Book Review: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

unwind-9781416912040_hrConnor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

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Blog Tour: The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell + Giveaway!

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In this spellbinding sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Last Magician, Esta and Harte set off on a cross-country chase through time to steal back the elemental stones they need to save the future of magic.

Hunt the Stones.
Beware the Thief.
Avenge the Past.

Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined.

Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it.

To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them.

In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.

As past and future collide, time is running out to rewrite history—even for a time-traveling thief.

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PH Blog Tour: Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

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Greetings! I’m happy to announce that I will be hosting the PH Blog Tour of Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean with Carmel of Bookable Reads! Thank you to Emiko Jean, Emma and to HMH Books for Young Readers for giving us the opportunity to host this title!


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Title: Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

Publication: November 6th 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780544530942

In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems.

Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy.

Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yōkai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yōkai outcast.

Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro, and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku in this beautifully written, edge-of-your-seat YA fantasy.


ABOUT THE BLOG TOUR

The tour will run from November 12th to November 17th 2018 with two (2) or three (3) bloggers to post a BOOK REVIEW. The chosen participants must submit their email for the pre-approved eARC of the Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean via Netgalley. This blog tour sign-up is open only for Philippine Book Bloggers but Asian Book Bloggers can still join if they wish. Tour sign up will end on 30th of September 2018. A creative post is highly encouraged. More details via email.

Sixteen (16) – Twenty (20) participants are needed for this tour.

Thank you.


FOR INTERESTED BOOK BLOGGERS, SIGN-UP HERE.


Add Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean on GOODREADS!


BUY-LINKS

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Google Play | Book Depository


BLOG TOUR PARTICIPANTS

November 12 

Rafael of The Royal Polar Bear Reads

Carmel of Bookablereads

Jonathan of Wander with Jon

Erika of The Nocturnal Fey

Nikki of Take Me Away

 

November 13

Vivian of Vanilla Angel Pages

Jen of Jen D Bibliophile

Jenny of Levicorpvs Blog

Hanamae of The Wraith Reads

Cristina of Girl in the Pages

 

November 14

Shaine of Wanderer in Neverland

Akisha of akithroughbooks

Ela of The Ultimate Fangirl

Princess of  Princess and Pages

 

November 15

Leilanee of ofsparksandmagick

Salwa of Salwa’s Reading Solace

Dexter of Dexterous_Totalus

Avery of B for Bookslut

Kat from Novels and Waffles

 

November 16
November 17

Myrth of Cliste Bella

Justine of Bookish Wisps

Athena of The Night Faerie

Ramnele of Bookdragonism


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


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When Emiko is not writing, she is reading. Most of her friends are imaginary. Before she became a writer she was an entomologist (fancy name for bug catcher), a candle maker, a florist, and most recently a teacher. She lives in Washington with her husband and children (unruly twins). She loves the rain.

QUICK FACTS

Name: Emiko, Emi, Emmers Bemmers Boo Boo (only my mother calls me this)

Occupation: Writer and reader, most days reader before writer

Location: Vancouver, WA

Family: Yes. One husband. Two children – b/g twins!

Previous Occupations: Bug tamer, teacher, florist, candlestick maker and vagabond. My friends and I once (poorly) fixed up an old van. We drove it across the country. The bumper fell off and we lost the brakes in the Redwoods.

Qualifications: None. But I strongly believe in “fake it till you make it” and asking for forgiveness rather than permission.

Favorite foods: ALL OF THEM. Though I do have a special place in my heart for girl scout cookies, frosted animal cookies and anything with pasta.

Favorite time of year: Fall. I also love Christmastime (even though I’m Jewish).

Favorite music: Depends on mood and activity. For writing: Mumford and Sons, The Strumbellas, The Head and the Heart, Queen, Bowie, Pink Floyd … For general work (building this website, creating graphic etc.): Anything hip-hop, specifically Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Dyme Def, Atmosphere, Matisyahu …

Favorite authors: Too many to count.

Last concert: Jay-Z and Kanye West – Watch the Throne

Favorite television shows: Antiques Roadshow, Call the Midwife, anything BBC, anything real housewives (no judgement please)

Least favorite things: The word “moist” – I dare you to find it in one of my novels.

Unusual talents/facts: I am fantastic at finding four leaf clovers. I can also make three loops with my tongue. I’ve also won my fair share of Texas Hold’em tournaments.

Book Review: White Sand vol. 2 by Brandon Sanderson

91icDmBtVcLFollowing the loss of most of his colleagues in a violent ambush, Kenton has become Lord Mastrell of the few remaining Sand Masters, magicians who can manipulate sand to do their bidding. With the ruling council poised against him, the hot-headed Kenton must become a diplomat to have any hope of preventing the eradication of his people forever. However, there’s another complication: assassins are coming for him from all directions, and Kenton’s only true ally is Khriss, a visitor from the other side of the planet who has an agenda of her own to pursue.

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Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs #MissPBackListBinge

91ihKfXcqiL.jpgA mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

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Book Review: White Sand vol. 1 by Brandon Sanderson

White-Sand-Vol.-1-TPB-2016A brand new saga of magic and adventure by #1 New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson.=On the planet of Taldain, the legendary Sand Masters harness arcane powers to manipulate sand in spectacular ways. But when they are slaughtered in a sinister conspiracy, the weakest of their number, Kenton, believes himself to be the only survivor. With enemies closing in on all sides, Kenton forges an unlikely partnership with Khriss — a mysterious Darksider who hides secrets of her own.
White Sand brings to life a crucial, unpublished part of Brandon Sanderson s sprawling Cosmere universe. The story has been adapted by Rik Hoskin (Mercy Thompson), with art by Julius Gopez and colors by Ross Campbell. Employing powerful imagery and Sanderson s celebrated approach to magical systems, White Sand is a spectacular new saga for lovers of fantasy and adventure.”

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PH Blog Tour: Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

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Greetings, everyone! Today, together with Erika from The Nocturnal Fey, we are opening the sign-up form for the PH Blog Tour: Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao which I highly recommend for everyone to read. Huge gratitude to Penguin Random House International for granting us permission to host the blog tour of Kingdom here in the Philippines!


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Title: Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

Publication Date: November 6th 2018 by Philomel Books

ISBN: 9781524738334

This fairy tale retelling lives in a mystical world inspired by the Far East, where the Dragon Lord and the Serpent God battle for control of the earthly realm; it is here that the flawed heroine of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns finally meets her match. An epic fantasy finale to the Rise of the Empress novels.

Princess Jade has grown up in exile, hidden away in a monastery while her stepmother, the ruthless Xifeng, rules as empress of Feng Lu. But the empire is in distress and its people are sinking into poverty and despair. Even though Jade doesn’t want the crown, she knows she is the only one who can dethrone the empress and set the world right. Ready to reclaim her place as rightful heir, Jade embarks on a quest to raise the Dragon Lords and defeat Xifeng and the Serpent God once and for all. But will the same darkness that took Xifeng take Jade, too? Or will she find the strength within to save herself, her friends, and her empire?

Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with breathtaking pain and beauty, Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix is filled with dazzling magic, powerful prose, and characters readers won’t soon forget.

Fans of Stealing Snow, Red Queen, and The Wrath and the Dawn will hungrily devour this page-turning read.


ABOUT THE BLOG TOUR

The tour will run from November 5th to November 10th 2018 with two (2) bloggers to post a BOOK REVIEW and one (1) blogger to post a creative promotional blog post each day and will be given five (5) days to read the book and then one (1) day to pass it to the next blogger. There will be multiple copies of the book that will be passed on this tour. The book blogger must be willing to shoulder the shipping expenses to the next blogger. This blog tour sign-up is open only for Philippine Book Bloggers. Tour sign up will end on 23rd of September 2018. A creative post is highly encouraged.

Remember that Book Bloggers who have read Forest of a Thousand Lanterns or posted a book review of FoTL has an advantage when signing up. Don’t be discouraged if you haven’t read FoTL as Kingdom can be read separately and you can still sign-up and have a chance to join the tour. Also, please be reminded that you MUST include the buy-links on your blog post for the tour that might be given before, during, or after the tour.

Sixteen (16) – Twenty (20) participants are needed for this tour.

Thank you.

FOR INTERESTED BOOK BLOGGERS, SIGN-UP HERE.


Add Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix on your TBR on Goodreads!


BUY-LINKS

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Google Play | Book Depository | National Bookstore HC | National Bookstore PB


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


IMG_1837_500x667Julie C. Dao is a proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York. She studied medicine in college, but came to realize blood and needles were her Kryptonite. By day, she worked in science news and research; by night, she wrote books about heroines unafraid to fight for their dreams, which inspired her to follow her passion of becoming a published author. FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS is her debut novel. Julie lives in New England. Follow her on Twitter @jules_writes.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Dao