Cover Reveal: Equilibrium 

The first cover reveal is Equilibrium by Anna Jakobsson Lund. She’s the author of the dystopian System trilogy (which also sounds really good and I’m planning to read soon).

The publisher Annorlunda Förlag describes this book as a story about identity, friendship and magic. Equilibrium is the story about Ari, who is forced to run to the shady town of Porto du Luando and seek refuge among the smugglers, jests and illusionists. 

Noteworthy for my international followers is that this book is in Swedish but I know for a fact that the publisher has translated or at least are in the process of translating the System trilogy (with the first book Article Three already out). And so, I have hope that Equilibrium will be translated as well. 🙂

This book will be released in the fall, though I’m not sure exactly when. There has been some rumor about September, but if that’s when the book is available for purchase I don’t know. Anyhow, from the description I think this definitely sounds like a book worth waiting for!

The Swedish description can be found below;

Equilibrium är berättelsen om Ari, som tvingas fly till rövarstaden Porto du Luando och söka skydd bland smugglare, nickelskojare och illusionister. Det är en roman om identitet och kön, vänskap och magi av författaren till den rosade trilogin om Systemet.

Midnattsklockan slår medan jag springer genom Kintoros sluttande gränder. Jag skulle ha varit på scenen nu, tagit emot de andra kemisternas applåder. Ingen hade vågat neka mig ett forskningsprojekt efter det här.

Jag borde ha stannat i bankettsalen, kontrollerat den skärande smärtan. Bröt den sig ut ur mig? Hur kunde den göra det?

Klackarna slinter mot gatstenarna och jag drar av skorna. Fötterna domnar bort, men jag stannar inte. Jag måste härifrån, måste byta om innan någon ser mig. Klänningen är kladdig av blod.

Cover reveals

I actually got TWO cover reveals for you, one this evening and one tomorrow evening. I’m beyond excited for them both! One is a horror story by S.E. Green and the other a fantasy story by Anna Jakobsson Lund.

Both books have their release set in the fall and deserve their own posts, so stay tuned 🙂

Darn TV series kidnapped my brain

My reading quota for this week has been dismal… I’ve only read a couple of chapters due to my brainpower being dedicated to dealing with the addiction that is Riverdale (TV show). I’d heard that it was really good, but I like the neutral approach where the only criteria I have is that the movie, series or book is entertaining. That way I most often get pleasantly surprised. This time though, I was blindsided. Riverdale was twisty, cute and riveting. With the way that the storyline and subplots was told it was almost like reading a book and as you know that’s high praise from an avid reader. 

I’m going to continue reading Coral and Bone (which is shaping up to be a 4 star read even halfway through, it’s so good!) and then we’ll see what I’m in the mood to read next. 💙 

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend! 

Happy Book Birthday, Tiffany Daune! 

It’s been described like X-men meets Siren assassins, and I’m planning to read it after finishing my current read.

Coral and Bone is the first book in a trilogy by Tiffany Daune and the ebook is currently priced at only 0.99! Follow the link if you’re interested:  goo.gl/oxWOaP 😊 🎈

Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.

Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can’t help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.

April Wrap-up

April has been a great month for reading and I’m so pleased with this achievement! I set my goal for 1 book per week, just like last year, and like last year it has been a bit hard to keep up. This month though, I’ve managed to read 9 books. Yay!

  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (ARC) – 4/5 stars, ebook and feel free to read my spoilerfree review for this gem!
  • Falling Into Bed with a Duke by Lorraine Heath – 4/5 stars, ebook.
  • The Earl Takes All by Lorraine Heath – 3/5 stars, ebook.

  • The Witches of the Glass Castle by Gabriella Lepore (ARC) – 4/5 stars, ebook and another gem with a spoilerfree review if you’re interested.
  • Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – 4/5 stars, book. Three words; kickass female pirate… Loved reading this!
  • Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts – 4/5 stars, ebook. The first in a new trilogy that follows Roberts usual story pattern, but still delicious to read!
  • Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts – 4/5 stars, ebook.
  • Island of Glass by Nora Roberts – 4/5 stars, ebook.
  • The Siren by Tiffany Reisz – 2/5 stars, ebook. A bit uncomfortable, but not a bad story.

Lots of romance this month, but it is spring here in Sweden after all 😉

Next month I’ve got Strange Alchemy by Gwenda Bond, Witches of the Dark Power by Gabriella Lepore, Coral and Bone by Tiffany Daune and probably a reread of ACOTAR with a straight dive into ACOMAF and A Court of War and Ruin by Sarah J Maas on my TBR. Let’s see if I can keep this flow going!

What has been your favorite read in April? 😊 

The Witches of the Glass Castle by Gabriella Lepore (ARC)

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This was such a delight! Witches, mystery and darkness, what more can you ask for? And it was easily devoured, which is a very attractive quality that shouldn’t be undervalued. I love the satisfaction of it, to get so carried away with a story… It’s happiness.

The story follows Mia and her brother Dino who discovers that they are witches. Their whole family are witches (well, at least on their mother’s side) and all it takes is one small incantation, even said by mistake, to awaken the magic within. Because of their awakening powers, they are sent away to a place that can help the siblings learn control and nurture whatever power they may have. At the Glass Castle, they meet frightening but handsome warrior witches with feral instincts called Hunters and witches called Arcana that can read peoples thoughts and have visions of the future. It’s a strange but colorful new world where Mia and Dino must both come to terms with who they are and as events begins spiraling out of control they must choose what they think is right and where their allegiances lie in the end.

There’s some really good twists and turns in this book. It kept the story and my interest peaked through the whole thing. I’m also very fond of how the author portrayed her characters (and their dynamic). It was just the right amount of goof, cuteness and realness to make the relationships work.

I really recommend this book to anyone who love YA fantasy, and witch lore. A fascination with witches should be existent when picking this up. Just saying… 😉

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars! Witches of the Glass Castle is the first book in a duology, where the Witches of the Dark Power is the second book and they both releases today the 18th. So, Happy Book Birthday to Gabriella Lepore!

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (ARC)

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Becky Albertalli’s story about a young girl named Molly, who’s constantly falling in and out of love, is delightfully written and I’d also like to add that her penchant (as I understand it) for diverse characters is spot on in today’s climate. It’s refreshing to read about a family dynamic that’s both something originally new and still manages to convey the modern-day family that often consists of more than one “correct” version.

Molly’s a seventeen-year-old girl who’s never been kissed and has never had a boyfriend. What she has had though are multiple crushes and thus she’s avoided experiencing rejection. Molly doesn’t see this as a problem, she’s careful… that’s all. When her womanizing and somewhat cynical twin sister Cassie suddenly falls madly in love, Molly can’t deny that she’s lonely and longing for connecting with someone of her own. Maybe having a boyfriend will even help her reconnect with her sister, as well as gifting her with her first kiss. Luckily (or maybe confusingly) for her, two boys pop up catching her attention. Who will she choose? The cute hipster boy Will who’s best friends with Cassie’s new girlfriend or her coworker the charming nerd boy Reid. And will she have the guts to put herself up for potential rejection?

Some scenes in this book had me cringing, not in a bad way, but in the way that I was acutely embarrassed on behalf of a character. That’s some really good writing and makes me very keen to read her Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!

4 out of 5 stars!

I received this copy from the publisher (Penguin Random House UK Children’s) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston (ARC)

The story of Geekerella follows two protagonists, the first being Elle Wittimer who’s a diehard Starfield fan that lives with her stepmother and two stepsisters after tragically losing her father in an accident. The one season long TV-show Starfield was the fandom that she shared with her father and after his passing she doesn’t falter in her devotion to him or the show. She’s an avid blogger and now that Starfield’s getting rebooted as a movie she’s got ample ammo to use in her posts.

The second protagonist is Darien Freeman, an actor that’s been employed to be the new version of the main character Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. He used to live for cons and especially everything Starfield, but since getting famous for being in another TV series and then getting drafted for this role.. Let’s just say that his living the fandom at cons have been severely limited since then. Being Carmindor in this new show is like a dream come true, but can he overcome the Starfield community’s scepticism and the media’s heartthrob labeling? 

When Elle finds out about the cosplay contest being held at ExcelsiCon, at the con that her father helped get started no less, and with the hard to resist prize of tickets enabling her to get away from the stepmonsters, she decides to enter. There’s a bit of snag tough when her non-starfield stepsisters decides to enter too…

This retelling follows the pattern of Cinderellas tale but with refreshingly original content. It’s like a mix between Cinderella, Fangirl and something more. It’s wonderfully geeky with it’s own fandom and I thought it was such a cute read. Just call me a Stargunner now! 

4 out of 5 stars! 

I received this copy from the publisher (Quirk Books) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Shopping bonanza @ Kindle

Since starting my NetGalley account for possible ARCs and thus “rediscovering” Kindle again, I’ve gone on some crazy shopaholic spree… It’s soooo easy to click that button. Click! Click! CLICK! And the deals that keep popping up… Many that are free too. Shit. I’m both embarrassed at my weakness and excited by all the reading material at the same time. Haha. Though, if I’m looking at it from the pro side, it saves me some space on my bookshelves… I mean, that’s a true relief! Oops, my kiddos are calling for a referee. Time to go 😉

PS. If I seem hyper, I’ve been cooped up with sick kiddos the last couple of days and I’ve been trolling Twitter and Kindle on and off for as long. AND I’m happy right now, life’s good. So there! Now, let’s read some, shall we? 😉

What are you currently reading?? 

Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn (ARC) 

I love Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series, so when I saw that Martians Abroad was available on NetGalley I couldn’t resist requesting it and Tor Books kindly approved it. 

This book is a fresh sci-fi YA about a girl named Polly (and her twin brother Charles) who gets enrolled in a prestigious school on Earth. Polly however has no plans to go along with this since her goal has always been to become a starship pilot and see the far reaches of the galaxy. Her mother however, who also happens to be the director of the Mars Colony, makes it plain that the trip to Earth is not negotiable. So off they go, from their home planet Mars all the way to Earth, their new home for the foreseeable future.

As opposed to her brother Charles who seem to acclimatize quickly, Polly is homesick and she has a hard time settling in her new home, while also getting used to the crushing gravity of Earth and the vastly different mindset of its inhabitants. When strange and dangerous accidents keep occurring around her and her classmates, Polly’s determined to find the truth behind these incidents. 

Despite Polly being a younger protagonist than what I’ve read from Vaughn before, I loved that I could still clearly hear her voice as a writer. All the best authors has a flow that’s uniquely theirs, and Carrie Vaughn is such an author. 

Following Polly on her journey, got me thinking about the things that we take as granted as earthlings. Our air, gravity and green open spaces is not something that we always appreciate, but for someone like Polly these are either associated with strict rules or fear with some wonder thrown in. Well, that gives me some food for thought anyway. 

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and are keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel. So if you like sci-fi YA and/or Carrie Vaughn, I highly recommend this book!

I received this copy from the publisher (Macmillan/Tor Books) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.