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THE GLITTERING COURT Paperback Release Day Blitz + Giveaway

It’s the paperback release day for THE GLITTERING COURT by Richelle Mead and I’m totally stoked to help celebrate by participating in this blitz which includes a giveaway for a copy of the book to ten winners.

If you don’t yet have a copy of this awesome first book in the series or you want to add a paperback edition to your collection, be sure to enter for a chance to win in the Rafflecopter.

And if for some reason you haven’t yet heard about this fantastic book, its bookish details – with a link to an excerpt – follow immediately below.


About THE GLITTERING COURT

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Title & Series: THE GLITTERING COURT (The Glittering Court #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Release date: April 5, 2016 / Paperback release date March 28, 2017
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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Description…

Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | GOODREADS


About Richelle Mead

RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.

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The Giveaway

Courtesy of the publisher…

  • Enter for a chance to win one (1) of ten (10) copies of The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (ARV: $10.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on March 28, 2017 and 12:00 AM on April 5, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about April 7, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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Blogger Appreciation: Carina’s Books + #Giveaway

Aside from participating in BBAW in years’ past I’m not sure I’ve ever done a Blogger Appreciation type of post here at Fiktshun. I used to do these kinds of posts on occasion on one of my various external blogs. But I don’t believe I’ve ever done one here.

It’s not that I don’t appreciate all the hard-working bloggers out there. I just used to be so wrapped up in my own blog stuffs and trying to keep up with the reading and reviewing part of blogging that I never had a second to appreciate everything and everyone.

And even though I don’t blog as regularly as I used to, I find I have even less free time. But I just had to take a moment to share my appreciation for Carina of Carina’s Books.

I may not be the most chatty person on social media or here on the blog, but I do read and love all my comments. And even though I haven’t been posting nearly as often as I used to, Carina has always stopped by to leave comments on my posts.

And I am just so thankful for her visits and comments.

Because I’m sure she’s just as busy as (or even busier than) I am. Yet she takes the time to read what I’ve posted and share her thoughts and kind words.

Just knowing that someone is reading what I’m writing makes it all worth it – she makes it worth it.

So for that I wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to her here on the blog, to offer her a couple of books of her choice from The Book Depository (if she’d like them), and to offer up a giveaway with some follow options for her.

And for those who haven’t yet “met” Carina, here’s some information about her and places to find her online…

About Carina

My name is Carina; I’m a twenty three year old girl from Norway. I love reading more than anything. I have the most gorgeous cat. And I love watching amazing movies. I have so many favorites. I collect tons of things, like Pop figures. And Disney things. I have a whole ceiling wall full of swag, which I also collect. I mostly read only Young Adult and Middle Grade books, but I would read Adult if it is by an author that I already love. I don’t read self-published books. I’m obsessed with pretty covers. And good writing. I can’t stand love triangles. I also have a lot of health issues, which is for life, which sucks. But I’m still doing good. I love all my collections.

I love blogging so much. As I’ve gotten to know so many amazing people and authors because of it. It is the best. And I have gotten to know about so many amazing books too. I will be blogging for a long time still. Don’t feel like sharing much more about myself, but if there is anything you want to know just leave a comment, email or ask me on twitter 🙂 Thank you all for following me. <3 You guys are always the best. You should know that this is my blog, my life. I write honest reviews about books that I read. I will never change that. If I love a book, I will write why I did. If I hate a book, I will most definitely write the reasons for why.

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The Blogger Appreciation Giveaway

A hardcover copy of A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING by Jessica Cluess + a hardcover copy of FROSTBLOOD by Elly Blake to ONE (1) winner – US only

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • There will be ONE winner for both books
  • Giveaway is US only
  • Giveaway ends on March 13th at 12:00 a.m. Pacific
  • Prize will be sent US mail/media mail with tracking
  • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
  • Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be selected

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS Blog Tour: Review + Excerpt

I am super excited to be a part of the HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS Blog Tour. This is the first book by Kerrelyn Sparks that I have read, and I’m thrilled to say it won’t be my last.

I absolutely loved the start to this new series by the author, loved being introduced to the world of the Embraced, and loved getting to meet Ana and Leo. And I can’t wait to see what happens next in Aerthlan, find out what new secrets are revealed, what new dangers and threats are looming, and what has Luciana so worried.

Anyway… for my stop today I’m sharing a review as well as an excerpt from Chapter Four. So if you’d like to know just what I thought, or you want to take a peek inside this new series, scroll down.

And if you can’t wait to get your hands on a copy of HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS, the wait won’t be long, as it releases next week on March 7th!

About HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS

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Title & Series: HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS (The Embraced #1)
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Release date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Pages: 416
Formats: Mass Market Paperback, eBook

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Description…

Luciana grew up on the Isle of Moon, hidden away because of her magical powers. But when her father arrives, he offers her a choice: remain on the island or return with him and marry the Beast of Benwick in order to save their legacy – and her father’s life.

Lord Leofric, the Beast of Benwick, has not been touched since he was a child. Born with the power to harness lightning, he is a danger to everyone he touches. When he meets his betrothed, he expects a loveless, lonely marriage…until he discovers she’s vastly more powerful than he realized. But is she strong enough to withstand his touch?

If they can survive, their love will alter the future of the kingdom. But will their extraordinary powers cost them everything?

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | MACMILLAN | GOODREADS


Praise

“As Sparks starts a delightful new paranormal-romance series…Luciana and Leo’s erotic tension ratchets up. Readers will relish Spark’s lovingly detailed and memorable tale and look forward to the next.” —Booklist

“An entertaining first entry for Sparks’ new series.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Sparks…creates an intricate, layered world that’s easy to fall into without tons of backstory needed. Luciana’s gifts were unique and made for a fun read with situations that led to all kinds of trouble, making this story a joy to read. The Beast, Lord Leo, is everything you’d want, without being so dark he irks you. Readers will be fully invested in this Embraced series!” —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick!


NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eBook copy was purchased for my collection.


The Review

Kerrelyn Sparks introduces an exciting new world and characters in HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS, the first book in her Embraced series. She begins to paint a picture of a world in conflict, where not only are the kingdoms at war, but differing belief systems have caused their citizens to live in fear. She imbues several of her characters with an interesting array of abilities that she only touches on in this book, but hints at the possibility of exploring more in future books.

She brings together two characters who appear to be complete opposites – one innocent, one deadly – who are forced to keep secrets, and who have seemingly impossible odds of having a happily ever after. And she sets up a situation that is fraught with danger, that is filled with risk, and that demands trust, love, and bravery for any hope of success.

HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS tells the story of Leo – the Beast of Benwick – and Luciana – the daughter of a Duke. The secrets she must keep could get her and her father killed if discovered. His very existence puts him in danger.

Forced to wed to keep the king’s murderous impulses at bay means a perilous and torturous life for them both. Luciana will have to live a lie every day of her life. Leo will have to be forever alert to keep her safe. Both will have to deny their attraction to avoid any possibility of harm from his lethal touch.

Spies, assassins, a greedy, power-hungry and paranoid king, and deadly threats from neighboring kingdoms are just some of what awaits Leo and Luciana in this thrilling and incredibly appealing read. Instant attraction, lust, longing, and the inability to have a physical connection serve to torment both characters and readers alike.

The romance has a tantalizingly slow build throughout the read that culminates in scenes that sizzle. The mystery surrounding their unknown enemies and whether certain secrets will come to light keeps the story suspense-filled. The hope for a happy ending will keep readers captivated. And the promise of new kingdoms to explore, new abilities to discover, new characters to meet, new romances to fall in love with, makes HOW TO TAME A BEAST IN SEVEN DAYS an absolutely delectable, must devour first book in this new series.

The Rating


About Kerrelyn Sparks

Apparently, she has issues with reality. After writing 16 books about vampires and shifters, Kerrelyn has now completely gone off the deep end and wound up on another planet.

Although Kerrelyn is best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA Today list, she hopes her readers will love The Embraced as much as they did her merry band of vamps and shifters.

Kerrelyn lives with her family in the Greater Houston area of Texas. You can visit with her on Goodreads or her Facebook page, where she does a monthly contest. On Twitter, she posts as @KerrelynSparks.

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The Excerpt

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FROSTBLOOD ‘Where Flame And Ice Are Mortal Enemies’ #Giveaway

Where Flame And Ice Are Mortal Enemies: Pick a side!

I am super excited to be able to host a giveaway for FROSTBLOOD, the very awesome first book in Elly Blake’s new series of the same name, thanks to Little, Brown & Co.

If you haven’t yet heard of this amazing new series, be sure to check out FROSTBLOOD’s description below (and it’s super cool – no pun intended – animated cover). You can also read the first chapter on TheNovl which will totally get you hooked!

There is also a super fun quiz you can play to find out whether you’re a Frostblood or Fireblood! (I’m a Fireblood – which comes as no surprise…)

CLICK HERE to take the quiz.

And if you’d like to learn more about the series, visit its official site (a.k.a. the place I plan on visiting regularly in hopes of catching sneak peeks at book 2!).

And if you’d like to join the conversation tag #Frostblood or follow @elly_blake and @TheNovl on Twitter.

FROSTBLOOD is one of my favorite reads of 2017 and I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel, due out on September 12th.


About FROSTBLOOD

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Title & Series: FROSTBLOOD (Frostblood Saga #1)
Author: Elly Blake
Release date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

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Description…

The Frost King will burn.

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.

Vivid and compelling, Frostblood is the first in an exhilarating series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies . . . but together create a power that could change everything.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | INDIEBOUND | THE NOVLGOODREADS


The Giveaway

Courtesy of Little, Brown & Co. I have an awesome FROSTBLOOD Prize Pack for giveaway…

  • ONE (1) winner will receive a copy of FROSTBLOOD + branded nail polish duo in shades of fire and frost

Giveaway is open to US addresses ONLY. Prizing and samples are provided by Little, Brown & Co.

And..

  • You must be 13 or older to enter
  • There will be ONE winner
  • Giveaway ends March 6th at 12:00 AM Pacific
  • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
  • Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen

There are no requirements to like or follow the blog. Extra entries are provided for following the author and publisher on social media, adding the book on Goodreads, sharing the giveaway on Twitter, and leaving a comment stating which side you’re on!

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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About ELLY BLAKE

Elly Blake loves fairy tales, old houses, and owls. After earning a degree in English literature, she held a series of seemingly random jobs, including project manager, customs clerk, graphic designer, and reporter for a local business magazine before finally landing on her current job as a library assistant. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids, and a Siberian Husky mix that definitely shows frostblood tendencies.

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Six Year [Belated] Blogoversary + Giveaway

It’s a few months past my actual six year blogoversary, but as I posted at that time, it didn’t feel like a time for celebrating. And while things haven’t improved all that much since then, I didn’t want to wait any longer to thank everyone who has been a part of my blog’s six year history, who has connected with me on social media, and who has shared their love of reading.

For the love of reading…

The reason I started my blog six plus years ago was because of my love of books. I wanted to share my thoughts online about the books I read. I wanted to connect with like-minded readers. I wanted to “meet” the authors of the books that made an impact on my life.

And over the past six years I have “met” some amazing bloggers and readers. I have “met” some incredible authors. And I have read a ton of phenomenal books.

While things haven’t always been easy – and keeping up the blog has sometimes been more than challenging – I have never been able to walk away completely. And I have never fallen out of love with reading – even if life has gotten in the way at times.

I don’t – and haven’t ever – blogged to get free books. I don’t blog for money – I’ve never earned one cent being a book blogger. I blog because I love discovering new books and authors. I love meeting new characters. And going on new adventures. I love visiting new worlds. And I even love getting my heart broken time and again.

I do this for the love of reading, even if I don’t always have as much time as I used to.

Times have changed…

But the blogosphere has changed. There are new ways to promote that are not quite my forte – YouTube, Instagram. There are thousands of new blogs I haven’t had the chance to visit and bloggers I haven’t had the chance to meet. There are so many new authors whose books I haven’t been introduced to.

I am overwhelmed by the magnitude.

I am also so happy to be a teeny, tiny part of things.

Ask the Eight Ball…

I don’t know what the future holds for me and my little blog. But I hope to be around to celebrate my 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Blogoversaries. I hope to master the art of taking a really great picture so that I can become a somewhat interesting Instagrammer. And I hope to find a LOT more time to find and read new books and re-discover some of my old favorites.

I also hope to have more time to promote some of those upcoming releases I am so excited about like I used to do way back when.

For right now, though, I’m just taking things a day, week, month at a time, devouring as many books as I can.

And I wanted to say…

THANK YOU!

From the top, middle, and bottom of my heart I want to thank you all for being a part of my blog’s existence, for loving books as much as (or even more than) I do, and for making me feel that I am not alone in my love of the characters I meet.

Without you my blog would be just a compilation of words and images on the internet. It wouldn’t give me the joy it does. It would be absolutely meaningless.

And I certainly wouldn’t be celebrating…

So, as my thank you to YOU, I am offering up a bookish prize…


The Giveaway

What’s up for grabs…

  • Books of Your Choice (up to $75 USD) to ONE (1) winner – International

The deets

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Giveaway is open to anywhere the Book Depository ships
  • Books will be ordered from Amazon or Books of Wonder (US) or The Book Depository (Int’l)
  • Giveaway ends on March 7th at 12:00 AM Pacific
  • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and notified by email
  • Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen

There are no requirements to like or follow. Extra entries are available for leaving a comment and spreading the word on Twitter.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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