Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review: The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

Book: The Mirror King
Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: The Orphan Queen #2 (final)
Genre: YA fantasy
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Release: April 5th, 2016
Pages: 531

Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies.

HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right. 

HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.

HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.

In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Review: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Book: Mistborn (The Final Empire)
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Mistborn (Book 1)
Genre: fantasy
Publisher: Tor Books
Release: July 25th, 2006
Pages: 667

Once, a hero rose to save the world. He failed.

For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and defeating the Lord Ruler. A new kind of uprising is being planned—one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine: a teenage street urchin named Vin.

Once, a hero rose to save the world and failed. This time, can a young heroine succeed?

Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: Don't Wake Me Up by M.E. Rhines

Book: Don't Wake Me Up
Author: M.E. Rhines
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA paranormal, contemporary
Source: ebook, author (thank you, M.E.!)
Publisher: Clean Reads
Pages: 169
Release: November 3rd 2016

He’s charming, funny, and incredibly hot. The only problem is, he’s a ghost.
When the chaos of school, her over-reactive mother, and her abusive boyfriend gets to be too much, sixteen-year-old Colleen turns to astral projection to escape it all. In the sanctuary of the astral plane, she mingles with the lost souls of the departed. They all need help to move on to the Summerland, and Colleen never turns down a spirit in need. 

Until she meets Daemon.

With just a glance, Daemon makes her forget all the turmoil back home. The calm is welcome and addictive, but Colleen knows the peace he offers will leave with him once he crosses over, forcing her to make a desperate decision: sever her ties to her physical body, or sabotage his salvation.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Everything, Everything Book Signing and Movie Screening!

Do you all remember the book Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon? The book that is being turned into a movie starring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson? In a rather sudden and unexpected turn of events, I found myself at a Nicola Yoon book signing two days ago. But it wasn't just any normal book signing...the first 50 people in line received tickets to the advanced viewing of the movie adaptation of Nicola Yoon's book Everything, Everything! And who would have known that luck was on my side?

And so, me and three friends woke ourselves up relatively early and chummed our way to the bookstore where we sat and waited for it to open...

Friday, May 5, 2017

Bookish Musing and Ponderings: Book Hangovers

Welcome to another of my Bookish Ponderings instalments! This is the third one, I believe :D

So from this post, I asked everyone to vote on a topic I should discuss. The answer to the poll was book feels (BOOK FEELS HELP), and though that still is partially the topic, my posted ended up morphing into a discussion about coping with book hangover feels. So I'll just go with it and do a separate Musing and Pondering post on coping with spontaneous book feels another time :)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Is that Erika? Did she finally escape from the evil clutches of reality (again)?

YES, I DID. THANK THE GODS. Which means I can actually do a proper TBR post (since I haven't done one in ages). Hooray!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Rise of the Dawnstar Blog Tour: Review, Interview, and Giveaway!

Hi guys! Welcome to my stop of The Rise of the Dawnstar blog tour. I'm so happy to be a part of it! My stop will feature an interview with the fantastic author Farah Oomerbhoy herself, plus a review. And there's a giveaway at the end! Tons of cool stuff for you all just waiting to be read ;) 

Book: The Rise of the Dawnstar
Author: Farah Oomerbhoy
Series: The Avolonia Chronicles (Book 2)
Genre: YA fantasy
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release: April 24th, 2017

Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.

The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world.

With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen.

Aurora might have survived her first battle against Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review: Fire in You by J. Lynn

Book: Fire in You
Author: J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)
Series: Wait for You #6 (final)
Genre: NA romance 
Pages: 390
Release: November 28th, 2016

From the # 1 New York Times and International bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J.Lynn, comes a richly moving story about heartbreak and guilt, second chances and hope. Full of familiar, fan-favorite characters and no two people more deserving of a happy ending, Fire In You will burn bright beyond the last page…

Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun. It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.

She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.

Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the past sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review: The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Book: The Sun Is Also A Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA contemporary
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 348
Release: November 1st 2016

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Friday, March 3, 2017

Review: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Book: A Torch Against the Night
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #2 (ongoing)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 452
Release: August 30th 2016

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: Kindling by Skye Malone

Book: Kindling
Author: Skye Malone
Series: Kindling Trilogy #1
Publisher: Wildflower Isle

Pages: 386

Source: author (e-copy)

Release: February 7th 2013

Never leave the farm. Never talk about the past. Never bring up the night your mother died or the years you can’t recall.

Remember only that you’re safe.

On her farm in rural Montana, Ashley believes she has a normal life. Sure, her father is gone a lot on business and her childhood is a mystery. But life is good.

Until one night changes everything.

Masked men with inhuman abilities attack her home, burning everything and killing all in their path. A strange boy named Cole comes out of nowhere on a frantic mission to save her life. She’s thrust into a world she never knew existed—a world of dangerous secrets, gun-wielding saviors, and magically adept villains who look just like everyone else.

But the threat doesn’t end there. The people who burned her home are hunting her for a dark and deadly reason, one that goes deep into the past she’s never been able to remember. One that means they will stop at nothing to find her.

One that means Ashley is far more than she appears.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Update: I'm Alive + Vote!

Happy February! 

You're all thinking: "Is it just me, or did Erika disappear again? Didn't she say she'd be back in full action come January?"

Guilty as charged. *hangs head in shame* January was not my month. I have not picked up nor finished an actual book since 2017 began (though I did read Black Beauty for one of my classes, but that doesn't count because I had to stress over a very large presentation on it the following week, so I didn't enjoy it very much. Plus it's not really the kind of genre I like to read). I shamefully have 3 e-arcs I still haven't read through. I've had to renew the library books I've taken out, because the three weeks that I normally 100% could finish them in have whizzed by.

Ugh. As a normally, quite extensively heavy reader, I feel like I've been deprived water or something.

BUT, I have not forgotten about you guys. Quite the opposite. I miss you guys. I miss our talks. I miss fangirling. I miss BOOKS. Gods, I miss books. I miss peace and quiet and books and reading so I can gush over everything to you guys. But I am (more or less) back(ish)! Though it will be more of a gradual transition thing, as there are still a few loose ends I need to tie up. But I am coming back to my normal presence, with this haphazard post as proof!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bookish Musings and Ponderings: Goodreads Challenge

Welcome to the second segment to my Musing and Ponderings instalments: discussion-based posts on book-related topics!

Today's topic of discussion: the Goodreads Challenge!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!

Welcome, 2017! May you bring much happiness and joy to everyone :) I have a few New Year's resolutions, which I figured I might as well share the book/blogging related ones with you!