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
The Skylighter (The Keepers’ Chronicles #2)
By Becky Wallace
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
“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
The Great Hunt
By Wendy Higgins
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
““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?
Each new year brings new challenges and this time we are talking about reading challenges!
Today I started my final term of grad school and will be graduating at the end of March. This means I need to be able to juggle my classes, job searches, and blogging. What it REALLY means is I don’t have time to sign up for every single awesome reading challenge out there (and there are a lot of them). After blog hopping and browsing my Twitter feed, I finally narrowed down my final list of challenges for the year.
The Backlist Books Reading Challenge is hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews
*I chose this challenge because I recently did an inventory of my books and there are over 600 in my room alone. Unfortunately, I have read less than half of them. Continue reading