Come Back Yesterday — Caraval by Stephanie Garber {Book Review}

Caraval by Stephanie GarberTitle: Caraval (Caraval #1)
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date:  January 31st, 2017
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: Really liked it

What it’s about:

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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Books To Read If You Love Enemies-To-Lovers Romances {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hosted by The Broke & The Bookish

Hi guys, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! In case you didn’t know yet, here’s a confession: I am a big, sappy, hopeless romantic.

There. I said it. I love books with romance in it (as long as it doesn’t take over the story, has any instalove or annoying love triangles). I love romance tropes. Enemies-to-lovers, best friends-to-lovers, penpal romances, boy or girl-next-door romances, the fake date trope, the opposites attract trope. Give me them all, because I can keep reading about them forever.

BUT. Today I’d like to focus on one trope in particular and that is the enemies-to-lovers trope. I can’t help it, MOST of my favorite romances and OTP’s fall under this trope. So let’s get started!

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Kitsune Mischief Managed — Dark Tempest by Annette Marie {Book Review}

Dark Tempest by Annette MarieTitle: Dark Tempest (Red Winter Trilogy #2)
Author: Annette Marie
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc
Release Date:  January 6th, 2017
Standalone/Series: Trilogy
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: New all-time favorite

What it’s about:

Emi has dedicated her life to becoming the perfect vessel for the goddess Amaterasu, but the insidious betrayal of another deity has changed everything. Now Amaterasu has charged Emi with an urgent mission: to find and free the earthly gods before mankind is brought to its knees beneath divine tyranny.

At her side is Shiro, the mysterious fox spirit. When she first saved his life, she could never have imagined that behind his cunning and confidence, he was lost—his power bound by a devastating curse and his memories obscured. His veiled history is somehow tied to the missing gods, but he can’t remember how or why.

As their search leads them into the murky depths of the spirit realm, the shadows of Shiro’s past begin to emerge. With each brief awakening of his true self, she loses a little more of him. The fate of the heavens and earth rest in her mortal hands, and she must find the missing gods before time runs out for her world—and for Shiro.

DARK TEMPEST includes 10 full-page illustrations by award-winning artist Brittany Jackson.

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Yuri On Ice Book Tag {Tag Thursday}

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Hi guys, and welcome to this very special Tag Thursday! Why is this one so special, you may ask?

Well, it’s the first time I actually made my own ORGINAL BOOK TAG! Woop, woop! As you may or may not know, I have recently fallen in love (some may call it obsessed) with a little anime called Yuri!!! On Ice. Now, I never would have guessed I would become addicted to an anime about ice figure skaters, but here I am! I saw this show mentioned on Twitter regularly and got intrigued so I checked out the first few episodes and became hooked.

It’s about Katsuki Yuri, a Japanese figure skater who lost badly in his last Grand Prix. He’s suffering from crippling self-doubt and anxiety and is thinking about retiring until a video of him skating the routine of his idol, Victor Nikiforov, goes viral and none other than Victor himself shows up to coach him. This show is just so beautiful and funny and heartwarming. Yuri is such a relatable main character and the evolution of his relationship with Victor (an actual canon LGBTQIA+ relationship) is a joy to watch. I adored the 12 episodes and am keeping my fingers crossed for a second season!

And in the meantime, why not combine two things I love and do a little Yuri On Ice Book Tag?

Here we go!

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Books I Wish Had More… Well… More {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hosted by The Broke & The Bookish

Hi guys, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today I’d like to talk about a few books I wish had more. Yep. More.

I know, the original idea was to be more specific. Books I wished had more kissing. Books I wished had less tropes. Books I wished had more of something or less of something. But you know, I was wracking my brain for this seemingly easy topic and came up blank. Book blogging blackouts, I guess it happens. So instead I took the topic and vagued it up. Oh yes, I vagued it up and came up with… books I wish had more! Genius, isn’t it? 😉

So these are the books I wish had more. More story. More sequels. More POV. Just… more. Now, when I finish a book I am either completely satisfied with it, or I’m just not. The books below are a combination of both. Some books I was satisfied with, but I’m just a greedy little bookworm and I still want more of the story, more of the characters. And some books I wasn’t that satisfied with but I feel like ‘more’ could easily fix that problem. So let’s get into it!

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Fell In Love With A Kitsune — Red Winter by Annette Marie {Book Review}

red-winter-by-annette-marieTitle: Red Winter (Red Winter Trilogy #1)
Author: Annette Marie
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc
Release Date:  October 21st, 2016
Standalone/Series: Trilogy
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

Goodreads link

My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: New all-time favorite

What it’s about:

In a few short months, Emi’s mortal life will end when she becomes the human host of an immortal goddess. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess—and not once has she doubted her chosen fate.

Shiro is a spirit of the earth and an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can’t match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command—whether she wants him or not.

On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate—but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope … and hope is all she has left.

RED WINTER includes 10 full-page illustrations by award-winning artist Brittany Jackson.

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January 2017: The Month Of The DAReadathon, Contemporary Faves, Ed Sheeran, Ambitions & A Whole Lot Of Anime {Monthly Wrap Up}

January 2017

Hi and welcome to my first wrap up of 2017!

January has been pretty busy reading and blogging wise, so I hope you’re ready for a looong post 🙂 I have read 12 books, 3 of which were re-reads and I think that’s been one of my best reading months EVER, so yay for me! I entered my first readathon of the year and actually did okay. I’ve slowly but surely been discovering some new music. AND I’ve fallen in love with some new tv and movies. So let’s get into it!

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Let’s Art! — Favorite Fan Artists {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi guys, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday. Today is all about the visuals, because even if we are super imaginative and can perfectly envision everything we read (eh, not always), it’s always nice to just look at beautiful art.

So I would like to talk about a few of my favorite fan artists today. These are artists who are just like us, as in they love to obsess over books. Except, they also have the amazing talent to draw the characters and scenes so beautifully.

Of course, all art belongs to the artists! If you click on the name you will go to their DeviantArt or Tumblr sites where you can see all their art. Be sure to always credit them!

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