The Wanderlust Tag

Morning friends and fam,

I always get thrilled when I see book bloggers growing and expanding their sites. I am happy to find out that Lexie has created her first tag! And she happened to tag me in it. I want to thank her for doing so. Sending my love back to you, deary. So let’s get to it.

The Rules

  • Mention the creator of the tag and link back to original post [Alexandra @ Reading by Starlight]
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Answer the 10 questions below using any genre
  • Tag 5+ friend

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2018 End of Year Book Survey

I wanted to do a yearly wrap-up post, but I cannot put together all of my favourite reads in one post. So when I found this book survey on Perpetual Page-Turner, I knew I found a solution. If you haven’t done so already, I recommend doing it as well.

2018 was a rough but thrilling ride, and I’m so happy to make it to another year. I hope you all enjoy the post, which may be long, so here are my apologies!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Best Character Names

I think I’m making a repeat performance. I thought I liked my original post, but I’ve trashed it entirely. I don’t know why. I’m picky. So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I’ve chosen my favourite character names.

 

Nova “Nightmare” Artino from Archenemies

Look at this cover. 😍 It’s so pretty. Both her given name and nickname suit her rather well. At first, I wasn’t sure I’d like Nova as a character. I felt she complained too much, but when you read her background, you can’t blame her for it.

Have you heard this duology is now a trilogy?!

 

Aleksander “The Darkling” Morozova from Shadow and Bone

Of course, I’ll probably fall for the ultimate bad guy in this series. I can see it now. I’ve been eyeing this character for years but haven’t gotten around to reading Shadow and Bone yet. The Darkling has a nice ring to it though.

 

Princess Selene from Cinder

I am not obsessed with this series. I repeat. I am not obsessed with this series. Am I surprised the author used the name “moon” for one of her main characters? No. I love the name. And Cinder is, and will always be, one of my favourite characters.

(Yes, I fully admit I’m addicted to the Lunar Chronicles. Please don’t judge me.)

 

Rowan Whitethorn Galathynius from Empire of Storms

Oh, look. Another series I haven’t read but spoiled myself anyways. So I basically know what occurs in almost every book in the TOG series. But I won’t skip reading it. And one reason why is Rowan. I’m hooked on territorial fae males, and he will probably be on the top of my list, especially when he takes his wife’s last name. Cue the sighs.

 

Elias Venturius from An Ember in the Ashes

This boy may just own a big chunk of my heart. Even before I bought Sabaa’s debut novel, I knew Elias was trouble. His character arc in A Torch against the Night still makes me weepy, but I won’t be surprised if he finds a way to get out of his current deal.

 

Eelyn from Sky in the Deep

Doesn’t that name sound beautiful? I love Eelyn. Her storyline creates such a wonderful debut novel. I’m holding out hope that the author will expand this book into a series. I don’t how since this is a standalone. 🙃

Review | Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Published by: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: April 24, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Historical

Page Count: 352

Rating: 4.5/5

Source: Purchase

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Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield-her brother, fighting with the enemy-the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.


“Ǫnd eldr. Breathe fire.”

Not many books put me in a slump. But after reading this book, I cannot stop thinking about it. Brutal yet beautiful, Sky in the Deep is rich and vivid. This character-driven novel will stay with me long after I slide it back on my shelf.

Adrienne blends together hatred and forbidden love, loyalty and forgiveness, and betrayal and acceptance. I’ve fallen in love with her storytelling. Even though I’d rather stay away from standalone stories, her debut novel makes me forget that fact. This coming-of-age storyline whisks you away to a lush landscape and unforgettable characters. And I wish I could travel back there more than one time.

Eelyn, a fearless Aska warrior, knows only survival, war, pain, and loss. She’s a relatable character who is fiercely loyal to her family and clan. She discovers her brother, who she thought has died, is alive. And the revelation that he would rather stay with the Riki, the rival clan, than find his way back to her just rocks her even more. This betrayal makes her vulnerable, and I wasn’t expecting this kind of character arc in a Vikings-inspired story. But that’s why it makes the story captivating. And I enjoyed it all the more though.

Don’t be fooled by this author. She effortlessly takes world building up another notch. Aska and Riki have long since battled each other. The clanspeople prepare for their day on the battlefield of Aurvanger. But they find a common ground when their people are threatened by the Herja.

The characters in this novel are what makes it stellar. They are more than just multi-dimensional. They feel tangible. Fiske, Eelyn’s love interest, will grow on you. At first, I wasn’t sure if I should trust him as a character, but this love-to-hate relationship is just what I needed. He challenges and forces her to see who he is and what her brother has become. The secondary characters are exceptional, which I don’t usually find in a historical novel.

Sky in the Deep mends the heart as fast as it can break it. It is one of the rare debut stories that will make you fear the battlefield but also give a reason to want to be on it. Filled with adrenaline and fast-paced scenes, this book is one of my favourite reads of 2018.

Monthly Wrap-Up | April 2018

Did I honestly think I’d get past this month? Not really. I forgot to tell you all that April is the second month I’ve been working at a small Canadian publishing house, so I haven’t had enough time to do every post I’ve wanted to. But I’m catching up slowly even if my mounting TBR in May is kind of freaking me out right now. So let’s get to the post.

 

I absolutely loved this month. I do not regret mostly reading only siren and pirate books, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I love morally gray characters anyways. And then I finished off the month with some Vikings. So I’m one happy bookworm right now.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This siren princess who rips out princes’ hearts makes me all giddy inside. I adore this debut novel. Alexandra twists the Little Mermaid into her own wicked and cruel beast. For years, I’ve been waiting for this kind of book. Lira and Elian are relationship goals.

I think the only negative I have about this book is that it’s a standalone novel. Alexandra has created a rich world that deserves more stories.

 

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

⭐⭐⭐⭐

I need more sirens and pirates in my life. I truly regret not reading this book sooner. Alosa, a captain of an almost female-only ship, will slit your throat and not bat an eye. Tricia creates compelling and wicked characters and an enthralling storyline. I was looking for more world building though. I can’t wait to read more from this author!

 

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

I practically breezed through this series. And I wish it weren’t over. Sirens, pirates, brilliant fight scenes, and hate-to-love relationship make a solid sequel. I honestly didn’t think the sequel would be good as the Pirate King, but here I am, gushing over Siren Queen. I’m so happy I picked up this series.

 

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Adrienne is one of my favourite debut authors of 2018. I can pray to the (Vikings) gods so I can get a sequel, but alas, she’s making a companion novel. I need more of this world. Sky in the Deep is rich in history and storytelling. If you’re looking for a taste of Vikings, go read it.

Do I recommend it? Hell yes.

 

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ARK by Jesse Miller


Last month, I thought I wouldn’t get a big haul, but here I am, showing all of you my weakness once I step into an Indigo store. Instead of returning one book I didn’t need, I walked out with three more. Was I expecting that? Sort of. I anticipated two, but the third one crept up on me. I have zero room on my shelves, but oh well!

I cannot wait to crack these beauties open.


How was your April? Have you tackled some of your anticipated reads? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday | Books on My Spring TBR

 

Hey, everyone!

I’m going to love doing this Top Ten Tuesday, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Who’s eagerly anticipating this new season’s books?! I’ve been waiting to talk about my impending Spring TBR list. And it’s big. Help me. 😰  But I’m super excited to get my hands on these great YA books.

So buckle in for this long TTT!

 

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Ahh, Ace of Shades is throwing massive hints of Six of Crows, but I don’t care. I’m loving the whole gambling feel to the book, and I can’t wait to see how Amanda plays off the fantasy. But what I look forward the most is the thieves and shady characters.

Don’t forget about the pre-order giveaway for Ace of Shades!

 

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky in the Deep is huge on Instagram right. Bloggers cannot get enough of it, and I can see why. A female raised to be a warrior? Hell yes, I am reading this book. And when betrayal is mixed in, I know I’ll love it.

This debut novel also has a giveaway. Find out more here.

 

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Does this cover look familiar? I have a big Red Queen déjà vu when I look at it. But I have to admit that it’s what hooked me in, so I can’t complain about it too much. I haven’t heard a lot about this new author, but I’m definitely intrigued by her book. And I’m always down for a revenge story.

 

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

CUE THE INTERNAL FANGIRLING. I nearly screamed when I saw the cover. Feyre’s wearing the Starfall dress. 😍 I’m going to die. I really am. Several storylines were left unfinished, and I need to know what will happen with several characters. I need my Nessian, and I need to see what’ll happen with Az, my baby bat.

Don’t miss out on getting a Night Court enamel pin from ACOFAS pre-order giveaway!

 

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Okay, so who else is a big Caraval fan?! Anyone? Okay, that debut novel knocked me off my feet. I loved the writing and the storytelling. Tella and Scarlett are back at Caraval, and they have a debt to pay. I don’t know how to anticipate the ending. Stephanie tricked me with Caraval, so I’m done with guessing.

 

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

So I came into this fandom about a year late, but I’ve been waiting for this finale for quite awhile. The King’s Cage makes up for the problems in Glass Sword. And with that ending in the third book, I’m team Mare. She will burn up Norta and take everyone with her.

 

Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong

Another contemporary novel with a twist? Hmm. Written by Kelley Armstrong? Sold. She could write crap, and I’d still read it. Anyways, over the last few years, she’s been writing phenomenal contemporary books, and Aftermath brings school shootings to the forefront. I can’t wait to read it.

 

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

I’m still on the fence with this book, but it has gained a lot of fans over the last six months. I’m liking some of the reviews and not enjoying the others. I just hope the big buzz around Furyborn doesn’t kill my thrill of reading it.

 

Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist is one of my favourite books of 2017. I am an instant Renée fan after reading it.  Even though the ending is slightly predictable, I need to know how Mariko will outwit her brother and her betrothed. And I can’t wait to see how Okami gets out his particular situation. Political intrigue and romance will be the highlights of this finale.

 

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Sabaa made all her Emberlings wait almost two years. Two. Years. I get it. Writing a novel takes time, but I’d like to see if the Nightbringer will get gutted, the Commandant is slaughtered, and my two little cinnamon buns get their happy ending. What am I saying?! You don’t get happy endings in these stories. Put me out of my misery now, please.