Between the Blade and the Heart: Mini-Review and Giveaway!

Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope you’ve all enjoyed the first week of the new year! If you stay tuned to the end of this post, you’ll get the chance to make Week 2 even better by winning a free book!

Between the Blade and the heart

When the fate of the world is at stake
Loyalties will be tested

Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner in this commanding new YA fantasy inspired by Norse Mythology from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.

As one of Odin’s Valkyries, Malin’s greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk—to the world and her heart.


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An Incredible Sequel to a Stunning Fantasy Story

Girl in the Tower
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Title: The Girl in the Tower
Author: Katherine Arden
Type: YA Fantasy
Length: 363 pages
Published by: Del Ray
Pub date: Dec 5, 2017
Format: e-arc
Source: I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: ★★★★★

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The short version: While I enjoyed the first book a bit more, I am still 100% in love with Arden’s writing, and I can’t wait to read the last book in the trilogy!

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A Stunning Story I’d Recommend to any Fantasy Fan!

The Bear and the Nightingale
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Title: The Bear and the Nightingale
Author: Katherine Arden
Type: YA Fantasy
Length: 368 pages
Published by: Del Ray
Pub date: Jan 10, 2017
Format: Paperback
Source: Fun story: I thought I had this one on my Kindle, so I requested it’s sequel from Netgalley. When my request was accepted, I thought, “Great, better start reading, then.” ONLY I DIDN’T ACTUALLY HAVE IT ON MY KINDLE! So, I kind of panic-bought a copy from Barnes and Noble, even thought the sequel doesn’t come out till December.

My Rating: ★★★★★

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The short version: This story is original, lyrical, and darkly enchanting. I devoured this book in one sitting!Read More »

Gorgeous Prose for a Gorgeous Cover

Let me just take a moment to finish squealing over how beautiful that cover is!!!

Wicked
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Title: Wicked Like a Wildfire
Author: Lana Popovic
Type: YA Fantasy; Magical Realism-ish
Length: 400 pages
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Pub date: Aug 15th, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Source: I received this book (along with an amazing matching candle) from my August Fairyloot box!

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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The short version: While I enjoyed this book, it had a reaaaally slow start, and I can understand why it may not be for everybody.Read More »

A Great Retelling With Just Enough Romance

 

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Title: Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Type: YA Fantasy; Fairytale Retelling
Length: 384 pages
Published by: Flatiron Books
Pub date: Sept 5th, 2017
Format: e-book
Source: A digital copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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The short version: This is the Snow White retelling I never knew I wanted! Full of great characters, unique magics, and just a touch of romance, this was a truly great read!Read More »

Under-Developed Characters Left me Wanting More

 

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Title: Mask of Shadows
Author: Linsey Miller
Type: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 352
Published By: Sourcebooks
Pub Date: August 29, 2017
Format: e-book
Source: A digital copy of this book was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: ★★⭑☆☆ (I was torn between 2 and 3 stars…)

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The short version: As much as I wanted to love this book, it fell a short of my expectations. But I still plan on finishing the duology.Read More »

ACOWAR Review

 

ACOWAR
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Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Type: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 705
Published By: Bloomsbury
Pub Date: May 2nd, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Source: I purchased a copy of this book from Amazon

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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The short version: I had a few issues with this book, but overall, I thought it was another great addition to this series!Read More »