Early February 2019 Book Haul and late January #OTSPSecretSister posting

So many books, so little time!  Here’s another catch-up post with new additions to my collection.  Starting with the last package I received from Round 9 of OTSP Secret Sister.  I don’t remember sharing this one, and it was full of awesome.  If I have shared this one before, well, I’m just excited!

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Book Review: Vortex Visions by Elise Kova

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I want to start this review by saying that I have only read Air Awakens of the previous 5 book series, and that was a couple of years ago already.  But I have been following the author on Facebook for years, and recently finished (Finally!) reading the Loom Saga (look for that review very soon), which led me to request a digital ARC of the follow-up sequel series.  And I’m very glad to report that it was excellent!!

I wanted to pick this book up before catching up on the original series so that my review might convince new readers less hesitant to pick it up.  The situation almost reminds me of how I read the Tortall world out of chronological order.  Having started with The Immortals I was ecstatic to discover that there were more stories that covered some “side” characters set in the same world.  I was happy to go back and learn more about them and their adventures!

Anyway, what you need to know about this book:

  • You don’t need to have read any of the Air Awakens series
  • The cover art is gorgeous!
  • There’s at least 3 books planned in this series
  • If you like plucky heroines beating the odds to save the world, you’ll love this one 🙂

 

Vortex Visions (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles, #1)

Summary:

A desperate princess, a magical traveler, and a watch that binds them together with the fate of a dying world.

Vi Solaris is the heir to an Empire she’s barely seen. Her parents sacrificed a life with her to quell a rebellion and secure peace with a political alliance. Now, three years past when her wardship should’ve ended, Vi will do anything to be reunited with her family.

The Empire is faltering beneath the burden of political infighting and a deadly plague. Yet, Vi can’t help but wonder if her inability to control her magic is the true reason her parents haven’t brought her home. Suspicion becomes reality when she unleashes powers she’s not supposed to have.

Powers that might well cost her the throne.

As Vi fights to get her magic under control, a mysterious stranger appears from across the world. He holds the keys to unlocking her full potential, but the knowledge has an unspeakable price — some truths, once seen, cannot be ignored.

All eyes are on her and Vi must make the hardest choice of her life: Play by the rules and claim her throne. Or, break them and save the world.

Book Review: Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

Crown of Feathers (Crown of Feathers #1)

Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Simon Pulse

I was so happy to receive an early copy of this book through work!  The cover is magnificent and the inside matches.  Firebirds or phoenixes are one of my favorite mythical animals, so I’m always happy to see books that feature them.  This one was a bit unique in that it has phoenix riders, which can be tricky for the characters at times.  I loved the themes of friendship and family in this one.

Actually, I read this a couple of months ago as I was super excited for it.  Shortly after finishing, I was inspired to make a bit of fan art and share it with the author.  It’s nothing specific, just one of the mounts, but I like how it turned out.  (Sorry for the poor image quality as this is a photo instead of a scan!)

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I made it by using alcohol-based markers on vellum.  When you hold it up to the light, it’s kind of see through.  Anyway, this was a great book and I can’t wait for the sequel!

Summary:

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

January 2019 Releases I Want to Read

As usual, I seem to be a bit behind with sharing of monthly releases.  Since I’m not quite sure what happened to the month of January, it doesn’t surprise me that we’re already several days into February and I haven’t shared anything about January releases past some book hauls and my New Releases of 2019 page.  Which is pretty up-to-date at the moment with all the 2019 releases that sound awesome.

Anyway, here’s the covers for the awesome books that released in January that got me excited!

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Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #5

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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All the Book Mail from January! (It’s Quite a Bit)

It’s been awhile since my last book haul post, and I’ve gathered several fun new titles for my personal library.  I’m just so excited to read them!  Do you see any here that are on your TBR?

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This is my Book Outlet purchase from the Boxing Day sale.  I used this opportunity to pick up several new manga, an isekai light novel, an art book, the newest Invisible Library volume, and a paperback copy of Godsgrave (so I can keep my hardcover in good condition).

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Book Reviews: Nevermoor and Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend

I realized that it’s been a while since I’ve shared any substantial reviews, so here’s a joint review for 2 books that I read in 2018 and loved!

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)

Hardcover, Large Print, 640 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

With great narrative prose and pacing, this book feels like Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire without being a copycat.  The world building and characters played along nicely and the story unfurled as our protagonist discovered new and interesting aspects about herself and her patron.

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Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #4

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

 

Storybound (Storybound #1)

I have several retold fairy tales crossover books that I haven’t gotten to.  I think maybe I got burned out during that trend?  I will eventually read this one though because I love me some retold fairy tales!  Keep 🙂

Flesh and Blood (House of Comarré, #2)

This is book 2, and I own book 3 as well, and book 1 was really interesting.  So I just need to make time to continue the series.  Keep 🙂

Blackdog

I started reading this one when I first got it.  And I honestly don’t remember why I didn’t get very far before setting it aside.  So I’ll be keeping this one to try again.  Keep 🙂

Winterling (Winterling, #1)

I picked up this trilogy right around the time the third book came out, and I’ve tried to start the first book because it sounds fascinating.  It’s relatively short, so I’ll move it up my TBR for this year.  Keep 🙂

Dead on the Delta (Annabelle Lee, #1)

Looking at the synopsis for this, I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet!  This is definitely the next one I pick up once I’m finished with review books! Keep 🙂

Dragon in Chains (Moshui, #1)

This one sounds like it’s full of Asian-inspired mythology and folklore.  It still sounds fascinating!  Keep 🙂

Snake Agent (Detective Inspector Chen, #1)

Seems to have all the pieces of stuff I like in other series, so I just need to make time for it!  Keep 🙂

Touch of Power (Healer #1)

I really need to make a point to read Maria’s backlog.  They all sound so good!  Keep 🙂

The Will of the Empress (The Circle Reforged, #1)

If I’m being honest with myself, I will probably never read this one.  My heart lies in Tortall, and Tamora’s other series/characters just weren’t as compelling for me.

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Wild Magic (Drinker of Souls: Wild Magic, #1)

I’m really on the fence about this one.  It sounds intriguing and has lovely covers for the series, but I think I need to read the first chapter to see if the writing style works for me.   Keep for now 🙂

 

That’s it for this installment!  I did a recent purge of my collection and removed a bunch of stuff that I just didn’t think looked interesting anymore or that I know I won’t get around to anytime soon.  But I still have a huge TBR!  I don’t know how that works, but I still have plenty of these posts to go.