Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Month9Books Celebrates 6 years of Publishing!

Month9Books is celebrating 6 years of publishing this year!

If this publisher sounds familiar to you, it's because I read a lot of review copies of their books. They also have a special place in my heart because for a long time I didn't get review copies, but they were the first publisher to give me a chance. I honestly don't even remember how I first got into contact with them, maybe they reached out to me, maybe I just found them reaching out to bloggers on social media. I don't know! But I am glad I discovered them because I like to support smaller presses, and support authors that may not get as much attention as ones that are published by the big five.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

ARC Review: Bane of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford

Bane of the Dragon King By J. Keller Ford
Publisher: Month9Books
Release Date: November, 13th, 2018
Format: Ebook
Source: The author*
My Rating: 
★ 1/2 

Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

Fallhollow is at war. The sudden deaths of the only two heirs that could have saved it has plunged the entire land into chaos. Despite all the magic thrown at him, the Dragon King still lives. Hope for any sort of victory seems faint until Charlotte discovers a secret that could change the course of history.

Armed with the power to set things right, Charlotte embarks on a perilous journey with the sly and cunning Prince Izmayel Ascatar Venniver IV, Lord of the peaceful Edryd dragons. But her journey of peace is thwarted, and Hirth's most fearsome enemy plans to use Charlotte to destroy the kingdom and claim the universe as his own.

As Fallhollow and the Kingdom of Hirth descend into a battlefield of bloodshed and death, David, Trog, and the warriors of Hirth march toward war with an impossible plan to bring down the Dragon King, destroy his armies, and return the kingdom to its former glory. All they need is a little faith, a few extraordinary surprises, and a lot of magic of the most unexpected, generous kind.

This book is the final dramatic and magnificent conclusion to the Chronicles of Fallhollow trilogy.
Bane of the Dragon King is the third and final book in J. Keller Ford's fantasy series The Chronicles of Fallhollow. It's so bittersweet to see this series come to end. I have been lucky enough to review all the books in the series, so I really feel like I have gone on a journey with this series. This series has always given me "Skyrim Feels" it has everything a fantasy lover could want -- dragons, magic, and a kingdom at war! This series is a little hidden gem, that I would recommend to any of my YA fantasy loving friends.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Review: STAR WARS: Leia, Princess of Alderaan By Claudia Gray

STAR WARS: Leia, Princess of Alderaan By Claudia Gray
Publisher: Disney LucasFilm Press
Release Date: September 1st, 2017
Format: Hardback
My Rating: 

Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....there was a princess who became a legend.

Sixteen-year-old Princess Leia Organa faces the most challenging task of her life so far: proving herself in the areas of body, mind, and heart to be formally named heir to the throne of Alderaan. She's taking rigorous survival courses, practicing politics, and spearheading relief missions to worlds under Imperial control. But Leia has worries beyond her claim to the crown. Her parents, Breha and Bail, aren't acting like themselves lately; they are distant and preoccupied, seemingly more concerned with throwing dinner parties for their allies in the Senate than they are with their own daughter. Determined to uncover her parents' secrets, Leia starts down an increasingly dangerous path that puts her right under the watchful eye of the Empire. And when Leia discovers what her parents and their allies are planning behind closed doors, she finds herself facing what seems like an impossible choice; dedicate herself to the people of Alderaan—including the man she loves—or the galaxy at large, which is in desperate need of a rebel hero
Okay, full disclosure, Claudia Gray is my favorite of the new Star Wars canon authors and she 100% gets how to write Leia. I'm not sure if I want another author to try to tackle a book centered around her, because Gray just gets it and she really gets how to write for Star Wars. However! This was hard sell at first, and I honestly didn't think I was going to finish this book and give it a 5-star rating. 

Let's jump in!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han + Series Review

Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Release Date: May 2nd, 2017
Format: Hardback
My Rating: 

Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

Lara Jean's letter-writing days aren't over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I've Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad's finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot's coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father's wedding, she can't ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean's the one who'll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?
I am very conflicted about this review. I changed my rating for this multiple times before actually posting, because I just don't know what to think. On the one hand I liked this better than the second book, but on the other hand LITERALLY NOTHING HAPPENS! So, this book, and this series as a whole just had me super conflicted. I think partly this book wasn't supposed to be published, and it feels like it was done more as a fan-service. So if you love Lara Jean and you loved the other two novels, this is probably your jammeroo, but if you were "meh" on the second book I advise you to just quit reading. 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Audiobook Review: The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski

The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Release Date: November 13th, 2018
Format: Audiobook narrated by Peter Kenny
Source: Audible
My Rating: 

Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

The witcher returns in this sequel to Blood of Elves, in the series that inspired The Witcher video games.

Geralt is a witcher—guardian of the innocent, protector of those in need, and in dark times a defender against some of the most frightening creatures of myth and legend. His task now is to protect Ciri. A child of prophecy, she will have the power to change the world for good or for ill—but only if she lives to use it.

A coup threatens the wizard's guild, war breaks out across the lands, a serious injury leaves Geralt fighting for his life ... and Ciri, in whose hands the world's fate rests, has vanished.
I am a huge fan of The Witcher video games, one day I will actually finish The Wild Hunt, so when I found out they were based on a polish fantasy series, I HAD to start reading them. The Time of Contempt is the second book in the series, if you are not counting the two short story collections that come before it. I do, because I feel like those collections give you a lot of needed background on these characters. I don't think they are entirely necessary, but to me they were.