Blog Tour: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman–Review & Giveaway

Blog Tour: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman–Review & GiveawayShadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
on March 10, 2015
Series: Seraphina #2
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
5 Stars

Seraphina took the literary world by storm with 8 starred reviews and numerous “Best of” lists. At last, her eagerly awaited sequel has arrived—and with it comes an epic battle between humans and dragons.

The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?

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It’s been such a long time since I was so completely swept up in a story. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman was the perfect sequel and an all around incredible fantasy novel.

It’s been years since I read Seraphina. I was a bit worried that I would be completely lost for awhile in Shadow Scale but thankfully that was not the case at all. I’ve always wondered why there isn’t recaps at the beginnings of sequels or subsequent books. There was with this one and it was so helpful. I loved that it flowed with the story as well.

The world that Rachel Hartman has created with these books is so unbelievably rich and detailed. I’m in awe just thinking about it again. Shadow Scale was one of those rare books that I forgot I was reading and not living. I mourned the loss of the story when it was over. The writing was beautiful as well. Rachel Hartman is an amazing talent.

Almost all the fantasy novels that I love involve some sort of epic journey. This book was no exception. Seraphina sets out to find all of her fellow half dragons. The history, landscape, and politics you learn about while on this journey are dizzying in their scale.

Shadow Scale delves deep into things that were only mentioned in Seraphina. The danger and villain felt so real that it filled me with dread often. I couldn’t see any way out of the situation they were all in but it was handled wonderfully in the end.

There was one other storyline I was very curious about, the relationship between Seraphina and Kiggs. I was really pleased with every aspect of their story. I loved that the romance wasn’t a huge part of the story but it always a subtle undercurrent. I also loved the unconventional way their story ended.

I really just can’t say enough good things about Shadow Scale. It’s an utterly incredible follow up. I’m so sad that it’s over but Rachel Hartman has earned a fan for life.

Giveaway:

I’m so excited to give two readers a chance to read this book!

Comment below telling me if you’ve read Seraphina and/or your favorite dragon book.
US/Canada only
Must be 13 or older to enter
Prizing courtesy of Random House

Saturday Situation: Link up your bookish posts & giveaways

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Happy weekend! It’s time for a new Saturday Situation, hosted by Candace at Candace’s Book Blog  and me. So, here’s the scoop: I’m going to set up two Linky’s. One for Giveaways that you want to promote and one for Posts that you want to promote. The posts can be reviews, discussions, rants, events you are planning, anything that you want people to read! I know there’s so many great posts out there that often go unread. Here’s your chance to tell the world! Feel free to link up to other bloggers posts as well! Let’s spread the love!

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Review: No More Confessions by Louise Rozett

Review: No More Confessions by Louise RozettNo More Confessions by Louise Rozett
on January 25, 2015
Series: Confessions #3
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Goodreads
4 Stars
For Rose Zarelli, freshman year was about controlling her rage. Sophomore year was about finding her voice. With all that behind her, junior year should be a breeze, right? Nope. When a horrific video surfaces, Rose needs the one person she wants to be done with, the person who has broken her heart twice—Jamie Forta. But as the intensity between them heats up, Rose realizes she isn’t the only one who needs help. The thing is, Jamie doesn’t see it that way—and that could cost them both everything.

pireviewI loved the first two Confessions books so much. I think I could read at least a dozen books about Rose and Jamie, so I was thrilled to see there was a book 3. No More Confessions picks up not long after Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend ends. Rose is in yet another bad place and she turns to Jamie to help her.

 I do think Rose was in a better place than past books, but things outside of her control send her in a bit of a tailspin. Jamie was still swoon-worthy, but I was also pretty frustrated with him in this one. You’ll have to read to find out why, but I still have a lot of love for him.

Once again, I loved all the minor characters so much. I’m almost just as invested in their happenings as Rose and Jamie’s. Louise Rozett has a way of making characters shine off the page. You want to be their friends and to help them, or to give them a good shake.

I was surprised at the ending of No More Confessions. I foolishly thought it was going to be a tidy conclusion, but things were left pretty open. That’s fine with me. As long as Louise Rozett keeps writing Confessions books, I’ll keep reading. It’s a very underrated, but recommended series.

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Top 10 Books from my Childhood & Teen Years that I Would Love to Revisit

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is: Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit

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1. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
This is the book that solidified my love for reading. I would love to experience that again.

2. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
These were so scary and soooo good! I also felt so brave when my elementary school librarian warned me about it.

3. Weeping Willow by Ruth White
I read this in 8th grade, I think. It’s stuck with me ever since.

4. Pet Semetery by Stephen King
I went through a HUGE SK stage in middle school and this one is still my favorite.

5. Where the Wild Things Are by Marcus Sendak
I adored this book as a child. It probably doesn’t really belong on this list since I get to read it to Finn at least 3 times a week.

Speak by Laurie Halse AndersonGuilty Pleasure by Laurel K. HamiltonThe Green Mile by Stephen KingLittle Women (Penguin Classics Edition)The Secret Garden (Penguin Classics Edition)

6. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
I have so much love for this book. While my experiences in late middle school/high school were nothing like the MC’s this book got me through a lot of tough times.

7. Guilty Pleasure by Laurel K. Hamilton
Oddly enough my middle school library had a nice collection of Anita Blake books. The series went to crap eventually but those first 7 or 8 books were so awesome!

8. The Green Mile by Stephen King
One of my teachers loaned me her special edition set in 8th grade and I devoured it.

9. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
This is another middle school read. I’d love to revisit it as an adult.

10. The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
I loved this book so so much. I wanted to live in it.

Saturday Situation: Link up your bookish posts & giveaways

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Happy first Saturday of Spring everyone! It’s time for a new Saturday Situation, hosted by Candace at Candace’s Book Blog  and me. So, here’s the scoop: I’m going to set up two Linky’s. One for Giveaways that you want to promote and one for Posts that you want to promote. The posts can be reviews, discussions, rants, events you are planning, anything that you want people to read! I know there’s so many great posts out there that often go unread. Here’s your chance to tell the world! Feel free to link up to other bloggers posts as well! Let’s spread the love!

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Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Review: Open Road Summer by Emery LordOpen Road Summer by Emery Lord
on April 15, 2014
Also by this author: The Start of Me and You
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Gift
Goodreads
3 Stars

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

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So I had the prefect first line for this review planned out within the first half of the book. Really, it was a good line, but now I don’t get to use it because I didn’t love the book like I wanted to.

I had high hopes for Open Road Summer. Lots of fellow contemporary lovers adored it so I thought I’d feel the same way. Nope. I did like it, but by the end of it Reagan’s actions just annoyed me.

Open Road Summer is about friendship and learning to trust again. It has a lot of great things going for it. A summer road trip feel, a feel good best friend relationship, and famous people. If I could’ve liked Reagan more I’m sure I would have loved the book. But alas…

I didn’t have much of a problem with Reagan at first. She has that tough girl exterior but I had hopes that it would get cracked. Her friendship with Dee was the best part of the book (and Dee was the best character in the book). That was really the only time you see a softer side of Reagan.

I enjoyed the romance aspects. It was maybe a tad too drawn out but it still kept me interested. Though, by the end of the book I was so disgusted with Reagan’s actions that it ruined it for me. I felt like she didn’t deserve Matt at all. She was immature, stubborn and careless with other people’s feelings. I kinda wanted to strangle her.

That sounds harsh but I honestly did enjoy most of the book. I just wanted to love it so much and obviously that didn’t happen. Don’t let my review put you off! Most people seem to really love Open Road Summer.

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

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1. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

2. Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz

3. Half Wild by Sally Green

4. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

5. Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

6. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

7. The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

8. The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

9. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius

10. Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh