Claire legrand and phoebie North signing

Sooo on Tuesday I was able to go to Claire legrand’s signing, she is a local author to my state so Iv seen her a lot. Just this signing for myself was 2 states over and a 3 hour car drive. Reason didn’t when close I had work. What made this trip worth it though was I was able meet some book friends I usually don’t in the state of Connecticut, town was Madison. The signing at the store was at rj julies book seller and gotta say this store is sooo cute with small resteraunt style cafe and check out this room just for YA books

So after reading awhile in this room my book friends Melissa and Julie came and ate at the cafe downstairs and met phoebe there as well. By time finished we were all ready for the signing. Which thing we had were a queen see which queen you were a poster of the world & some snacks. Then came signing which is always fun to learn the world. Ect. So that able take some photo’s with props after the signing sooo yea was fun. Oh did I say I did get murdered can see below.

~~~~JUSTIN

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*cover reveal* 29 dates by Melissa de la Cruz!!!

Oh my I love contemporary and just by its title and it’s blurb with how many dates will it take to be the one. This instantly has shot to near top of my contemporary want to read list. And with further a do here is the cover

This cover is soo basic but what do you think? And would the blurb make it interesting to you?

Did Someone Say MORE Fantasy for WWW?

That’s right. Its Wednesday, and I’m reading more and more fantasy. Though, I feel as if that should no longer be a surprise to you all, since most of my reviews encompass fantasy books.

But if you notice below, there’s one book in there that’s out of sorts. It’s not fantasy, but rather part of one of my other favorite genres: Science Fiction! Can you guess which book it is?

WWWEvery Wednesday, we participate in a blog post known as ‘WWW Wednesdays.’ This was originally hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm before moving to Taking on a World of Words. 

You may be wondering what the three Ws stand for. The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What am I currently reading?

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

This book is everything I thought it would be and more. Zera is a fierce yet snarky girl with amazing comebacks who only wants her heart back and to do so, she must take the heart of the Prince. Sounds easy right? Not so much. I have about 100 pages left and it keeps getting better and better; though, I will admit, I’ll be sad when the book ends because that means I’ll have to wait for book two.

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Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

Bruja Born is the sequel to Labyrinth Lost and is written in Lula’s point of view. Labyrinth Lost was one of my favorite books last year, so I am beyond excited to read more about Lula and her family. It takes off to quite the start, a very intriguing beginning. I can’t wait to see what’s in story for Lula further into the book!

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What did I recently finish reading?

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Furyborn by Claire Legrand

This book has easily become one of the best fantasy YA books I have ever read. It’s got everything: action, intrigue, romance, magic, etc. If you do not have this book on your TBR radar, then you need to! If you’re looking for more thoughts on this book, check out mine and Stacy’s reviews below!

My review

Stacy’s review

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What do I plan on reading next?

Awakened by James S. Murray with Darren Wearmouth

Is there anyone that’s a fan of the TV show Impractical Jokers? That is one of my absolute favorite TV shows to binge watch, so I was ecstatic when I heard that James Murray was writing a novel. And I was even more ecstatic when I got to meet him at C2E2 AND get an early copy of Awakened. And yep, if you guessed this was the science-fiction book I was talking about, then you are correct! There’s also a mix of horror, so definitely check this out if you love reading either of those genres!

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A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman

Okay, so this book also has some science-fiction but from what I’ve heard, it’s mainly fantasy. Either way, I am excited to dive into this collection of short stories on the mythology from East and South Asia. Fifteen authors came together to write this short story collection. I haven’t read a short story in a very long time, so I look forward to reading all the ones in this one book!

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What books are you currently reading and/or looking forward to read?

♥Nikole

Good reads Monday

This time around I had to go near my front of my good reads tbr and this may sound bad but my book is

And just never got to it. But I should have had since in acknowledgments I’m in there since the author needed help with people who worked at haunted houses and I worked at one but shockingly we didn’t meet in a book group we met in a neopets group. Yes I said that right neopets. Which is still around but barely thriving. And best part about these series since it’s mystery each book can be read as it’s story.

So hope you check it out. I know I will be soon.

*ARC Review* Two Queens Will Rise in Furyborn by Claire Legrand

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Book title: Furyborn

Author: Claire Legrand

Publishing Company: Sourcebooks Fire

Release Date: May 22, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: 

34323570Follow two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.


Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the wonderful advance copy!


My Review

THIS. BOOK. WAS. OUTSTANDING.

I could just leave it there, but where’s the fun in that? No joke, though. Furyborn was an amazing and exhilarating read, and it was so difficult to put this book down when I had to work or clean or do something else. I’d literally be cleaning, and either be staring at the book sitting on the kitchen table or thinking about the characters. That’s how addicting I found this book. Like Lisa Maxwell’s blurb says below, this book was utterly breathtaking and has left me impatiently waiting for the sequel.

Furyborn follows the path of two girls, both centuries apart, but somehow connected. There’s Rielle, who can manipulate all seven types of powers. And there’s Eliana, a girl set on finding her kidnapped mother and protecting her younger brother while getting caught in the middle of a centuries-old war (and did I mention she’s hiding something that could make her a valuable asset in the war?). Both these characters are fierce, strong, and undoubtedly charming. I loved reading both their stories and seeing each character progress as a person. Legrand did an incredible job bringing these two characters to life. I highly enjoyed reading Eliana’s story just slightly more than Rielle’s, mainly because I could relate to Eliana’s fierceness, her snarky and sarcastic replies, and her overall protection toward her family.

85a9f3e4-2909-4687-9291-249794670565The world building was phenomenal. Claire did a wonderful job describing both parts of the world (one for Rielle and one for Eliana). There was not a single moment where I got lost in the world building or got bored; actually, there was never a dull moment in this book, in my opinion. There were tons of satisfying action scenes to keep the pace going and to keep the readers engaged. Though, I will admit, there were times where I secretly wanted to skip a character’s chapter just so I could continue the other character’s story. But I didn’t (now that I think about it, though, I might go back and re-read Furyborn, just to see what it’s like when you read each character’s story separately).

Overall, I was very impressed with Furyborn. I had high hopes and expectations for this book and I am happy to say that Furyborn did not let me down. The book exceeded my expectations in every possible way. I know the sequel does not come out until next year, but that does not mean I will stop wishing I had it in my hands at this very moment. Furyborn was one of my favorite fantasy reads of all time!

If you don’t have Furyborn on pre-order, then you need to march down to your nearest bookstore tomorrow morning and pick this up. You will not be disappointed! My co-blogger, Stacy, loved this book and she’s not a huge fantasy reader. To me, that says something.

Furyborn will be available tomorrow in bookstores across the globe, so remember to get your copy! If you are a hardcore fantasy reader like me or someone looking to pick up a fantastic book, then you need Furyborn in your life!


Have you read Furyborn yet? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

♥Nikole

When Reality Meets Fantasy in Secret Keeper by Jane Alvey Harris ~Book Review~

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Title: Secret Keeper

Author: Jane Alvey Harris

Publishing House: Createspace

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary

Pages: 320

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Film 14 and Jane Alvey Harris for providing a copy of Secret Keeper! 


Secret Keeper Synopsis

secret-keeper-book-coverWhat if the worst thing isn’t that they don’t believe you?

What if the worst thing is that they just don’t care?

Seventeen year-old Emily has accepted the truth of her past trauma and made peace with her battered egos. She’s won the first battle…barely…but the war in her psyche still rages. The same day Mom is released from rehab and Emily finishes detox, Dad announces he’s ready to be a family again, throwing Emily into panic. Determined to protect her younger brothers and sister from Dad, she gathers the strength to do the hardest thing she’s ever done: speak her Secret.

But it isn’t enough. Nobody will intervene. Emily is more alone and helpless than ever. Her therapist suggests that the key to resolving her crises lies within the mysterious First Realm, where Emily has access to her Fae abilities and where she can find her Champion…the one person with enough power to end the destructive cycle of abuse and help Emily transform from victim to survivor.

Desperate for guidance, Emily returns to the First Realm only to discover the Seven Kingdoms in total chaos. She has just a few days to find her Champion before Dad comes for her. Can she complete her task and return to the Second Realm in time to save her family, or will her dreaded premonition turn out to be true: that she is her own worst enemy?

Check out the amazing book trailer below!


My Review of Secret Keeper

It’s always a great moment when you find a sequel to a book that is even better than the first. Secret Keeper is one of those books. Riven had me feeling all sorts of emotions, and Secret Keeper did the same thing, but this book seemed to make me feel those emotions twice as much. Secret Keeper did not disappoint!

The audience follows Emily as she continues to battle within her psyche, which is where the magic and fantasy aspect come into play. There is more of a darker presence in Secret Keeper than there was in Riven, but it portrays different concepts, mainly how one may react when some secrets come out and consent. The fantasy in this story is both engrossing and unique, and the author has such a way of getting you hooked to the story and the fantasy world. The epic battle scenes, the AMAZING maidens that know how to kick some hardcore butt, and the gripping social issues are all part of this beautiful story.

Jane Alvey Harris knows how to keep an audience captivated. She adds layer upon layer upon layer to this already intense plot, leaving the reader wanting more. Even though questions from the first book are finally answered, new questions arise and keep the reader enticed. Emily’s journey portrays a light for those who are struggling, for others to see how some teens may cope with harbored secrets and acceptance. She is such a complex character that it’s easy to get sucked into her story. This story addresses those unbearable social issues in a such a unique way; I usually don’t like to read books that deal with different types of social issues, but this book approaches those issues in such a light way that is powerful yet emotional.

I cannot wait to see what is in store for Emily in the next book. That ending was something I was not expecting, and I will be waiting impatiently for the next book. I already know it’s going to be fantastic!

If you haven’t checked out Jane Alvey Harris’s work, I highly recommend that you do. Her My Myth Trilogy is a gripping contemporary with a wonderful fantasy aspect that will not only keep you guessing, but also make you feel as if you are on Emily’s journey.


Secret Keeper is now available to buy on Amazon  and at Barnes and Noble  To find out more about the My Myth Trilogy, visit Jane’s website here.

To view more videos by Film 14, click here. And to find out more about how fantasy can be used as an escape, check out A Close(r) Read: Fantasy as Escape.