Thursday, June 4, 2020

Tour + Review and Giveaway: Archer at Dawn (Tiger at Midnight #2) by Swati Teerdhala

Series: Tiger at Midnight (Book 2)
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 26, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062869248
ISBN-13: 978-0062869241


“Thrilling, entertaining, and beautifully written, this is one adventure YA fans won’t want to miss.” —Buzzfeed

“[A] vibrantly imagined South Indian–inspired trilogy opener...Teerdhala adds plenty of surprises to her finely limned characters to produce a lush fantasy.” —Publishers Weekly

“Teerdhala’s debut, immersed in Indian fantasy, features two compelling protagonists who must question their loyalties and decide what they’re willing to sacrifice for the chance at a new future. Fast-paced action and a budding romance between emotionally layered characters make this a promising start to a gripping new series.” —ALA Booklist

“[A] lush blend of folklore, fantasy, and romance.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Set in a fantastical South Asia, this combination of romance, action, and magic will appeal to fans of Sabaa Tahir and Renée Ahdieh. A strong choice for YA fantasy shelves.” —School Library Journal

“Cat-and-mouse maneuvering between assassin Esha and reluctant soldier Kunal will hold you in tantalizing suspense in this searing debut exploring love, loss, and destiny. The Tiger at Midnight is as alluring and fearless as its characters.” —Stacey Lee, award-winning author of Outrun the Moon

“A deliciously twisty cat-and-mouse story that had me racing through the pages. I love stories that challenge their protagonists’ beliefs, and both Esha and Kunal face complex, heart-breaking decisions in their journey to discover both themselves and each other.” —Natasha Ngan, New York Times bestselling author of Girls of Paper and Fire

“Follow Esha and Kunal on a dangerous journey through lush jungles and bustling cities, where the stakes are life and death, and victory comes at a terrible price. Teerdhala has written a masterful debut full of breathless twists and turns and a romance to ignite the senses.” —Axie Oh, author of Rebel Seoul

Romantic intrigue and electric action fill the gripping sequel to The Tiger at Midnight, a world inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology. Perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Victoria Aveyard.

A stolen throne. A lost princess. A rescue mission to take back what’s theirs.

For Kunal and Esha, finally working together as rebels, the upcoming Sun Mela provides the perfect guise for infiltrating King Vardaan’s vicious court. Kunal returns to his role as dedicated soldier, while Esha uses her new role as adviser to Prince Harun to seek allies for their rebel cause. A radical plan is underfoot to rescue Jansa’s long-lost Princess Reha—the key to the throne.

But amidst the Mela games and glittering festivities, much more dangerous forces lie in wait. With the rebel’s entry into Vardaan’s court, a match has been lit, and long-held secrets will force Kunal and Esha to reconsider their loyalties—to their countries and to each other.

Getting into the palace was the easy task; coming out together will be a battle for their lives. In book two of Swati Teerdhala’s epic fantasy trilogy, a kingdom will fall, a new ruler will rise, and all will burn.

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Swati Teerdhala has created a world that draws on Hindu mythology and Indian History, which makes for one original storyline; touching on something that is not the most common in YA fantasy. The thing I loved most about this series was the world building with the political and religious aspects.

Archer at Dawn follows "The Viper", the assassin Esha; and a soldier, Kunal, who are from opposing kingdoms. The novel picks up right where Tiger at Midnight had left off. There is a lot of character development during their journey, and you get to see both views with the dual POV.

Kunal and Esha are both interesting characters with the right amount of romance that doesn't overshadow the story's plot. It has become one of my top underrated series this year, although I had some issues with the story, a big part being the pacing of the novel.

With a wonderful cliffhanger ending, this book leaves you wanting more, but I would still highly recommend picking up this book to read. 3 out of 5 stars.

Photo Content from Swati Teerdhala

Swati Teerdhala is the author of The Tiger at Midnight series, which has appeared on both Barnes and Noble and Book Riot’s Most Anticipated Novels lists.

After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BS in finance and BA in history, she tumbled into the marketing side of the technology industry. She’s passionate about many things, including how the right ratio of curd-to-crust in a lemon tart. She currently lives in New York City.
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Monday, June 1, 2020

Nerd Blast + Giveaway and Trailer: We Are Power by Todd Hasak-Lowy

Age Range: 10 - 14 years
Grade Level: 5 - 9
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 7, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 141974111X
ISBN-13: 978-1419741111

Praise for WE ARE POWER

"Nonviolence may have been the greatest invention of the twentieth century, more important than nuclear fission or genetic coding. It offers us the chance to build a working twenty-first century, and since young people will have to lead that fight, this book is a crucial gift!" —Bill McKibben, climate activist and author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

"I'm so glad this book exists! From the opening pages where we meet Gandhi, to the closing with Greta Thunburg, and in between with Alice Paul, Martin Luther King, Vaclav Havel, Ceasar Chavez, and others, it is beautifully written, informative, and so moving. Readers young and older will be inspired to rise up peacefully, to act, to change the world--to save the world." —Deborah Heiligman, author of Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of 'The Children'

A stirring look at nonviolent activism, from American suffragists to Civil Rights to the Climate Change Movement

We Are Power brings to light the incredible individuals who have used nonviolent activism to change the world. The book explores questions such as what is nonviolent resistance and how does it work? In an age when armies are stronger than ever before, when guns seem to be everywhere, how can people confront their adversaries without resorting to violence themselves? Through key international movements as well as people such as Gandhi, Alice Paul, Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, and Václav Havel, this book discusses the components of nonviolent resistance. It answers the question “Why nonviolence?” by showing how nonviolent movements have succeeded again and again in a variety of ways, in all sorts of places, and always in the face of overwhelming odds. The book includes endnotes, a bibliography, and an index.


"Hasak-Lowy's writing gives life to both the people and issues involved, taking time to explain historical backgrounds and the ways the lessons from one movement affected future ones." —Booklist

"Highly recommended for its outstanding treatment of the history of social justice. A good resource for student activists." —School Library Journal

"There has never been a time when a book is more relevant than this one." —School Library Connection

“A striking and very timely conclusion highlights teenage Greta Thunberg’s bold challenge to fight global climate change.” —Publishers Weekly

"This excellent, timely overview will open eyes and deserves a wide readership." —Kirkus

". . .Readers will gain new appreciation for how nonviolent methods, often inspired by other movements for justice, led to victories." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Photo Content from Todd Hasak-Lowy

I started writing fiction for adults, but now I write for younger readers, too. I've published two books for adults: a short story collection, THE TASK OF THIS TRANSLATOR (2005), and the novel CAPTIVES (2008). My first book for your younger readers, a middle grade novel called 33 MINUTES, was published in 2013. In 2015 I published a young adult novel, ME BEING ME IS EXACTLY AS INSANE AS YOU BEING YOU. That same year, a narrative memoir for ages 10 and up that I co-wrote with and about Holocaust survivor Michael Gruenbaum called SOMEWHERE THERE IS STILL A SUN came out. In early 2018 a young person's history of the women's suffrage movement, ROSES & RADICALS, which I co-wrote with Susan Zimet, was published. My latest book, WE ARE POWER: HOW NONVIOLENT ACTIVISM CHANGES THE WORLD, is coming out in April, 2020. In addition to writing, I teach literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and translate Hebrew literature into English. I live in Evanston, Illinois (just outside Chicago), with my wife, two daughters, a dog, and two cats.

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Olympic Games Readathon TBR

So the Olympic Games Readathon is hosted by Ishi Times. I've leaven the link to her announcement video so that you can look up the information for the readathon yourself, but basically you are competing in a challenge at Camp Half-Blood, and each cabin has their own challenges to read.

I'm part of Poseidon's team. So here are the challenges I must complete:

Read a Book set at Sea or on the Coast:

Read a Book where the Main Character uses a Sword:

Read a Book with a Non-Human Main Character:

Finish a Book in 3 Days:

Read a Book You Haven't Heard Much About:
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Advanced Challenges which I don't have to complete but am aiming to do:

Read a Book Published in Last 5 Years:
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Read a Book with Blue Cover:

Read a Book featuring Magical Creatures:
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#MakeYourMythTaker Character

Dear Reader,

When I found this diary washed up beside a shore, I was sorely tempted to read it. But I had my inhabitions. I mean, can you blame me, this is someone's diary, someone's personal thoughts and feelings. But temptation won over any inhabitions I had.

What you may read in here might bother you because of the atrocities, while others may read this diary and understand the pain and struggles of the writer. I guess that's for you to decide on your own. But before you do, I'm going to introduce our author just so you get an idea of what you might read in the diary.

Faylen the Fierce is a young elven pirate, well half-elven half-human, but she grew up in an elven clan. Her mother had been a city elf when she had met Faylen's father, one of the most dangerous pirates around. But there was one even more dangerous than him, The Grim Reaper. Faylen's father was killed in a battle against The Grim Reaper, and now Faylen has sworn revenge, so she set out to be the first elven pirate the kingdom had ever known all to take out The Grim Reaper.

This is her tale. We'll see where her story takes her.

Until the next time,

Yours Truly,
A Friend

And for those of you wondering, I will be posting a "Diary Page" after I complete each book to in a way conclude a step in her journey.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

#MakeYourMythTaker Readathon TBR

Ashleigh (A Frolic Through Fiction) is hosting a readathon for the entirety of June along with Charlotte, called the #MakeYourMythTaker. To give a quick summary, you are making a mythical character by the path you choose to follow during the readathon. There will be sixteen different characters you can make. There are four main paths: Warriors, Rogues, Royal Court, and Sorcerers, which each have four different paths.

I am going to leave a link down below to the twitter thread and the announcement YouTube video so that you can read more about it since there is a lot of information. That way you can read or watch to find out all of the details.

The path I will be following is that of the Pirate. Therefore my four prompts are as follows: read a book featuring water, read a book with a dark cover, read a book featuring a journey, and read a bargain book.

Read a Book with Water:

Read a Book with a Dark Cover:
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Read a Book with a Journey:

Read a Bargain Book:

I will be introducing my character tomorrow, so check it out and let me know what books you are reading if you are also participating in this readathon.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Nerd Blast + Giveaway: Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

Print Length: 432 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1419743201
Publisher: Amulet Books (April 14, 2020)
Publication Date: April 14, 2020
Sold by: Amazon Services LLC
Language: English

Praise for DEEPLIGHT

★ “Equal parts dazzling fantasy, swashbuckling adventure, and tender coming-of-age tale.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ “Monsters and mortals collide in this fantasy adventure that explores the hypnotic allure of fear, the adamant grip of the past, and the redeeming power of stories.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Glorious thematic complexity inhabits a wildly inventive world, with the menacing roils of a dangerous sea threatening the archipelago and touches of steampunk rounding out the fantastical elements." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Chilling and provocative, this dark fantasy will appeal to thrill seekers and cerebral tweens." —Booklist


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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea meets Frankenstein in Frances Hardinge’s latest fantasy adventure

The gods are dead. Decades ago, they turned on one another and tore each other apart. Nobody knows why. But are they really gone forever? When 15-year-old Hark finds the still-beating heart of a terrifying deity, he risks everything to keep it out of the hands of smugglers, military scientists, and a secret fanatical cult so that he can use it to save the life of his best friend, Jelt. But with the heart, Jelt gradually and eerily transforms. How long should Hark stay loyal to his friend when he’s becoming a monster—and what is Hark willing to sacrifice to save him?

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Photo Content from Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge is the winner of the Costa Book of the Year for The Lie Tree, one of just two young adult novels to win the major UK literary prize. Known for her beautiful use of language, Hardinge has written many critically acclaimed novels, including Cuckoo Song, Gullstruck Island, Fly by Night, Verdigris Deep, and Fly Trap. She lives in England. Visit the author at

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Tour + Review and Giveaway: Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (May 5, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250256526
ISBN-13: 978-1250256522

Praise for LAST GIRLS

"A riveting, pulse-pounding story about family, love, and what happens when the end of the world turns out to be the beginning. I loved the fierce, funny, and fantastic Juniper sisters." ―Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

"ABAO: All bets are off in this intense, action-packed thriller. Last Girls is both a sister story with heart and a deep-dive into Doomsday Prepper culture that will keep you up all night turning pages." ―Kelly deVos, author of Day Zero

"Last Girls is a harrowing view into a world where sisterly bonds are sealed in blood, and doomsday is only a breath away. Demetra Brodsky's portrayal of three girls living on the fringes of society, learning to question authority, identity, and the definition of family, kept me riveted until the final page." ―Gillian French, Edgar Award nominated author of The Missing Season and The Lies They Tell

"Tense and compulsively readable. . . I won’t be forgetting the Juniper sisters any time soon." ―Kara Thomas, author of The Cheerleaders

"This gripping thriller laced with dark family secrets had me tearing through the pages. .... prepare to stay up late reading this one!" ―Emmy Laybourne, international bestselling author of the Monument 14 trilogy

"Brodsky weaves a suspenseful tale reflective of the current political landscape, interwoven with Shakespearean subtext . . . this is a story of survival and figuring out who to trust in a world where the characters have been taught to trust no one." ―School Library Journal

"[this] effective mix of mystery, romance, and strong, capable young women is a real page-turner and will send fans back to Brodsky's first novel, Dive Smack (2018).” ―Booklist

Cover Artist: Dana Lédlová

No one knows how the world will end.

On a secret compound in the Washington wilderness, Honey Juniper and her sisters are training to hunt, homestead, and protect their own.

Train for every situation.

But when danger strikes from within, putting her sisters at risk, training becomes real life, and only one thing is certain:

Nowhere is safe.

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Sisterhood and Survival. This is the kind of book that I was searching for when I had the opportunity to read this book. This is a feel good book about the bond between sisters in a unique setting compared to most novels about sisterhood.

Honey, Blue, and Birdie are three sisters who live in a Community of doomsday preppers that are all focused on how to survive. Then things take a dark turn as the community they live in becomes dangerous. This book gives an interesting insight into the lives of doomsday preppers, and the way they live their lives.

This was such a different, but exciting new YA novel that is set apart from many other YA thrillers out there. Focusing on a topic that I have not had the privilege to read about in a YA book before. If you are seeking to read a book that is exciting and different, and that focuses on the life of individuals that may be either relatable to different than what you are used to, then you might want to pick up Last Girls. I would highly recommend. 4 out of 5 stars.

Photo Content from Demetra Brodsky

DEMETRA BRODSKY loves to write twisty thrillers about dark family secrets. She is an award-winning graphic designer & art director turned full-time. A first-generation Greek American and native of Massachusetts with a B.F.A from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Demetra now lives in Southern California where she's always exploring and researching, hunting for clues that might feed into her next book. Dive Smack, her debut YA Thriller, was a 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection, and an (ALAN) Pick (The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE).

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