Friday, March 31, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Release Date: March 28, 2017Published by: Salaam Reads
Read from: March 18-28 , 2017Stand-aloneSource: Netgalley (I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.)For fans of: Marginalized Voices, Fantasy, MG, Steampunk
A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair.
When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand—a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube—they know it’s up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first they have to figure out how.
Under the tutelage of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay, the Farah and her friends battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats as they prepare to face off with the maniacal Lord Amari, the man behind the machine. Can they defeat Amari at his own game…or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine?
When I heard there was a book coming out that was being compared to Jumanji, it didn't matter what it was about, I KNEW I had to read it. And I’m so glad the people at Salaam Reads let me read it! I really loved getting to know the characters and I was BITING my nails when things started happening to them!
It's Farah's birthday and all she wants is to have a normal party with her old friends. But when she receives a really weird present from her aunt. The other kids wish to play right away… But what they find is the present is so much more than just a game.
What I absolutely loved about this book was the characters. I loved seeing how they treated their culture and I loved seeing how they interacted with each other. They were all great and all had their own amazing qualities. (I just wanted to hug Alex! He reminded me of me!)
I also really liked the story itself. The tasks were amazing and even though I’m almost 29, there was one that still creeped me out.Any MG book that can creep out me at my age is superb lol I also really liked the ending. I was glad things happened they way it did. Even if I wasn't expecting it to go that way.
This is the first book by Riazi and I can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeve. I know I say this with almost every debut author, but it's always only with the ones I've really enjoyed. Hopefully Riazi will come back and make a companion nove *side-eyes her* lol
Overall, I give this
Have you read this?
Will you read this?
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.
This week's topic is:
Top Ten Authors I Can't Believe I've Met!
1. EMERY LORD: Omggggg she's one of my favorite contemp romance authors and I had so much fun bragging about her new book (it was When We Collided back then) at TLA last year. I had been wanting to meet her for a very long time, so I have no idea how I was able to score a spot volunteering in her line, but it was totally awesome. I even gave her a bookmark business card of mine and she shouted me out on Twitter once. (I totally fangirled smh lmao)
2. NICOLA YOON: I will forever tell this story! She walked around the corner to look at her line for her new book at BEA (It was the Sun is Also a Star then) so I hurried up to turn around and tried taking a selfie with her. Well, she actually came and walked right into my pic without me knowing until I saw her. CUE THE FANGIRLING. Her assistant in the very back was back there LAUGHING at all of us (all the other bloggers in the pic) because we all fangirled SO HARD. lol
3. MARISSA FREAKIN MEYER: There is no question how much I love her books. I've read them all multiple times in different formats and it was a JOY meeting her. I've met her twice now and every time it got better. I hope to be able to see her again on tour for the next book that comes out in November! This was the first time I met her at Montgomery County Book festival. I begged my mom to be my wing woman just so I could go meet her.
4. Jennifer Armentrout: I've seen her multiple times now, but I still can't believe I actually met her. I've read about 98% of her books and if I haven't read them, I own them. I remember the first time I met her I kind of cried. It was my birthday and I had a tiara on my head and the first thing she said was "Oh my God it's your birthday?" Ah priceless lmao
5. MORGAN MATSON: She's such a big name author I thouught I would never meet her! I remember crying when I finally did. I have read 98% of her books as well and if I haven't read them, I own them. I'd like to say I owned meeting her too, but I totally cried at RT Teen Day in 2015.
6. STEPHANIE PERKINS: Another one I cried over. I still can't believe I met her. She is the sweetest person ever and I think I cried a little here too. She gave me a hug and laughed and said I wasn't the first person to do that and she felt bad everytime lol
7. ALEX GINO: I read and fell in LOVE with George. I even bookpushed it to my mom who also loved it. We both read it every so often now and she was totally jealous that she didn't go to TLA with me last year because I didn't get her a book signed too lmao
8. DAVID LEVITHAN: Another big name author that I still can't believe I met. I really wanted to pinch myself to make sure it was real. He was super nice and I wish I could have talked to him and Alex Gino ALL DAY! They thought I was cool for read and reviewing diverse books, but I kept telling them, they're the real heroes for writing them!
9. ADAM SILVERA: The way I met him was pretty cool. I was volunteering on the end of someone's line again at TLA and I turned around and saw him pass me with Victoria Aveyard. I think he saw me looking like a fish with my mouth open so I asked him was he Adam Silvera and I told him a little about me and more. I chewed him out for making me cry in More Happy Than Not, but then we were friends again lol
10. Maggie Stiefvater: She's super cool and edgy and I loved meeting her at BEA. It was pretty awesome because I wasn't even in her line when we took that picture haha I was in line for my sister and I got to hold the sign and she came up out of nowhere and asked if she could take a picture with me holding the sign lol It was awesome and it clearly attracted attention lolol
Even with meeting all these amazing people I still have so many more on my "To-Meet" list lol (I totally just made that up! lolol)
Who are some authors you can't believe you've met?
Monday, March 27, 2017
When I saw they were remaking this, I was a bit skeptical. This is from MY era and I wasn't sure they could do it justice. Power Rangers was one of my favorite cartoons for a very long time and I did not want to be disappointed by this.
PG-13, 124 minutesRelease Date: March 24, 2017
For the most part, I thought it was ok. I feel like it wasted a lot of time getting to the point. Like it was a filler to build up to a super bad ass sequel. But it really took entirely too long to finally get there. Once it started getting good, it was over and that was upsetting. Now I have to wait another entire year for the sequel. (If you stayed for the end credits scene, you know EXACTLY what sequel I'm talking about!) AND RITA REPULSA WAS AWESOME! She did an excellent job portraying her and I can't wait to see more Power Rangers villains in the upcoming movies!
The only other things I had a real problem with was just me nit-picking. Like for whatever reason they decided not to have at least one article of clothing on them their Power Ranger color at all times. That bothered me because I used to love seeing that as a kid. Small detail as it may be, I really wanted to see that. And I hated how weak the "It's Morphin Time!" part was when they FINALLY said it. I know they probably took it out because it's cheesy now, but it wasn't then and I totally wished I could've seen that in the movie. And last but not least, I was not happy with how they finally made the Megazoid. They didn't even say what dinosaurs they were. Again, I know it was outdated, but that was also a part that I looked forward to lol I would ALWAYS wait for Aisha to say "Saber toothed tiger" as the yellow ranger so I could say it with her! (See representation matters because I was of course ALWAYS the yellow one once I saw Aisha as her!) And lastly, that CGI was terrible. But with all those, I had to remember that this was made for the children NOW and even though my little heart as super nostalgic, I knew I was only nit-picking things that would've made me happy and the kids from now would have no idea what was going on.
But overall it was a good movie. I liked the diverseness of the cast and I loved that they made it even more so by mentioning some things spectators may not have known. I really liked it and now I can't wait to see the sequel and how they can make that one better.
Overall, I give this
Sunday, March 26, 2017
This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.
From the library:
The Weekly Wrap-Up!
Sunday 03/19/17: Stacking the Shelves #215 & the Weekly Wrap-Up!
Monday 03/20/17: You're Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner
Tuesday 03/21/17: Top 10 Books You'll Wish You had Read in a Day!
Wednesday 03/22/17: Waiting on Wednesday: At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer
Thursday 03/23/2017: Blog Tour Stop for: A Crown of Wishes
Friday 03/24/17: Follow Friday: Secret Lovers! (Bookwise that is!)
Saturday 03/25/17: Why I'm Away this Weekend!
What went on at your blog this week?
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Friday, March 24, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Release Date: March 28, 2017Published by: St. Thomas GriffinThe Star Touched Queen, #2For fans of: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Retellings, Magic, YA
Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.
Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.
Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
What is your heart's greatest desire?
In the new tale by the amazing Roshani Chokshi, there's a Tournament of Wishes that will make you think what you would wish for if you were to win! Narrowing it down is WAY too hard! I know it may be everyone's answer, but I can see myself wishing for world peace or equality.
Here's a look at what you'll find between the covers of A Crown of Wishes!
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BURNING ROSES GAURI
he guards unbound my wrists and shoved me into a red room. I waited for them to go before pulling out a small silk bag of pearl dust I had swiped from the cosmetics table. I repeated
the flimsy plan in my head:
Throw the dust in his eyes, gag him, steal his
weapons. If the Prince made a sound, I’d hold the dagger to his throat and hold him ransom. If he didn’t make a sound, I’d make him free me for his own life. I knew I couldn’t get far on my own, but most people could be bribed, and if bribery didn’t work, threats always did.
I was glad they hadn’t taken me to a throne room. The last time I was in a throne room, Skanda had ripped away my hopes for the king- dom and destroyed my future.
Arjun did not meet my eyes. And he refused to look up when his new bride and my best friend was hauled into the room. Nalini sank to her knees. Her gaze was frantic: leaping back and forth from me to Arjun and the dead on the ground.
Skanda’s knife was pressed to her throat, sharp and close enough that beads of blood welled onto her skin.
“I know what you want,” said Skanda.
I closed my eyes, shuttering the memory. I looked around the room, wondering which corner was the best position for attacking. At one end, a trellis of roses covered the wall. My chest tightened. I used to grow roses. One trellis for every victory. I had loved watching the blood red petals unfurl around thorns. Looking at them reminded me of my people’s love: red as life. A month before Skanda had me thrown over the Ujijain border, he had set them on fire in a drunken stupor. By the time I got there, it was too late. Every petal had curled and blackened.
“You think these flowers are tokens of Bharata’s love for you,” he had slurred. “I want you to see, little sister. I want you to see just how easy it is for everything you plan and love and tend to go up in flames.”
I’ll never forget what burning roses look like. All those scarlet petals turning incandescent and furious. Like the last flare of the sun before an eclipse swallows it from the sky.
“You think they love you now, but it doesn’t last. You’re the rose. Not them. They are the flames. And you’ll never see how quickly you’ll catch fire until you’re engulfed. One step out of the line I draw, and they will set you on fire.”
I turned my back on the roses.
I chose a corner of the room, and then sank my teeth into the in- sides of my cheek. It was a habit I’d picked up on the eve of my first battle. Nerves had set my teeth chattering, so I brought out a mirror and glowered at myself. The glowering didn’t help, but I liked the way my face looked. The small movements made my cheekbones look as sharp as scimitars. And when I tightened my lips, I felt dangerous, as if
R OS HANI CH O KS HI
I were hiding knives behind my teeth. Biting my cheeks became a battle tradition. Today I went into battle.
A door in the distance creaked. I ran through what I knew about the Prince of Ujijain. They called him the Fox Prince. And given the way some of the soldiers had jealously said his name, it didn’t seem like a name given because his face had animal features. He spent part of every year at an ashram where all the nobility sent their sons. Reputedly brilliant. Not good. Weak with weapons. Excellent. The guards were fond of retelling the story of his trial with the council. Prince Vikram had to submit to three tasks in order to be named heir of Ujijain—give the dead new life, hold a flame that never burns, and deliver the stron- gest weapon in the world. For the first task, he whittled a piece of bark into a knife, proving that even discarded things could be given new life in purpose. For the second task, he released a thousand jars of fireflies and held the small insects in his hand, proving that he could hold a flame that never burned. And for the last task, he said that he had poi- soned the council. Desperate for the antidote, the council named him heir. The Fox Prince then revealed that he had lied and proved how be- lief itself was the strongest weapon in the world.
I rolled my eyes every time I heard the tale. It sounded like some- thing that villagers with a restless imagination would spin beside a fire. I’d heard another rumor about him. Something about his par- entage. That he was an orphan who’d moved the Emperor to pity. But I doubted the vicious Emperor would be moved in such a way. The guards told me that the Emperor kept great beasts at his side that could tear the throat out of anyone who dared to cross him.
Footsteps shuffled down the hall. I clutched the silk bag of pearl dust. The Prince might be clever and eloquent, but you can’t talk your way out of death and I wasn’t going to give him a chance to speak. All
my intelligence told me that he was no match for me. I’d have him on his knees and begging for his life in a matter of moments.
A final door opened. The Fox Prince was here.
(above: copyright 2017 Roshani Chokshi)
|Photo Credit Aman Sharma|
Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. Her short story, "The Star Maiden," was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.