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    Quickie Signed ARC Giveaway: FROST LIKE NIGHT by Sara Raasch

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    I have a Signed ARC of FROST LIKE NIGHT by Sara Raasch for giveaway. It’s the third book in the Snow Like Ashes series and it is fan-freaking-tastic!

    Giveaway is open to those with a U.S. mailing address that are 13 or older. Scroll down to the Rafflecopter to enter. There are no requirements to like or follow the blog but there are extra entry opportunities if you follow the author and publisher, share the giveaway news, leave a comment, and/or add the book on Goodreads.

    In haven’t heard about this third book in the series, details about the book are below.

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    Title & Series: FROST LIKE NIGHT (Snow Like Ashes #3)
    Author: Sara Raasch
    Release date: September 20, 2016
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 496
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.

    Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

    Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

    Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

    As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.

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    The Giveaway

    An ARC (shown above) of FROST LIKE NIGHT by Sara Raasch to ONE winner – US ONLY

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is US only
    • Giveaway ends on 12/14 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • ARC will be sent by US mail, media mail with tracking
    • Winner will be contacted by email and announced in the Rafflecopter
    • Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen

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    FROST LIKE NIGHT Blog Tour: Guest Post by Sara Raasch + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be today’s stop on the FROST LIKE NIGHT Blog Tour. I am madly in love with this series and I can hardly wait for next Tuesday to roll around so that everyone will get the chance to find out what’s next…

    …and discover the incredibleamazingawesomemustreadohemgee scene that Author Sara Raasch talks about in her guest post.

    Though I hope everyone will read it as they come to it versus skipping ahead – oh the temptation! – as it is a *few* chapters in.

    Anyway…

    If you haven’t yet discovered this series, information on each of the books is below. If you are as excited for FROST LIKE NIGHT’s release next week be sure to check out the guest post.

    And if you’d like the chance to win a copy of FROST LIKE NIGHT scroll down to the Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway.

    The tour continues through next week, so if you’d like to peek at a few reviews, interviews and guest posts click the links in the schedule at the end of this post, which will be updated throughout the tour.

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    ICE LIKE FIRE Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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    I am so totally stoked to be today’s stop on the ICE LIKE FIRE Blog Tour. I am madly in love with this series though I’m not sure I’ll be able to survive the wait for the next book. I thought waiting for ICE LIKE FIRE was going to kill me. Somehow I made it. I’m not sure I’ll be so lucky this time.

    If you haven’t yet picked up your copy of ICE LIKE FIRE, what are you waiting for? It released this week and it’s so freaking awesome I just had to read it twice. So much happens in this book. Especially in the second half. It’s insane. And that ending? Killer.

    If you’d like to know a little bit more about what I thought, my review is below. If you want to know more about this series, details on both books are below. If you want the chance to win some awesome ICE LIKE FIRE swag, check out the giveaway and enter in the Rafflecopter.

    And if you’d like to visit the other stops on the tour to check out a few guest posts and interviews and to see what a few other bloggers have to say about ICE LIKE FIRE, the tour schedule with direct links to all the stops is at the bottom of the post.


    About ICE LIKE FIRE

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    Title & Series: ICE LIKE FIRE (Snow Like Ashes #2)
    Author: Sara Raasch
    Release date: October 13, 2015
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 496
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

    Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

    Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

    As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    ICE LIKE FIRE is an epic and elaborate and richly imagined sequel. It delivers action, mystery, magic, suspense, heartbreak, betrayal. The world-building is incredible. Meticulous attention to detail is paid to every aspect of this story from its characters to its multiple settings to its plot development. It takes you on a journey through parts of the world not explored in the first book, it introduces potential allies and enemies, it alternates points of view, it varies its pace, it builds to a finish that is jaw-dropping.

    Meira had hoped the worst was behind her, that Winter would be able to take the time it needed to rebuild, to grow stronger. But their arrangement with Cordell put Winter in their debt, and forced the Winterians to risk their lives mining, searching for the chasm of magic whose location could be anywhere.

    Instead of its discovery being a relief, Meira worried about the access to unlimited power it would give Cordell. She worried about what that much magic would do to to her own people. She worried about what that much magic would do to her.

    Forced to decide whether to continue bowing to Cordell or to stand up and fight, Meira chose to fight. But she knew she didn’t stand much of a chance against Noam and his army if she had to fight alone. As hard as it was as Winter’s new Queen to even think about leaving her Season, for its safety, for its future, she was willing to take the risk and go in search of those who would be allies.

    Told mainly from Meira’s point of view, with the occasional chapter from Mather’s perspective, readers will get to visit some of the different Seasons and Rhythms, meet their leaders, see how they rule and how they treat their people. They’ll find out who, if anyone, is willing to stand with Winter against Cordell. They’ll get to embark upon a quest to find three hidden keys and to learn anything they can about a mysterious Order.

    Author Sara Raasch has written an absolutely spectacular follow-up to her first novel in this series. She delves deeper into the politics of being Queen of Winter, the conflict between the Seasons and the Rhythms, the issues with being a conduit for magic, human rights issues. She forces her characters to overcome obstacles, to question, to trust, to learn, to grow, to be willing to sacrifice, to choose, and to live with the consequences of their actions, their choices and their mistakes.

    The author takes the time to really build the world, to flesh it out. She paints a complete picture with each different locale that Meira visits. Everything is wonderfully detailed, allowing for a total immersion into the story. The pacing in the first half of the novel is largely unhurried, though the points of view switches create suspense and a sense of urgency, and in the latter half, the pace picks up and continues to accelerate until the story’s end, keeping things interesting and engaging and making for a nice change-up.

    ICE LIKE FIRE is gorgeous and compelling and positively riveting. This is no filler novel. It does not suffer from a sophomore slump. It builds upon the story. It expands the world. It advances the characters. It is so unbelievably well-written. It is amazing, exciting, breathtaking, surprising. It is an absolute must-, must-, must-read.

    The Rating

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    About Sara Raasch

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    Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a
    lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too.

    Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to
    draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures.

    Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, came out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray, and the sequel,
    ICE LIKE FIRE, comes out October 13, 2015. Neither features her hand-drawn pictures.

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    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: SNOW LIKE ASHES (Snow Like Ashes #1)
    Author: Sara Raasch
    Release date: October 14, 2014
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

    Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

    Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

    So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

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    The Giveaway

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    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    • TWO (2) Winners will receive sets of ICE LIKE FIRE Trading Cards/Miniature Bookmarks

    ***Giveaway is International***

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

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    SNOW LIKE ASHES Signed Giveaway

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    One of my favorite reads in 2014 was Sara Raasch’s SNOW LIKE ASHES. And I’m so excited to have a signed hardcover copy available for giveaway.

    Whether you’ve read it or not, it’s a book you’ll want to have in your collection – the writing is amazing, the cover is gorgeous, and it’s the start to a series that is going to be even more epic than it already is.

    But if you haven’t yet heard about this amazing first book in the author’s series, here’s some information about the book up for giveaway…

    About SNOW LIKE ASHES

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    Title & Series: SNOW LIKE ASHES (Snow Like Ashes #1)
    Author: Sarah Raasch
    Release date: October 14, 2014
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Description…

    A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

    Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

    Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

    So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.


    The Giveaway

    A SIGNED copy of SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch to ONE WINNER – US ONLY

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is US ONLY
    • Giveaway ends at Midnight Pacific of January 12th
    • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
    • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
    • Winner will have 72 hours to respond with their details

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    SNOW LIKE ASHES Blog Tour: ‘First Lines’ Guest Post + Giveaway

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    SNOW LIKE ASHES released yesterday and I hope by now that everyone stopping by for my tour stop on the SNOW LIKE ASHES Blog Tour already has their copy in hand and has read it. It is my favorite debut novel of the year – and one of my top ten favorite novels of the year – and though I read it ages ago – back in May – I am still madly in love with it.

    And while I haven’t yet, since I just got my finished copy yesterday, I definitely plan on re-reading it again in the next few weeks. Yeah, it was that fan-freaking-tastic.

    Anyway…

    I have an awesome guest post from Author Sara Raasch in which she shares some of the original first lines from her novel (formerly known as GIVING LIGHT). I happen to think the line she chose to start her book (and series) is perfect. So I’m kind of glad that those other lines didn’t work out. I also am in love with her book’s title… its characters… the plot… the writing…. Every. Single. Thing. About. It. I love all of it.

    And I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I’ve been waiting for nearly five months already. The wait is killing me.

    Well, enough about how much I adore this book and how anxious I am for the sequel. Sara Raasch’s post is much more interesting and fun to read. And so I’m going to stop rambling so that you can read it.

    Then, if for some reason you haven’t yet heard about this amazing book, be sure to check out its description and add it to your Goodreads shelf. And if you’d like to enter the tour-wide giveaway for some SNOW LIKE ASHES swag, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter form.

    The tour ends in a couple of days, but if you’d like to read a few reviews and interviews and a couple of other guest posts, the schedule with links to all the stops is at the bottom of this post.

    Now, without any further ado, let me turn the blog over to Sara Raasch so she can share those former first lines from SLA.
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    The Guest Post

    The various first lines that the different versions of SNOW LIKE ASHES has had over the years

    Many of you know that I wrote the first draft of SLA when I was twelve-ish. Since then, it has gone through a few major overhauls, leaving me with a plethora of first lines. Let’s explore these lines in yet another self-deprecating adventure, shall we?

    *drum roll*

    “This war reminded Duncan of the fairy tales he used to tell his children, except for one unavoidable difference.”

    This was the first line of the first draft of SLA (then titled GIVING LIGHT).

    Meh. Duncan has since been reduced to a very minor side character (poor former king of Winter, he didn’t do anything wrong), not to mention the world building issues that mentioning “fairy tales” brings up. Do they even have FAIRIES in this world? Um, no. Why would they call their made-up stories fairy tales then? Oh, preteen Sara, you left a nice little mess for me to clean up.

    “Once upon a time, in the desolate world of Primoria, there was a kingdom known to all for its beauty and majesty.”

    The first line of the next draft of SLA was…not much better. Vague, much? Though there is something classy about starting a story with “once upon a time.”

    “I will be a soldier today and no one will stop me.”

    Fast-forward to last year, when I underwent an excruciating attempt to shove a prologue onto the beginning of SLA. This attempt left me with a pile of now-retired prologues, but one rather badass opening line.

    I liked it enough that every prologue started with this line. Which may have been why they all flopped. DON’T RUIN MY ILLUSION.

    “Block!”

    Which brings me to here and now, with the real, final, end-all first line of SNOW LIKE ASHES. And that first line, the line that descended from all these other lines, the line that holds an entire book upon its hinges, is none other than one word. One action, even. Short and sweet, not unlike the MC, Meira.

    Thanks for having me, Rachel!


    About Snow Like Ashes

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    Title: SNOW LIKES ASHES (Snow Like Ashes #1)
    Author: Sara Raasch
    Release date: October 14, 2014
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

    Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

    Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

    So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

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    About Sara Raasch

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    Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, the first in a trilogy, comes out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.

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    The Giveaway

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    This tour comes with an awesome giveaway for…

    • FOUR WINNERS will receive a SNOW LIKE ASHES Swag Pack – two postcards, two bookmarks, SLA buttons, and a bag of instant snow

    Giveaway is US ONLY.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    Oct. 6th – Bookish – Interview

    Oct. 7th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Review

    Oct. 8th – Bewitched Bookworms – Guest Post

    Oct. 9th – Fictitious Delicious – Review

    Oct. 10th – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Interview

    Week Two

    Oct. 13th – Fiction Freak – Review

    Oct. 14th – Dark Faerie Tales – Interview

    Oct. 15th – Fiktshun – Guest Post

    Oct. 16th – Icey Books – Review

    Oct. 17th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

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    My Favorite Quote from… SNOW LIKE ASHES

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    I recently read a book that completely blew me away. I probably shouldn’t have read it so early, since it won’t be releasing until the fall, but I couldn’t help myself. Now I’m stuck anxiously awaiting the sequel, which won’t be out for ages, and I’m craving all things high fantasy.

    If you hadn’t guessed, that book is SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch, the book I’m featuring for today’s “My Favorite Quote from…” – a book I am thinking about re-reading right now.

    By way of introduction (a recap)…

    The point of this feature is to share my favorite quote (or one of the many favorite quotes I have) from a recent read and share why it is a favorite, which will give me the chance to ramble just a bit about a book that I may not get the chance to review. And even if I opt to review a title, I still might create a “My Favorite Quote from…” post because, while most of my reviews do include a favorite quote it’s only just one of many and I don’t typically get to talk about the many reasons why it is a favorite.


    My Favorite Quote

    Someday we will be more than words in the dark. – The Winterians

    I’d originally planned on choosing a favorite quote and posting about it last week. But because I have so many favorites I couldn’t decide. I’d love to be able to list ALL of them in this post. But this feature is about just listing one.

    Why? Why? Why did I do that!?

    Anyway… There was this quote about fear that I absolutely loved. And a passage that shared a sweet, swoon-worthy moment between Meira and Mather. There was this other quote that talked about charm that made me grin. And there was an absolutely amazing passage, with quotes from Meira and Theron, about wanting more.

    But I chose the passage/quote above as my favorite because it spoke the loudest to me, it stuck with me the longest after the story, and it spoke of such an important part of this story beyond the romance. It talks of hope and survival and having a voice for a people who have been all but destroyed.

    It was such a powerful and memorable and heartbreaking statement that I just had to choose it as my most favorite of all.

    What about you?

    Whether you’ve read SNOW LIKE ASHES or it’s on your list TBR soon, what do you think of the quote I called a favorite? Might it have been a quote you would have chosen?

    Or would you have chosen one that’s swoon-worthy, one that teases about the romance? Or perhaps, instead, would you have picked a grin-worthy passage that makes you laugh out loud?

    And if you have read SNOW LIKE ASHES, what is your favorite quote? Is it one from Meira, Theron or Mather? Or from someone else altogether?

    About the Book

    Snow Like AshesTitle: SNOW LIKE ASHES (Snow Like Ashes #1)
    Author: Sara Raasch
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Release date: October 14, 2014
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Description…

    A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

    Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

    Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

    So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

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    My Reading Pile #167

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    This week was a quiet week at the mailbox. I didn’t receive any print books or ARCs in the mail. Though I did grab one eARC on NetGalley so it wasn’t a completely quiet week.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    After last week’s surprise deliveries I am so glad for the lack of books this week. Though I’ve been told a book I can’t wait to read is on its way to me, for a short term loan.

    And while it’s still early on Friday, I doubt I’ll be getting any deliveries. But I did grab a book from NetGalley that I was so sad to be missing out on when it was available for the first hundred readers a few weeks back.

    Courtesy of Feiwel & Friends via NetGalley

    Trial by FireTRIAL BY FIRE (The Worldwalker Trilogy #1) by Josephine Angelini

    I nearly sobbed when the link I clicked in the NetGalley email said the first hundred readers had already grabbed a copy of TRIAL BY FIRE. But when I was stalking the site mid-week I was over-the-moon happy to see it available to request.

    I love Josephine Angelini’s writing and I have been desperately wanting to re-read her Starcrossed trilogy. But for right now I’m totally stoked that I have this new book, with its awesome cover and intriguing description, to read.

    And there’s no way I’m going to wait until the end of summer to read it. This one’s going on the pile this week.

    Right after I finish a book I may have snuck onto the pile just a little bit early.

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    {May 25, 2014 – May 31, 2014}


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    First up on the pile is SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch. I grabbed an eARC from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss awhile back and I’ve been dying to get it on the pile ever since. And while it doesn’t release until mid-October, and I should really wait just a little while, I just can’t.

    In fact, I started reading it late Thursday night and may be finished with it before this post publishes on Saturday. It’s just that awesome. I’ve only read about 15 percent so far, but it didn’t even take one percent for me to become hooked. I think it only took a sentence or two.

    I keep forgetting how much I love high fantasy until I start reading. And it didn’t take me long to fall in love with this book. I already love the world and can’t wait to see what happens with Meira and Mather. A little bird – a certain “chick” actually – might have mentioned there would be someone else I’ll adore and I can’t wait to meet him too.

    But as I’m already so invested in this story, there’s no way I won’t be finishing it this weekend. And if I’m smart I won’t wait to write my review, even if I won’t post it for awhile.

    The Description…

    A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

    Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

    Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

    So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.


    Trial by Fire

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    Next up on the pile is TRIAL BY FIRE by Josephine Angelini. As I’d mentioned above, I received an eARC courtesy of Feiwel & Friends via NetGalley and I can’t wait to start reading it.

    If I hadn’t already been anxiously awaiting this book because I love the author’s writing and I love the book’s cover and title, the first three sentences of the description would have totally won me over.

    I can’t wait to meet Lily Proctor and discover this alternate universe which the description describes as “terrifyingly sensual.” I can’t wait to find out why her weakness in her own world is a strength in this new one. I can’t wait to learn more about New Salem and the women called Crucibles.

    I’m just super excited that I won’t have to wait much longer to find out.

    The Description…

    Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

    This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted…which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily’s life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

    Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem – one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily’s identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

    Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn’t understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

    But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?


    Wishful Thinking Reads

    I am not choosing a wishful thinking read this week. Because I plan on reading last week’s wishful thinking read – CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare – when it releases on Tuesday. I didn’t add it to the pile as I know how I am about series-ending books. But there’s no way I’m going to wait to read it, as spoilers always seem to abound when it comes to this series.


    Those Left Behind

    I read THE STEPSISTER’S TALE but I just couldn’t say goodbye to Finley et al in THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART. Maybe this week… or next week. And I went completely off-pile to read NOW AND FOREVER by Susane Colasanti, which I absolutely adored. It was a super quick read, and somewhat bittersweet, but I kind of knew that going in.

    And while I haven’t yet written reviews for either book, I actually managed to write and post two other reviews for ALL LINED UP and DON’T CALL ME BABY. Now, if I can only write those reviews for TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD and THE LOVELY AND THE LOST.

    I still need to finish THE ART OF FLOATING, but I couldn’t resist going off-pile to start reading SNOW LIKE ASHES. As it is a holiday weekend, I’m hoping to get a bit more time to read and get all caught up. But I think I’ll plan on keeping the long weekend review writing free.

    I’ll have plenty of time to write those reviews, and my review for TAKE ME ON, later in the week… I hope.


    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    I checked out NetGalley a couple of times this week. I was hoping to find a book on there that I’d love to read pre-release. I haven’t seen it yet, but I did find TRIAL BY FIRE which made me so unbelievably happy. And I saw another book that I’d love to request, THE BODIES WE WEAR, but probably won’t get approved for, so I’m debating. In the meantime….

    Here are this week’s finds…

    TRIAL BY FIRE by Josephine Angelini (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Sep 2 2014)

    UNMADE (The Lyburn Legacy #3) by Sarah Rees Brennan (Random House Children’s, Sep 23 2014)

    THE BODIES WE WEAR by Jeyn Roberts (Random House Children’s, Sep 23 2014)

    BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE by Miranda Kenneally (Sourcebooks Fire, Jul 15 2014)

    ON A CLEAR DAY by Walter Dean Myers (Random House Children’s, Sep 23 2014)

    THE CAMELOT CODE by Mari Mancusi (NLA Digital LLC, Apr 9 2014)

    WINTERKILL by Kate A. Boorman (Abrams, Sep 9 2014) **US/Canada reviewers preferred**

    THE CALLER by Juliet Marillier (Random House Children’s, Sep 9 2014)

    PAPER AIRPLANES by Dawn O’Porter (Abrams, Sep 9 2014)

    THE WALK ON (The Triple Threat #1) by John Feinstein (Random House Children’s, Sep 9 2014)

    SUMMER’S SHADOW by Anna Wilson (Pan Macmillan, Jul 3 2014) **UK reviewers preferred**

    GLIMPSE by Kendra Leighton (Little, Brown Book Group UK, Jun 19 2014) **UK reviewers preferred**

    PERFECTED by Kate Jarvik Birch (Entangled Publishing LLC, Jul 1 2014)


    I didn’t feel at all productive this week and yet I did manage to read a couple of books and write a couple of reviews and go back to work for a couple of days before this holiday weekend here in the U.S. So I wasn’t unproductive. I just felt that way.

    My reading interests keep varying so I never know whether what piques my curiosity one day will continue to hold my interest the next. So I keep trying to finish books in one day, if not in one sitting. Sadly it’s not always possible, so I have a number of books that are still reads-in-progress.

    While I’m sad that my mini vacay is over, I’m kind of glad to be getting back to work. Too much free time is a dangerous thing. Especially as I don’t have the kind of money I’d need to really enjoy the time off.

    Anyway…

    I really hope to be able to read this week’s books on the pile, write a couple reviews, and finish one or two of those in progress reads. But I’m not going to get too ambitious as I have a day of sailing on Saturday and I am so excited about the new X-Men film that I will be going to see no matter what this weekend.

    Still… there is an extra day. So I hope to get a little something extra accomplished. We shall definitely see.

    But before I sign off, I want to wish you a very happy reading week ahead and I hope that you’ll have received all the books you dreamed of getting and that your TBR pile is not too scary to tackle.

    As ever… Happy reading!

    DotsDiv2

    Do you create a reading pile?

    If so, what’s in your reading pile this week?

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