A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

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Synopsis:

“Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.”

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Music-a-Thon Announcement!!!

Hey everyone! Today I am here to announce something very exciting! A read-a-thon!!

So I was so happy to be chosen as a co-host for the Music-A-Thon, a read-a-thon combing 2 of my biggest passions: books and music.

So here is everything that you are going to need to know (plus a giveaway) going into the read-a-thon if you are interested in participating!

Dates of the read-a-thon: May 21st – 27th
Time: Starts at 12am on May 21st and ends at 11:59pm on May 27th.

Hashtag: #musicathon

Hosts:
@missmadyreads
YouTube: https://bit.ly/2vR3Sg7
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/missmadyreads
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/missmadyreads

@evilqueenbooks
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL1mM-HhoViEGM2OgnnKItA?view_as=subscriber
Twitter: https://twitter.com/evilqueenbooks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/evilqueenbo…

@bookaholicbanter
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLcT…
Twitter: https://twitter.com/banterbooks

Music-a-Thon Social Media:
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/musicathon
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/musicathon

Reading Challenges:

1. Read a book that has to do with music.
2. Read a book with a musical instrument on the cover.
3. Read a book that has a song title or lyrics in the title.
4. Reread a book that reminds you of a song.
5. Read a book by an author who has the same first and/or last name of your favorite artist. (It counts if the author’s name is spelled differently from the artist. For example, Sarah J Maas can work for Sara Bareilles)
6. Read a book that has a music term in the title. (ex: “song”, “music”, “guitar”, “note”)
BONUS CHALLENGE: Read a book while listening to music.

YA Music Books: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2…

Authors who share the same names as artists: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S…

Song lyrics/titles in the title: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1z…

How to enter the giveaway:
1. Subscribe to the hosts: @missmadyreads https://bit.ly/2vR3Sg7
@evilqueenbooks https://bit.ly/2JwzEkq
@bookaholicbanter https://bit.ly/2HDvRkz
2. Send a video of you performing a cover or original song. Singing to an instrument or karaoke track is acceptable. If you would rather not sing, instrument performances such as guitar, piano, ukulele, violin, etc are accepted.
3. Upload your performances to YouTube and leave a link to it in the comments section of this video: (link to come when my announcement video is uploaded). If you don’t have a channel or don’t want to upload it, send it to me at bookkittyxo@gmail.com
4. The person with the best performance will win. The winner will get the choice to receive “This Savage Song” by Victoria Schwab or “P.S I Like You” by Kasie West which will be sent through Amazon.
5. If you are under 18 years of age, please get your parent’s permission to enter because I will need your address.
6. This giveaway is U.S only.
7. The giveaway ends on May 26th, 2018.

I’ll be posting my TBR for this read-a-thon in the week before the start of the read-a-thon! I will also be posting a new post and video on both the blog and my YouTube channel during the week of the read-a-thon (music themed of course!)

I hope you guys will be able to join me and the other hosts during that week at the end of May! If you are able to participate, let me know in the comments!!

 

May 2018 TBR!

Hey everyone! I am here today to tell you about all of the books that I plan on reading in the month of May!

So May is going to be an interesting month. I finish school on Monday, May 7th, for the spring semester so I’ll have a a lot more free time after that but I still have work going on so, depending on how many hours I will be work, that will take the majority of the time.

I’m also co-hosting a read-a-thon later on in the month so be on the lookout for a seperate TBR for that!

With all that being said, here are the books I plan on (hopefully) reading:

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (reread) (already finished!)
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (reread) (currently reading!)
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (reread)
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
  • Champion’s Rising by S.F. Claymore (sent to me for review by the author)
  • The Eye of Nefertiti by Maria Luisa Lang (sent to me for review by the author)
  • The Dark Artifices Book 1: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  • Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian (my book club book of the month)

I have full review for the first 3 ACOTAR books already up on the blog but as always, I will have full reviews for the rest here on the blog, as well as on my YouTube channel, as soon as I finish them.

What are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Synopsis:

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.”

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April 2018 Wrap Up!

Hey everyone! Today I am here to do my April Wrap Up!

So the month of April went pretty similarly to how March went. I was busy with school and work so I didn’t have as much time to read as I wanted to.

With that being said, here are the seven books I managed to read in April:

  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Keri Maniscalco: 4.5/5
  • Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman (listened to on audio): 3/5
  • Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne (sent to me as an ARC from the publisher): 4/5
  • Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi: 2/5
  • The Secret Mother by Shalini Bolland: 4/5
  • Carrie by Stephen King (listened to on audio for my book club’s book of the month): 4/5
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: 4/5

I have full reviews for all of these books, except for The Hate U Give which will be coming soon, up here on the blog. I also have a full review for Brightly Burning on my YouTube channel!

What did you read in April? Let me know in the comments!

The Secret Mother by Shalini Bolland

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Synopsis:

‘Are you my mummy?’
Tessa Markham returns home to find a child in her kitchen. He thinks she’s his mother. But Tessa doesn’t have any children.

Not anymore.

She doesn’t know who the little boy is or how he got there.

After contacting the police, Tessa is suspected of taking the mystery child. Her whole life is turned upside down. And then her husband reveals a secret of his own…

Tessa isn’t sure what to believe or who to trust. Because someone is lying. To find out who, she must confront her painful past. But is the truth more dangerous than Tessa realises?

An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller with a twist that will make you wonder if you can ever trust anyone again.”

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Reflecting on 2 Years of Book Blogging

Has it really been 2 years since I started this incredible journey? I seriously can’t believe it!

You guys. Thank you so much for all of the support for this past 2 years. It means the world to me.

Like I said last year, I never pictured this blog to be anything special when I started it 2 years ago. I was bored and taking a semester off of college to focusing on personal things and bettering my mental health. I started this blog to keep my mind off of the intense state of depression that I was going through at the time but also to share my thoughts on the books that I love with you guys.

It has become something more than I had ever thought it would be.

Starting off with my followers here on the blog. You guys are the ones that keep me going. Without you, Evil Queen Books wouldn’t be what it is today. Whether you discovered this blog through your own research or through my YouTube channel, I just needed to start this off by saying a HUGE thank you to you guys.

To the publishers and authors who have contacted me over these past 2 years about reviews for upcoming releases, again I can’t thank you enough. Even if I haven’t gotten to the book that you sent me since I was first contacted (wish I PROMISE I will be resolving in this next year) I do truly appreciate you reaching out.

And finally to the companies that have started to reach out. I have had some amazing opportunities to be able to have some sponsored posts here on the blog, especially within the past year. Thank you again.

I can’t even put into words how I have felt about this blog within the past year since I celebrated our 1 year anniversary. So much has changed but in a good way. As my time continues to grow here on the blog, I hope anybody who reads any content that I put out here will continue to enjoy it as well.

Once again guys, thank you for everything you guys have done. I have great plans for the blog in the near future. There will be more than just reviews coming out. I have plans for writing updates, tips for people wanting to become book bloggers, and much much more!

Thank you guys again and I can’t wait to see where this next year takes us!

God Bless!

-Jackie

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

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Synopsis:

“FOR PENNY LEE high school was a total movement. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she’d somehow landed a boyfriend, they never managed to know much about each other. Now Penny is heading to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer. It’s seventy nine miles and a zillion light-years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

SAM”S STUCK. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a cafe and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration when he’s a famous movie director, but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

WHEN SAM AND PENNY cross paths, its less meet-cute and more collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch–via text–and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams  without the humiliating weirdness of having to, you know, see each other.”

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Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne (ARC Review)

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Synopsis:

“CAN LOVE FLOURISH WHEN SURROUNDED BY

DECEPTION AND INTRIGUE?

A LUSH AND ENTHRALLING REIMAGINING OF

THE CLASSIC JANE EYRE SET AMONG THE STARS.

Stella Ainsley leaves poverty behind she quits her engineering job aboard the Stalwart to become a governess on a private ship. On the Rochester, there’s no water ration, more books than one person could devour in a lifetime, and an AI who seems more friend than robot.

But no one warned Stella that the ship seems to be haunted, nor that it may be involved in a conspiracy that could topple the entire interstellar fleet. Surrounded by mysteries, Stella forges a warm connection with the brooding but kind nineteen-year-old Captain Hugo. But as they grow closer, his unpredictable behavior causes suspicions to mount. Without knowing who to trust, Stella must decide whether to follow her head or her heart.

Alexa Donne’s breathtaking debut will seduce and beguile you, a story perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer and Amie Kaufman.

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