Blog Tour- Renegades by Marissa Meyer Villains I Want Redeemed

Renegades-Blog-Tour-BannerAre you a renegade or an anarchist?

You can find out your super power in the Renegades world by taking this quiz. Be sure to let me know your results in the comments!

When asked the question of whether I leaned more renegade or anarchist I knew immediately that I was renegade. I love reading about villains but when it comes down to it I will always cheer for the side of good. I think the reason I love reading about villains and their histories is because I’m always looking for that sliver of good within them. I want them to be redeemed. I thought I’d list for you my top list of villains that I still hold out hope for one day they’ll come around  just imagine what they could do with their powers if working for the side of good!

Some spoilers below- mild but if you’ve not read the Shadow and Bone trilogy you might skip this next portion….

 

  1. Always The Darkling (from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo). He is my favorite villain and I am always pondering his childhood and how he might still be redeemable. I love him so much and I need to read a novella all about his past (in great detail).
  2. Catwomen- is she really a villain? I think she has so much good in her that’s just waiting to show
  3. Dracula- have you seen the old movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula? It paints Vlad as a saddened, love sick guy that just wants to find his beloved. How bad could he really be?
  4. Jareth from Labyrinth- Ok, he is so not THAT bad. He could have been way worse and just because he lives with goblins it doesn’t mean anything. I think he has a real drive to live in the light.
  5. Hannibal Lector from Silence of the Lambs- you know he loved Clarice in some way- he totally helps her out in finding the bad guy

Who are you favorite villains that you want to see come to the good side?

About the Book

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By Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Summary:
From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies humans with extraordinary abilities who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Blog Tour- Review of A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess

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By: Jessica Cluess
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Publisher: Random House

There are spoilers for A Shadow Bright and Burning in this review.

Summary:
The magicians want her to lead. The sorcerers want her to lie. The demons want her blood. Henrietta wants to save the one she loves. But will his dark magic be her undoing?

Henrietta doesn’t need a prophecy to know that she’s in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the bloodthirsty Ancients. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.

Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? The poison in Rook’s system is transforming him into something monstrous as he begins to master dark powers of his own.

So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients’ past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out strange new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, meet powerful new allies, and uncover the most devastating weapon of all: the truth

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed the first book in this series but this one was even better! It had more action, a thickening plot and I really loved most of the character interactions. I feel that Henrietta is really coming into her own more and more and her interactions with Blackwood are some of my very favorite scenes.

The ability Cluess has to write her actions scenes is really remarkable. I was completely enthralled and they are all so easy to visualize as you read. These books really need to be a movie or TV series. The descriptions I see saying this is a mix between Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter actually fit to me- how often does that actually happen?

There is only one tiny complaint I had with this book and that’s Henrietta’s relationship with her childhood friend, Rook. For some reason I just can’t feel the chemistry between these two and I just don’t see any spark. I think it’s because I’m so heavily shipping her with another character. Rook just seems like a hollow character and I feel that as the series progresses his personality declines- perhaps that is the point? I really did love him at the start of the first book but more and more I don’t care about his outcome.

I really felt that the writing was even stronger in this sequel than the first and there are some really dark moments that I just loved. Things felt really tense and I didn’t know what to expect exactly. I am looking forward to seeing how everything plays out in the third book.

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Mistress of Evil by Serena Valentino Giveaway

Can you believe Halloween is right around the corner? Do you do anything special? My family coordinates our costumes as a theme each year. This year we are doing a vampire theme. My son is going to be a vampire, my hubby will be a vampire hunter and I’m still undecided! What should I be?

One year we are going to have to do our favorite villains. Some of the best villains are from classic fairy tales especially the Disney versions. If you are a fan of Disney or villains you’ve got to check out the Villains series by Serena Valentino. The latest, Mistress of Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy, came out yesterday! Thanks to Disney-Hyperion for sending me a set of VILLAINS books, and for providing a prize pack!

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About the Book

The Disney Villains series by Serena Valentino explores how the antagonists in Disney movies became some of storytelling’s most iconic villains. In the first four Villains books, we see how the Evil Queen, the Beast, Ursula, and Maleficent fall into darkness, through the instigation of the mysterious Odd Sisters: Lucinda, Martha, and Ruby.

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Mistress of Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy
By: Serena Valentino
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher:

Summary:
The tale is told as if it’s happening once upon a dream: the lovely maiden meets her handsome prince in the woods. The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the maiden finds out that she is a princess-a princess who has been cursed by a dark fairy to prick her finger on a spindle and fall into an eternal sleep. Though her three good fairies try to protect her, the princess succumbs to the curse. But the power of good endures, as her true love defeats the fire-breathing dragon and awakens the princess with true love’s first kiss. The two live happily ever after.

And yet this is only half the story. So what of the dark fairy, Maleficent? Why does she curse the innocent princess? What led to her becoming so filled with malice, anger, and hatred? Many tales have tried to explain her motives. Here is one account, pulled down from the many passed down through the ages. It is a tale of love and betrayal, of magic and reveries. It is a tale of the Mistress of All Evil.

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About the Author

SerenaValentino_AuthorPhotoSerena Valentino has been weaving tales that combine mythos and guile for the past decade. She has earned critical acclaim in both the comic and horror domains, where she is known for her unique style of storytelling, bringing her readers into exquisitely frightening worlds filled with terror, beauty, and extraordinary protagonists. The books in her best-selling Villains series are best enjoyed when read in the following order: Fairest of All, The Beast Within, Poor Unfortunate Soul, and Mistress of All Evil.

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THE VILLAINS SERIES: Get a little wicked this Halloween!

One (1) winner receives:

  • the complete set of Villains books
  • and a branded mug that changes colors when filled with hot water!

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Blog Tour- Midnight Tales

I’ve always loved myths, tales, and folklores. I think that’s why I’ve always been drawn to reading fantasy novels. I love when an author creates a world so vivid and real that it has it’s own tales and myths associated with it. Immediately, when I think of this aspect in fantasy, I think of Leigh Bardugo. Her Grishaverse has become so real to me-it is so detailed and expertly crafted- it’s hard for me to believe that it’s not real!

I am so, so excited for the release of The Language of Thorns (which releases TODAY) because it goes into the myths of the land. I love the idea of reading the folklores that the characters I’ve come to love might have heard about their own history and lands history. I love to think of The Darkling as a child, or a young teen, growing up, absorbing the world around him. What stories might Nina have heard as a child? Plus, even people new to the series (ok, really if you’ve not read these books get on it now) can pick these stories up.

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I’m less of a writer myself and tend to express myself in photography. I love staging pictures (especially pictures of books) so I created an image of some of my Grisha book collection. I hope you’ll enjoy it and I’d love for you to let me know in the comments what types of stories or myths are your favorites? Do you love for your fantasy books to have a rich and detailed world?

34076952The Language of Thorns
By: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Macmillan/Imprint

Summary:
Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange-to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

 

 

 

Blog Tour- Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

janeunlimitedbanner Who else is excited about a new Kristin Cashore novel!? And just look at that shiny cover! I can’t wait to see what the hardcovers will look like. Tell me, have you read a Cashore book before? Are you excited to read her writing in a different genre?

About the Book

32991569Jane, Unlimited By: Kristin Cashore Release Date: September 19, 2017 Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia- an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions. Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash-a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family’s island mansion called Tu Reviens. Jane remembers her aunt telling her: “If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.” With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn’t know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.FullSizeRender

Schedule

Week One:
September 11  Alexa Loves Books Bookish Style Files
September 11  The Bookiemoji  Review
September 12 Tales of the Ravenous Reader Playlist
September 12 Wandering Bark Books Review
September 13 Sarcasm & Lemons Umbrellas Jane Would Make for YA Characters
September 13 Arctic Books Review
September 14 Book Nerd Addicts Review
September 14 In Wonderland
September 15 YA Book Central Excerpt
September 15 My Friends are Fiction  Promo
Week Two:
September 18 YA Bibliophile Review
September 18 Across the Words Umbrellas, A History
September 19 The Eater of Books! Mood Board
September 19 NovelKnight
September 20 Great Imaginations Review
September 20 The Wednesday Blog for Books Review
September 21 Icey Books Jane, Unlimited Quote Candy
September 21 A Page With a View Favorite Quotes
September 22 A Thousand Books to Read Review
September 22  BookCrushin Review
Week Three:
September 25 The Young Folks 10 Reasons to Read Jane, Unlimited
September 26 Live Love Read A Mood Board for Every Story
September 26 No BS Book Reviews Review
September 27 Andis ABCs
September 27 The Novel Hermit
September 28 Paper Trail YA Review
September 28 Swoony Boys Podcast Jane, Unlimited Fan Cast
September 29 I Am A Reader
September 29 Fiction Fare Review
Week Four:
October 2 Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile Characters & Tea
October 3 MuggleNet Review
October 3 Xpresso Reads Top 10 Awesome Umbrellas
October 4 The Book Wars Review
October 4 Once Upon a Twilight Guess the Story in GIFs
October 5 Mundie Moms Review
October 5 YA Romantics Review & Quiz
October 6 Bookworm Everlasting Book Photography
October 6 Heres to Happy Endings Bookish Style Board