Saturday Spotlight: Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

cofTitle: Crown of Feathers

Author: Nicki Pau Preto

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: February 12, 2019

Page Count: 288 pages

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Summary:

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

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 About the Author

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Nicki Pau Preto is a YA fantasy author living just outside Toronto, Canada. After getting a degree in visual arts, a masters in art history, and a diploma in graphic design, Nicki discovered two things: she loves to escape the real world, and she isn’t interested in a regular 9-5 life. Luckily, her chosen career covers both.

Her YA fantasy debut CROWN OF FEATHERS is coming February 12th, 2019 from Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster. (Bio from author site)

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*Blog Tour + Giveaway* Lady Smoke – Laura Sebastian

lady smoke designer credit billelis @billelisTitle: LADY SMOKE (Ash Princess Trilogy #2)

Author: Laura Sebastian

Pub. Date: February 5, 2019

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 512

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The sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that was “made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir” ( Bustle ), Lady Smoke is an epic new fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people. 

The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo’s country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess–a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn’t realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.

Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage–Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.

To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.

Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.

A darkly enchanting page-turner you won’t be able to put down.” –Bustle on Ash Princess, Book 1 in the Ash Princess series


About Book 1:

ashTitle: ASH PRINCESS (Ash Princess Trilogy #1)

Author: Laura Sebastian

Pub. Date: April 24, 2018

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 432

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Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia’s family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess–a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.


About Laura:

author-photo-300x200Laura Sebastian was born and raised in South Florida (the Redlands and Key Largo) and has always loved telling stories–many apologies to her little brother who often got in trouble because of them. No copies of her first book, a Cinderella retelling about angels circa 2nd grade, remain. Thankfully.

After getting her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, she moved to New York City thinking that she would stay for a couple of years before going somewhere better suited for a small-town, sun-loving girl. Five years later, she’s still here and madly in love with it.

When Laura isn’t writing, she’s probably reading, baking cookies or cupcakes, buying more clothes than her overstuffed closet can fit, or forcing her lazy dog Neville to take a walk.

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My Review

Lady Smoke, an exquisite and breathtaking read, is a perfect bridge between Ash Princess and Ember Queen, the final book in the trilogy. Lady Smoke continues where Ash Princess ends, and brings the readers on a journey full of history and the continuous game of cat and mouse.

In Lady Smoke, Theo meets many potential suitors who, in exchange for her hand in marriage, will give her a big enough army to take down the Kaiser and reclaim Astrea. What I liked about all these suitors is that we are given the chance to learn more about the other countries and why none assisted Astrea in that time of need ten years ago. And, of course, Theo’s heart still battles with her feelings for Blaise and Soren; one she knows she loves and one she denies her feelings.

Theo is still playing a dangerous game in Lady Smoke, using her wits to outsmart those who underestimate her and treat her as a China doll. The only main difference is that she’s playing multiple games with her aunt, the Kaiser, and King Etristo. She will have to prove to them all that she is strong enough to be Queen. But she also understands that she has more to lose than she did when she was in the possession of the Kaiser, so she must be choose her battles. As the reader, I was rooting for Theo to come out victorious in her battles; I want to see her take her country back.

In Lady Smoke, Theo discovers more about herself and what she’s capable of, and that power, that realization, is going to set up the third book to begin with a bang (especially with THAT ending). She battles with her actions as Queen; she starts to realize that some of her actions are similar to the Kaiser and that slowly scares her. Not only does she have to figure out how to get Astrea back, she also has to determine how to get the Kaiser’s voice out of her head. But her actions as Queen are not the only thing keeping her up at night. How she left things back in Astrea with the Kaiser haunt her and bring a surprising realization to what she is actually capable of and who she is potentially meant to be.

Overall, Lady Smoke provides a wonderful sequel to Ash Princess, one that will not disappoint. Lady Smoke leads up to what will be a heart pounding end to an amazing trilogy. Queen Theodosia is an ember burning among flames, and she won’t stop until the Kaiser pays for what he did; she won’t stop until she has reclaimed Astrea. The Ash Princess is no more; make room for the Queen of Astrea, the Queen of Flame and Fury.

Lady Smoke releases February 5, 2019.


Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of LADY SMOKE, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/1/2019- To Be Read– Review

1/2/2019- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

1/3/2019- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

1/4/2019- Random Bookish Banter– Review

Week Two:

1/7/2019- Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews– Review

1/8/2019- Jrsbookreviews– Review

1/9/2019- Omg Books and More Books– Review

1/10/2019- Fiction Fare– Review

1/11/2019- Du Livre– Review

Week Three:

1/14/2019- Loie Dunn– Review

1/15/2019- A Court of Coffee and Books– Review

1/16/2019- Paws and Paperbacks– Review

1/17/2019- A Gingerly Review– Review

1/18/2019- Lifestyle of Me– Review

Week Four:

1/21/2019- Paper Reader– Review

1/22/2019- Adventures and Reading– Review

1/23/2019- Popthebutterfly Reads– Review

1/24/2019- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

1/25/2019- YA Books Central– Interview

Week Five:

1/28/2019- Confessions of a YA Reader– Review

1/29/2019- Colorimetry– Interview

1/30/2019- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

1/31/2019- Kat’s Books– Review

Hosted by Rockstar Book Tours; thank you so much for including us on this blog tour!

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Good reads Monday

It’s that day again which is good reads Monday where you go digging into your old tbr pile and pick a book plannto read or think deserves attention and this week is very dear to me. It’s one of my one’s from when I kid and wasn’t able go to book store much and my reading style was very limited so did so many re reads. And this week it’s zach’s lie.

It’s a book where kid is living a normal life then one day it’s changed he is woken in middle of the night and whisked away to new town new look and new name that’s right he is witness protection with his sister and mother. And there in since his dad decided to snitch on a drug cartels leader and its whole plans. And to get out of jail time. That’s what I’ll leave you as but book is amazing and I loved it

Top ten Tuesday

It’s time for a top 10 Tuesday and is ran currently by that artsy reader girl.

What this week is for first Tuesday of the year is books you can keep reading over and over again.

1. Love songs and other lies by Jessica Pennington

This story is sooo cute. The romance to the band life. And seeing how the whole story can play out. Well worth the quick read. And Jessica has became with kasie west my fav contemporary author. And her second book was good that’s out in April. So pre order when summer ends!

2. Vampire academy/ bloodlines by Richelle mead

This is a full series but for me loved all the books. But has nice balance of regular life living with the dark aspect of a vampire world and magical setting and if want a kick butt characters from the women to the guys this is well worth it.

3. Cinder/ the lunar chronicals

Crazy I know another fantasy in my favs. This series is also Awsome and spot on. Has the nice dystopian aspect with evil hanging down, funny characters that can just love. While also the scare with a deadly plague. Right amount of romance and each book is great since it’s retelling while 100% completely its own story!!

4.the selection

This book series is sooo cute. It’s one I will do once a year and not often you find a contemporary series. But in this book you can proubly find your next fictional boyfriend I won’t say who but so worth it!! With mild dystopian and older times in a book even though set in the way future. So highly suggest adding this and if you love the bachelor/ bachelorette it’s for you.

5. Geekerella by Ashley poston

This last one is contemporary and it does a magic on my fav tellings with Cinderella and sooo worth the read. It’s funny and no hope in site still get that light in the distance. And just want to route for the mc so much. Plus this book is very geeky and super pop cultured which is sick!!

So what are some of your go to reads??

*Arc review* Princess and the fan girl by Ashley poston

Oh, my stars! This book is one of my drop everything and read and I did just that. Skipping on 2 other books that I’ve started.

This book was so nice to be part in it since geekerella is one of my top 3 contemporaries. But the story starts out with Jessica, the other lead cast of the movie and is not happy that she doesn’t want the role at all. An interviewer was bickering her for questions and jess answers one with true answer that’s not supposed to so after runs to the bathroom and crashes into Imogen Lovelace extreme fangirl and the lead for wanting jess in the movie. Well after the bathroom a mishap happens and Imogen is now in a panel as jess. So after that they decide to switch places for the con.

My feelings on the story.

Like said I loved being back in this world. To all the nerdy things to just the excitement. The start of the story starts off a tad bland since jess is just always a grump and wants nothing to do with the movie or fandom and Imogen is trying hard to be like jess would act while adding her own flare. And this goes thru 50% of the book which each character being snooty and not much chatter with other characters happens. But by 50% the book finally has its flare that I loved in geekerella. The fandom, the things you experience in a book just like you were in world its self and top it all if set your mind to it you can do it. With of course help and your never alone.

For this book character arcs:

Like the story, at first, I thought was a tad flawed. Since how can anyone start to like or even be friends since Imogen and jess and side characters minus one all grumpy. So as goes on not sure how they sorta let go of grumpiness to be friends. But the action of trying to make the book being solved I enjoyed. Soo with all of that I gotta give a book a 4 star rating. Bad start to good latter half book you expect in a book of geekerella. So this won’t be a fav but geekerella will be and glad the second book in this world. 4/5

The cruel prince (DNF)

I’m not usually on a roll to DNF books but the cruel prince I got to 56% and just majority of the book nothing happens. Not much romance or anything. Not a clue why this book is sooo loved but that’s why we have different thoughts. Proubly if keep going more it will make more sense by Twist or odd thing like that and maybe I’ll read it slowly down the line. And for a change this book wasn’t because to much fantasy. Sorry to all who like it.