The Book Formerly Known As The Tsar’s Game

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

*I was given access to an eARC from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

This book is currently available in hardcover, electronic, and Audible formats

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The Skylighter (The Keepers’ Chronicles #2)

The Skylighter (The Keepers’ Chronicles #2)
By Becky Wallace

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eARC -I received access to this book from McElderry Books on Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
This title was released March 22, 2016 in Hardcover and Kindle formats

Goodreads synopsis:

“Johanna and Rafi are in a race against time to save their country before a power-mad Keeper destroys everything they hold dear in the “enthralling magical world” (Cinda Williams Chima, author of The Heir Chronicles) introduced in The Storyspinner.

As the last of the royal line, Johanna is the only person who can heal a magical breach in the wall that separates her kingdom of Santarem from the land of the Keepers, legendary men and women who wield elemental magic. The barrier protects Santarem from those Keepers who might try to take power over mere humans…Keepers who are determined to stop Johanna and seize the wall’s power for themselves. Continue reading

Wink Poppy Midnight

Wink Poppy Midnight

By April Genevieve Tucholke

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eARC/paperback ARC-I received this book from Edelweiss, as well as part of a giveaway hosted by Colleen Houck. All opinions are my own.

This title will be available March 22, 2016 in Hardcover, Kindle, and Audible formats

Goodreads synopsis:

“Every story needs a hero.

Every story needs a villain.

Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?

Someone knows.

Someone is lying.” Continue reading

The Great Hunt (The Eurona Duology #1)

The Great Hunt

By Wendy Higgins

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eARC -I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

This title was published March 8, 2016 and is available in Hardcover, Kindle, and Audible formats

Goodreads synopsis:
““Aerity…” Her father paused as if the words he was forming pained him. “I must ask you to sacrifice the promise of love for the sake of our kingdom.”

She could only stare back, frozen.

When a strange beast terrorizes the kingdom of Lochlanach, fear stirs revolt. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity knows her duty to the kingdom but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger…until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. There’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not the marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast—but the princess continues to surprise him, and the perilous secrets he’s buried begin to surface.

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdom.”

I have read Wendy’s Sweet Evil series and was happy to devour some more of her words. As a fan of Disney’s Brave with an Outlander obsession, this book immediately caught my attention. A strong princess of the Highlands with archery skills and a love of acrobatics is exactly the kind of character I would dream of being.

When a horrendous beast starts killing off the inhabitants of the kingdom of Lochlanach, the king declares a hunt to bring down the beast and return the kingdom to safety. As you can imagine, people require an incentive for risking their lives. In exchange for killing the beast, the king offers the hand of his eldest daughter, Princess Aerity. Hunters come from near and far for the princess and to search for the monster of course. However, it is one of the local hunters that catches Princess Aerity’s attention, whether he wants it or not. The handsome and brooding lad keeps the strong willed princess on her toes.

In a land where magic is forbidden, strange things start happening and it isn’t long before everyone starts to realize that the beast lurking in the night may not be the only enemy. This tale of magic, secrets, and far away places definitely stirred my appetite for fantasy and I can’t wait to read the sequel!

Are you a fan of Brave? Have you read any of Wendy’s other books?

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

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Fleming, C. (2014). The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia. New York, NY: Schwartz & Wade.

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Hardcover-$18.99 (Barnes & Noble)

This title is also available in Kindle, Audible, and CD formats

Awards: Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, Robert F. Siebert Honor Book, YALSA-ALA Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction Finalist

 

Honestly, I prefer to read non-fiction. I like knowing what is going on in the world. Eventually I’d like to be a chaplain in the military so I read a lot of books about religion and history. -Chris L., age 18

A true story of the Romanov family and the struggles of Imperial Russia.

Tsar Nicholas Romanov was the leader of Imperial Russia during the 1900s. Nicholas spent most of his time cloistered away with his family (a wife, four daughters, and a son), completely ignoring the needs and suffering of his people. While the author discusses the turmoil of society leading to a revolution, we are drawn to the eccentricity of this family. The Tsar’s young son battled hemophilia with the aid of the notably evil and mysterious monk, Rasputin, who also provided counsel to the Tsarina. The lack of an adequate leader pushed the country toward civil unrest and the Romanov family met their untimely demise.

If you enjoy history and conspiracies, or just loved the movie Anastasia, this book is for you. Fleming’s book is an award-winning account of the Romanov family and it provides a great way to build on the information learned about the Romanovs in World History classes. It has a lot of mystery and intrigue, and while still being factual, it does not read like a textbook. It artfully illustrates the decline of the family, as well as the hardships faced by society. School Library Journal lists the book as being for grades 9 and up, but I feel that it would be easy enough for a mature 7th grader to read it if it was a subject that he or she were interested in.

Watch this National Geographic documentary to find out more about the Romanov family