy and Prince Zach seems to fly right off the pages. The intensity of their chemistry is wonderful and electrifying. Both are polar-opposites when it comes to political views; Princess Ivy thinks all she feels for Prince Zach is Lust, not Love, but Prince Zach would say otherwise. All Princess Ivy wants to do is defeat the dragon using her magical Kiss. She wants nothing to do with these feelings she shouldn’t be having for Princes Zach.

But Zach wants nothing to do with Princess Ivy’s Kiss. He refuses her time after time after time. This part was puzzling because I wanted to know why Prince Zach kept refusing Princess Ivy’s Kiss, since the Kiss was needed to save the world.

The pace of Kiss of the Royal was well-written and kept me interested from the first line to the last. I thoroughly enjoyed the fierce action scenes, and the many characters they both met on their journey. Kiss of the Royal is one book I will be adding to my shelf as a favorite of 2018.

Lindsey Duga brings a captivating and delightful new story to the young adult fantasy genre. This dazzling and lovable book lets readers know what it means to fight for your people and for what you believe in.

Kiss of the Royal comes out tomorrow, July 3, so pick up your copy at your nearest bookstore!

♥ Nikole

Mid-Year Top Ten

July is upon us and the first half of the year flew by. I’m going to give you my top ten reads from January-June in no kind of order.

Enjoy!!

1. The Strange Fascinations Of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold

2. The Wicked King by Holly Black

3. Legendary by Stephanie Garber

4. Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson

5. Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

6. The Falling Between Us by Ash Parsons

7. Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

8. Noir by Christopher Moore

9. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

10. Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Which books are in your top ten?

Happy Reading!!