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Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Monday, December 21, 2015
Why I chose this book:
As an avid lover of Leigh Bardugo’s work, there was no way I would allow this book to waltz by without a second glance. As soon as it came out on shelves, I bought it and devoured it. I ended up reading a mixture of the hardback version and listening to the audiobook. And to say that I loved it might be the grossest understatement I have ever made.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first. (Goodreads)

Review: Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Why I chose this book:
Ever since I read Kiss of Deception, I knew I needed the next one. I had read it late last spring as an eARC, and after finishing it, I knew the wait would be utterly unbearable. I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC from the publisher at North Texas Teen Book Festival in Dallas, and when I held it in my hands, my heart sand with excitement! I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 7th, 2015
Format: ARC
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar's interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there's Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country... and her own destiny. (Godreads)

Review: Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Why I chose this book:
This series took me completely by surprise. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with these characters, but Shadow & Bone drew me in, Siege & Storm captured my heart, and Ruin & Rising completely and utterly transfixed me. This is most definitely one of the top reads of the year for me. 

Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publish Date: June 17th, 2014
Format: Audiobook, Hardback
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for. (Goodreads)

Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
After finishing Shadow and Bone, the audiobook narrated by Lauren Fortgang, there was absolutely no way I was not going to download the next installment. Fortgang’s narration is to die for, and the story… WOW. That’s it. Just speechless.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publish Date: June 4th, 2013
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. (Goodreads)

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Why I chose this book:
So many people have been completely fangerling about this series, and even more so since Ruin and Rising came out. Because everyone has been telling me that I needed to read this I grabbed it on Audible and let’s just say I listened to it within 24 hours.

Shadow and Bone 
by Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publish Date: June 5th, 2012
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart. (Goodreads)

Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
All the way back in 2003 I read a book I fell in love with, Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson. It was basically a Romeo & Juliet, star-crossed lovers story. It was the first story I ever reread a second time. Since then, I haven’t gone out of my way to seek out her books, honestly I even forgot about Scribbler until I saw an ARC for The Kiss of Deception and realized it was Pearson’s. I knew I immediately had to nab it from NetGalley, not only because it was Mary E. Pearson, but because the plot seemed like it was exactly what I generally love to read.  I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publish Date: July 8th, 2014
Format: eARC
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love. (Goodreads)
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