Monday, February 27, 2017

{ARC Review} The Best Kind of Magic

The Best Kind of Magic
The Best Kind of Magic 
Author: Crystal Cestari
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber's pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone's soul mate.

Amber works at her mother's magic shop--Windy City Magic--in downtown Chicago, and she's confident she's seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one--her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor's son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father's missing girlfriend, she's distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can't see her own match, she can see his--and it's not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn't her match?~Goodreads

The Best Kind of Magic is an adorable story about a girl learning to follow her heart instead of following her “fate.”

It was basically impossible to not adore Amber. She is the best kind of sassy, she’s sarcastic and she’s totally sweet (when she wants to be!) She’s also extremely loyal, protective, and oh yeah, paRT FREAKIN’ WITCH!  Seeing True Love!? How dope would that be?! I loved her "readings" at the Windy City Magic shop! That place is so cool! Make your own potion bar? YES PLEASE. 

Of course, Amber's matchery isn't without its complications. Falling for the "wrong" boy is definitely one of those, but Charlie, is such a cutie pie! His relationship/friendship with Amber is freakin’ delightful, they are perfect together. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more about him in the next story! And I can’t wait to see how some of their drama unfolds.

(I really liked Amber’s best friend, Amani too. I feel like she needs a spin off!)

This book was such a cute, quick read. I really enjoyed it. It was light and fluffy with a dash of danger, I can not wait for the next installment!

Friday, January 6, 2017

ROCKSTAR BOOK TOUR: Character interview + Giveaway!

About the Book:
Author: Breeana Shields
Pub. Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves. This commercial YA fantasy is romantic and addictive like-- a poison kiss-- and will thrill fans of Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard.

Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya a poison maiden is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.

This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. 
Interview with Marinda & Deven:

Thank you so much for the chance to chat with y'all! I know you have a lot going on, so let's get to it!

Deven- what was your first impression of Marinda?
The first thing I noticed about her was her devotion to her younger brother. She’d do anything for him.

What do you admire most about one another?
Marinda: I love how well Deven listens. He’s always fully present in any conversation.
Deven: I’d have to say her loyalty. Marinda doesn’t love very many people, but she’d crawl over broken glass for the ones she does.

Marinda, if you weren't a Visha Kanya what do you think you'd being doing in your spare time?
I’d love to own a bookshop like Japa’s—that kind of quiet life would suit me perfectly. Unfortunately, my life has been anything but quiet and that doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon.

Deven and Marinda, Working for Japa seems like such an amazing job! What are some of your favorite stories?
Deven: Any adventure story—pirates, explorers, high-stake heists—I love it all.
Marinda: I didn’t learn much history as a child, so I can’t get enough of it now.

Favorite thing about living in Sundari?
*Glancing sidelong at each other, and then answering in unison*  “The waterfalls.”

Fast round!
Early bird or night owl?
 Night owl
Sweet or salty ?
Relaxing evening or afternoon adventure?
Afternoon adventure!

Early bird or night owl?
I’m definitely a night owl.
Sweet or salty?
Sweet. I can’t get enough pastries.
Relaxing evening or afternoon adventure?

Relaxing evening.

Okay, can I just say how freaking ADORABLE and sweet are they!? I can not wait to read more of their story in the future!
3 winners will receive a signed finished copy of POISON’S KISS, US Only.

About Breeana:
Breeana Shields graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English.
Her debut young adult fantasy, POISON’S KISS, will be released from Random House in 2017 with a sequel to follow in 2018.
When she’s not writing about herself in the third person, Breeana loves reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband, her three children and an extremely spoiled miniature poodle.

Follow the rest of the tour! 
Week One:
1/2/2017- Literary Meanderings - Interview
1/3/2017- Fiction Fare- Review
1/4/2017- It Starts at Midnight- Excerpt
1/5/2017- One Night Book StandReview
1/6/2017- Brooke- Reports- Interview

Week Two:
1/9/2017- Curling Up With A Good BookReview
1/10/2017- Brittany's Book RamblesGuest Post
1/11/2017- ParajunkeeReview
1/12/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
1/13/2017- IceyBooksQuote Candy

Friday, December 30, 2016

Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2017

(Click the cover to add on Goodreads!)
The Crown's Fate (The Crown's Game, #2)1. Yes. I need this book. I loved The Crown's Game, so I'm SUPER excited for this one!

Blacksouls (Blackhearts, #2)2. MORE TEACH! YESS! Is 2017 going to be the year of awesome sequels?! I think so! 

The Valiant3. I've heard nothing but incredible things about this one! It sounds amazing, looks bomb as eff and i can't wait to read it!

Empress of a Thousand Skies4. That cover, that synopsis. Yes, please! I totally already ship Rhee & Aly :P

Song of the Current
5. I love a any type of water based, dash of pirate fantasy! 

Cold Summer
Letters to the Lost
7. This sounds absolutely heartbreaking and adorable and wonderful. Sign me up!
Our Broken Pieces
8. Um!?  The first 3 words on goodreads had me hooked. 
When Dimple Met Rishi
9. I adore this cover. It makes me already love Dimple. Not to mention the storyline of arranged marriage?! Talk about captivating! 
Kissing Max Holden
10. This contemp just sounds so cute. Reminds me of a Kasie West story (who i LOVE!) Can't wait for this! 

Are you participating in the Top 10!? Leave a link to your post below or tell me what 2017 release you can't wait for! 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016