My WARCROSS Team + Giveaway

Are you excited about Marie Lu’s upcoming book, Warcross? I have read an early version of the book and let me tell you- it is AWESOME. I can’t wait for it to release because I just know the hardcover will look amazing! Today I’m sharing who I’d want on my Warcross team..but first about the book.

By: Marie Lu
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Adults

Check out this AMAZING site for WARCROSS

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu-when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game-it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships-only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.


A Warcross team is made up of five members- Team Captain, Architect, Thief, Shield and Fighter. If I were playing Warcross this is who I’d want on my team.

Team Captain-

Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows– he is a total bad-*** and I just know he’d be able to create a plan for our team that would have us in the lead. He has pulled off so many heists Warcross would be a breeze.


Sherlock Holmes- His Mind Palace would come in handy wouldn’t it?


Inej Ghafa from Six of Crows– Inej is incredible at plotting and seeing from all angles ….plus, she’s a ninja.


Malyen Orestev from Shadow and Bone– ok, he’s a tracker but I think he’d be an incredible shield for my team.


Diana from Wonder Woman: Warbringer– um, enough said.

Oh wait! I didn’t put myself on the team, lolol. I honestly have NO clue what role I’d be any good at. I’ll go and take pics -how does that sound? Who would you want on your Warcross team??

Pre-order Campaign


Be sure to check out the WARCROSS pre-order info here


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Enter for a chance to be one (1) of five (5) grand prize winners of a WARCROSS Galley set (including galley, shirt, keychain, and postcard) or to be one (1) of ten (10) second place prize winners of a WARCROSS Galley (ARV: $0.00 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on July 31th, 2017 and 12:00 AM on August 28, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about August 5, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Blog Tour- Promo Post for Well That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail


I admit I’ve not yet read Well That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail but just look at that cute cover. And the title! I’m very eager to read this one and find out what exactly is so very awkward.

wellthatwasawkwardWell That Was Awkward
By: Rachel Vail
Release Date: February 28th 2017
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers


Gracie has never felt like this before. One day, she suddenly can’t breathe, can’t walk, can’t anything and the reason is standing right there in front of her, all tall and weirdly good-looking: A.J.
It turns out A.J. likes not Gracie but Gracie’s beautiful best friend, Sienna. Obviously Gracie is happy for Sienna. Super happy! She helps Sienna compose the best texts, responding to A.J. s surprisingly funny and appealing texts, just as if she were Sienna. Because Gracie is fine. Always! She’s had lots of practice being the sidekick, second-best.
It s all good. Well, almost all. She’s trying.

About the Author

RachelVailRachel Vail is the award-winning author of more than 30 books for young people. As a theater lover, Rachel sees and reads as many plays as she can. Well, That Was Awkward was in part inspired by her love of the play Cyrano – another tale of secrets, wit, self-confidence, self-loathing, friendship, identity-hiding, and romance that blossoms between all the wrong people. Or does it?

Rachel lives in New York City with her husband, their two sons, and (like Gracie) a tortoise named Lightning.

You can visit her online at or on Twitter: @rachelvailbooks

Tour Schedule

Week One
2/27 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Bookish Recipe
2/28 – YA Book Central – Excerpt
3/1 – Margie’s Must Reads – Author Guest Post
3/2 – Crafty Moms Share – Review
3/3 – Once Upon a Twilight – Guest Post
Week Two
3/6 – The Reading Nook Reviews – Author Guest Post
3/7 – ButterMyBooks – Quote Graphics
3/8 – Stories & Sweeties – Spotlight
3/9 – Brittany’s Book Rambles – Author Guest Post
3/10 – My Friends Are Fiction – Spotlight


A Torch Against the Night Excerpts and Giveaway


Last year I was swept away by An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I found it to be such a strong, vivid and often disturbing fantasy tale that was dark yet had that glimmer of hope that kept me reading. I can’t wait to dive into the follow-up A Torch Against the Night. I do think I’ll do a bit of a reread of the first book since there was so many details and I don’t’ want to miss anything in this sequel.

If you’re a fan like me then I have a treat for you- two excerpts from A Torch Against the Night and a giveaway hosted by the lovely people at Penguin.

Have you read An Ember in the Ashes? If so I want you to leave me your review link or let me know what you thought in the comments. If not, I highly recommend it! You can check out my review here and look for me to give you my updated thoughts after I do a reread.

About A Torch Against the Night


A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

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Chapter 1 reveal
Chapter 2 reveal


This is an US only giveaway of 10 ARCs of A Torch Against the Night

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Review of The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

23308084The Rose and the Dagger
By: Renee Ahdieh
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young
Format: Print ARC
Source: Lit Agency

My Rating:

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

My Thoughts:
Renee Ahdieh has a way with words- I swear 90% of this book was quotable. I found myself rereading line after line because of how beautifully eloquent they were. Immediately upon receiving this book I threw all other things to the side and devoured half of it. I sort of freaked knowing this was the end of the series so I halted and went to other books that were releasing sooner and came back to this one. I didn’t want it to finish and leave me wanting these characters and world.

The Wrath and the Dawn was a masterpiece and I was afraid that this sequel and ending couldn’t match the emotion, passion and beauty of the first book. Rest assured, Ahdieh does not disappoint. This book touched on so much- magic, love, betrayal, redemption, a flying carpet, and so much more. Just wow. I’m so impressed with the expanse of this story and how the characters and storylines all meld together to weave such a stunning story. Once again the reader becomes swept away in the vivid descriptions and emotions of the characters.

I did not reread TWatD prior to jumping into this one and I’d actually recommend that you do (if you have the time). It was fairly easy for me to get immersed again and recall the characters but I will say that the emotional connection I had upon finishing the first book had sizzled some and I didn’t have that heart wrenching feeling between Khalid and Shahrzad like I wanted. I’m sure this was not the fault of the book but rather, because I have read so much in between the first book and this one.

The first book focused on Shahzrad’s story telling, and the build up of her and the Caliph’s burgeoning emotions toward one another. In this book we focus more on the world outside. There are many elements shifting outside of Khorasan and the wheels are set in motion for a war. I loved seeing the way Ahdieh tied in the secondary cast into the story and gave them such pivotal roles in the outcome. I was vastly impressed with how different the tone of this follow-up was and yet the characters remained true to themselves.

Because the story takes place in a larger setting and there are more forces being moved around I felt that the pacing was perhaps a tad faster overall. Had I let myself I could have easily devoured the book in a sitting or two. I tried to stretch my reading out as long as possible. There were more action scenes but they, like every other aspect of the novel, were written elegantly.

Bah. It is so hard to write a review for a book like this. I’m really at a loss for words because it was, in essence, just really amazing and you should stop reading my words and start reading Renee’s.

Final Thoughts:
Did you read The Wrath and the Dawn? Well, if the answer is yes then you will need to read The Rose and the Dagger and bask in how well these books tie together and expand the world. Did you answer no? You should purchase or borrow it immediately.


What My Glittering Court Would Be Like

I am so excited to have read (and loved) The Glittering Court. If you’re curious about the book you can read my review here. Let’s just say this book was expansive and had a great mix of historical genres all meshed into one.

About the Book

The Glittering Court
By: Richelle Mead
Release Date: April 5th
Publisher: Razorbill

For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.

After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even though she’s falling in love with him.

Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else’s property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.

My Glittering Court

Today I’m sharing with you my Pinterest board on how I’d like MY Glittering Court to look. I’ve been trying to think who’d I’d have join me so decided I’d bring along some of my favorite blogger gals. First Crystal from Bookiemoji would have to be there since she’s a necessity in my every day life. I’d need her there for sure. Rachel from A Perfection Called Books would be there to keep things positive and help keep our schedules up to date (she is amazing at planning). I’d want Britt from Please Feed the Bookworm because I love her and her humor. Goodness…can we just include all our bloggers?

Follow My Friends Are Fiction’s board The Glittering Court on Pinterest.