TO KILL A KINGDOM by Alexandra Christo Blog Tour Review

I am so excited to be a stop on the TO KILL A KINGDOM Blog Tour. From the moment I saw the cover and the tagline I was intrigued.

But when I read the description I knew Alexandra Christo’s TO KILL A KINGDOM was going to be one of those stories that I’d want to devour in a single sitting just to find out how everything ended – and it was. It was so completely unputdownable.

If you’d like to know what else I thought, my review follows below. If you haven’t yet heard of this book, which comes out next week on March 6th, check out the bookish details below. And if you’d like to connect with the author on social media, links to places you can find her online follow at the end of the post.


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Author: Alexandra Christo
Release date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 352
Foramts: Hardcover, audio, eBook



Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most–a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen and or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby–it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good–But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?


Note: This review is based on an ARC and eARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.

The Review

A multitude of battles and skirmishes, oceans of bloodthirsty creatures, a seemingly impossible quest, a golden prince, and a cold-hearted princess are just some of what make TO KILL A KINGDOM unputdownable. Powerful magic, vengeful and ruthless killers, deception, lies, betrayal, stolen hearts, and romance make it unforgettable.

The Sea Queen’s mandate that every siren must add a heart to her collection only once a year, on her birthday, must be followed. Even by her daughter, Princess Lira. But when the chance to steal a prince’s heart a few weeks early presents itself, she can’t resist.

She knew that breaking the rules might incite her mother’s wrath. But she never thought her actions would ultimately lead to the punishment her mother chose to inflict – one that turned her into her enemy, leaving her weak, vulnerable, and separated from her home.

Determined to impress the Sea Queen and prove just how valuable and clever and brutal she could be, Lira set her sights on the heart of the Midasan prince, Prince Elian. Even in human form she would show her mother that she was the Prince’s Bane and had no shred of humanity that would render her unworthy of reigning when the queen stepped down.

Prince Elian never wanted to take the throne and be forever trapped in Midas. He was only ever happy when at sea, hunting down the sirens that lured ships’ captains and crews to their deaths, and pursuing the siren known only as the Prince’s Bane.

When he learned of an object that had the power to destroy the Sea Queen and every last siren, he would do whatever it took to find it. Even if it meant trusting in fairytales. Even if it mean entering a soul-crushing bargain. Even if it meant relying on someone he knew he should never trust.

Alexandra Christo penned a most delightful, fierce, action-packed, vicious, captivating, and immensely entertaining tale. Her monsters are monstrous. Her heroes are deadly. Their adventures are enthralling. Their quest is formidable. The fights are savage. The romance is unlikely. The outcome is unpredictable.

And with one enemy in the dark, another filled with uncertainty, and two kingdoms on the line, TO KILL A KINGDOM is guaranteed to be a gripping, thrilling, and all-consuming, tentacle-filled read.

The Rating

About Alexandra Christo

Alexandra Christo decided to write books when she was four and her teacher told her she couldn’t be a fairy. She has a BA in Creative Writing and works as a copywriter in London, both of which make her sound more grown up than she feels. When she’s not busy making up stories, she can be found buying far too many cushions and organizing food crawls all over the city. Alexandra currently lives in Hertfordshire with an abundance of cacti (because they’re the only plants she can keep alive).Alexandra is the author of To Kill a Kingdom.


Choose A Side: RENEGADES Blog Tour Review

Welcome to my stop on Marissa Meyers’ RENEGADES “Choose A Side” Blog Tour!

While I was asked to choose a side before I read this very awesome book, I am thrilled to say that I chose right – Anarchist.

Both the Renegades and Anarchists made mistakes, didn’t always make the best choices, had their pros and cons, and had their fair share of good guys and bad guys. But from what has been revealed so far in the series, the scales seem to be tipped in favor of the Anarchists – they’re the ones that are fighting for something better instead of getting complacent, getting caught up in the minutiae, forgetting what’s important.

And they have Nova on their side.

If you haven’t yet heard of this amazing new book, releasing next week, by Marissa Meyer, scroll down for more info. If you’d like to know what I thought, my review follows the bookish details. And if you want to check out a few of the other stops on the tour, links to several of the stops so far are at the bottom of the post.


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Title and series: RENEGADES (Renegades #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook



Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.


Note: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.

The Review

Marissa Meyers’ RENEGADES is action-packed, thrilling, elaborate, exciting, and absolutely riveting. The world-building is incredible. The characters are interesting, so well-developed, have fascinating abilities, and are adorable, likable, lovable, detestable, despicable, or just plain creepy. The story offers much to think about. And deciding on who are the heroes and who are the villains isn’t always so easy.

Nova had one goal in life and that was to end the Renegades. With their parades, their trials, and their bureaucracy, she couldn’t stand to see them in power. Their promises were lies. Their sense of justice was skewed. And she would do whatever it took to ensure their destruction.

Adrian was tired of helping out the Renegades from behind the scenes. He wasn’t just a Renegade by virtue of his birth or because of his family. With his ability he could do so much to help take down the Anarchists. He just needed to prove himself by uncovering the real identity of the villain called Nightmare.

The Renegades appeared to have the advantage with their superior numbers, their seemingly endless resources, the support of the people. But their overconfidence, smugness, and self-righteousness, all but guaranteed that their enemies would work that much harder and be more clever, ruthless, and relentless.

Author Marissa Meyer took her superheroes and villains story beyond that next level. She didn’t skimp on detail. Her characters had pasts as well as presents. She challenged definitions of good and evil. She teased secrets. Her battles were complex and explosive and electrifying. Her society was extensive and captivating. She delivered twists and turns and surprises. And she made what some might consider a lengthy novel a lightning-fast read.

The story transitions smoothly between Nova’s and Adrian’s point of view. It allows readers to get to know both of these unique characters very well and to see the good and the bad within both the Renegades and the Anarchists. And it expands the world.

RENEGADES is not your ordinary superhero versus villains tale – things are not so cut and dry. The stereotypes do not align with expectations. It is as thought-provoking as it is enthralling. It has weight to it but does not feel heavy. And with so many secrets to keep readers intrigued, it promises to be unputdownable.

The Rating

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About Marissa Meyer

MARISSA MEYER is the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles series, as well as the graphic novel Wires and Nerve: Vol. 1, and The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book. Her first stand alone novel, Heartless, was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their two daughters.


A Few Other Tour Stops

The “Choose A Side” Blog Tour runs from October 23rd through November 6th. Below are just a few of the stops on the tour…

Review: THE WOOD

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Author: Chelsea Bobulski
Release date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardcover, eBook



Winter didn’t ask to be the guardian of the wood, but when her dad inexplicably vanishes, she’s the one who must protect travelers who accidentally slip through the wood’s portals.

The wood is poisoned, changing into something more sinister. Once brightly colored leaves are now bubbling inky black. Vicious creatures that live in the shadows are becoming bolder, torturing lost travelers. Winter must now put her trust in Henry–a young man from eighteenth century England who knows more than he should about the wood–in order to find the truth and those they’ve lost.

Bobulski’s eerie debut is filled with friendship, family, and the responsibilities we choose and those we do not.


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

The Review

THE WOOD is a unique and alluring and beautifully written tale that grabs hold from its very first page and won’t let go until its last. It invites readers into a world that is enchanting and magical, yet hints of darkness and danger. It is thrilling. It is haunting. It is completely captivating. It is an extraordinary read that promises to leave readers clamoring for a sequel.

When Winter Parish finally learned the secret of the wood and her responsibility for it and for the people who would sometimes find their way in and get lost, she was ecstatic. She’d always been curious about the wood behind her home and she was fascinated by these accidental travelers who needed protection. She felt a connection to the wood and she loved its beauty and its magic and was happy to serve as its guardian someday.

But when her father supposedly strayed from the path – breaking one of the wood’s most important rules – and vanished from her life, she wasn’t sure how she felt about having to step into his shoes. Not that she had any choice, but she hadn’t yet learned all she needed to, she didn’t have any answers about her father’s disappearance, and she didn’t feel quite as safe as in the wood as she once did.

Desperate for answers, she might have to break one of the rules herself and allow a traveler into her world. A decision that could put not only herself, her mother and the wood in danger, but the past, the present, the future, the world as she knows it. Especially if it turns out that this traveler can’t be trusted.

Chelsea Bobulski delivers a refreshingly different and incredibly suspenseful read. From the mysterious disappearance of Jack Parish, to the darkness that is infecting the wood, to the strange traveler from Brightonshire that knows more than he should, the author spins a stunning tale that is absolutely riveting.

And with a quick pace, a touch of romance, an immensely likable heroine, a sinister foe, and an ending that leaves open the possibility for more, THE WOOD is a must, must, must read that is guaranteed to be unputdownable.

The Rating

About Chelsea Bobulski

Chelsea Bobulski was born in Columbus, Ohio, and raised on Disney movies, Broadway musicals, and Buckeye pride. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in history, and promptly married her high school sweetheart. As a writer, she has a soft spot for characters with broken pasts, strange talents, and obstacles they must overcome for a brighter future. She now lives in Northwest Ohio with her husband, her daughter, and one very emotive German Shepherd/Lab mix. Her debut young adult novel, THE WOOD, will be published by Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan on August 1, 2017.

She is represented by Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger, Inc.


PERFECT Release Day Blitz + Giveaway

It’s release day for PERFECT by Cecelia Ahern, the second book in the author’s Flawed series, and I am stoked to be able to help spread the word about its release. It is an awesome follow-up and I can’t wait for everyone to get the chance to read it!

I have been a long time fan of the author, have read all her books, and I absolutely love this series. But if you haven’t yet discovered it, there are all sorts of details about both books in the series below, along with links to excerpts on the publisher’s website. There’s also a peek at Chapter 8 from PERFECT if you just can’t wait.

And if you aren’t familiar with the author, there’s a long bio below and links where you can find her online.

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#HeartlessCountdown Review: HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer


HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer releases in JUST 17 DAYS. The wait is almost over!!!!! And let me just tell you it is so totally worth the wait. This book is soooooooooo amazing.

I mean, I had hoped it would be amazing. I thought it would be amazing. I figured it had to be amazing – it’s written by Marissa Meyer after all. But until I actually got the chance to read it I couldn’t say with complete certainty that it was amazing. Well now I can say that it was 100% amazing. And epic. And heartbreaking. And gorgeous. And imaginative. And wonderful. And so much more….

So if you’d like to know a bit more about what else I thought, my review is below.

And if you’d like to participate in the Countdown to HEARTLESS daily challenges visit the Fierce Reads tumblr for details by clicking the image above. And to follow or join the conversation on social media use #HeartlessCountdown.



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Author: Marissa Meyer
Release date: November 8, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 464
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook


Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.


Note: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

The Review

Wow, what a gorgeous and heartbreaking and epic adventure this has been. And such a wonderful and wild ride. HEARTLESS is one of those stories that will be remembered and loved long after the final page has been turned. It is delightful and magical and fun and sweet and silly. And it is oh so very clever. And captivating. And devastating. And surprising.

One would not expect the Queen of Hearts to be a sympathetic character, let alone a likable one. Yet Marissa Meyer made her into someone very likable. She gave her character hopes and dreams, even if they might have been unrealistic. She put her character into challenging and often no-win situations, forced her to make difficult decisions, and limited her possibilities. And she made her character’s transformation from who she was to who she became very believable.

Catherine was hopeful and foolish and emotional and passionate about the things she loved. She wasn’t particularly strong or defiant or independent. And she definitely wasn’t the hot-tempered and blood-thirsty Queen she would become. She wanted the impossible – a simple life, love, happiness. But her title, her family’s expectations and the interest of the King all but ensured a very different future for her than the one she imagined.

But when she meets the literal man of her dreams, she’ll finally have decide whether to risk everything and go after a life she wants or accept the one she’s expected to live.

Choice and destiny play a big role in HEARTLESS. As do actions and consequences, strength and determination, bravery and heroism. Add in fantastical, whimsical, odd and quirky and adorable creatures and beings, an enchanting setting, and an ending that you know from the outset will shatter your heart and you have a story that merits a re-read or two or three.

Marissa Meyer has written a “before story” that fits so well into Lewis Carroll’s world. She added a dash of Poe, a touch of Greek mythology, a few creations all her very own and created something marvelous and imaginative that readers are sure to fall madly in love with and that will make them want to pick up Carroll’s Alice books to continue on with the tale.

The Rating


Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

About Marissa Meyer


Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg.


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