Blog Tour | The Square Root of Summer | Harriet Reuter Hapgood

Square Root of Summer

The Square Root of Summer Blog Tour | This Is Who I Am Now

Guys, I’m incredibly excited to be participating in the blog tour for the debut from Harriet Reuter Hapgood, THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER (thanks, lovelies at Macmillan for inviting me)! I’ll be posting my review this week, but it’s a kind of  mind-bendy, emotional story about death and moving on and love, and it’s put Harriet Reuter Hapgood squarely on my radar for sure!

So, the cool thing about this blog tour is that it takes advantage of the very fun time capsule idea that plays an important part in the friendship (or more??) of Gottie and Thomas. While I wasn’t able to get an item in, I do get to answer these awesome questions that are very time capsule-ish. HUZZAH!

I answered the questions below about two months ago and again just today, so it’s like a time capsule of my feelings. Gottie and Thomas are a little more tangible with theirs in THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER, but as with all time capsules, physical things represent the emotions attached. THIS IS ALL SO FUN.

Without further ado from me, let’s get to the questions!

Square Root of Summer

March 2016: Generally speaking, always my family and friends. Even when they drive me nuts. Right now specifically? Pictures of the dogs I dog sit with my sister. I could be having the worst day, and one snap of them and I’m over it. Likewise any pictures of piglets. AND! The first sightings of the year of Cadbury Mini Wggs.

May 2016: Spring! I am a winter-lover, so I don’t mind the snow, but now that I’ve had a taste of some warm, beautiful days, all I want is more. Also, there’s a flowering bush in my front yard called a sweet viburnum. It only blooms once a year in early spring and it’s incredibly fragrant. When it’s blooming and I have my windows open, I can smell it in my bedroom. Heaven.

Square Root of Summer

March 2016: I am currently listening to the Outlander books via audio and I’m DYING. This is my first time rereading them all in a few years–in fact, it’s my first time rereading some of them period–and I’m in full Outlander immersion mode right now. As far as print books, I just finished THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD, and it was magnificent. I’m rereading the Wild Seasons series by Christina Lauren for some MAAJOR swoonage, and I’m DEVOURING the end of WINTER.

May 2016: OMG just started THE RAVEN KING. OMG. Still in Outlander audio mode as well. Just started DRUMS OF AUTUMN (that’s #4), and it’s the perfect escape.

Square Root of Summer

March 2016: I finalized some plans to go to BEA this year in Chicago! I’m always beyond ecstatic to see my girls, Brittany and Alyssa, so that’s really the most exciting part. On a personal family note, and maybe this is not a happy thing, but I’m looking forward to my dad being able to start some treatments for a health issue he’s having. Should be soon, and it should make him feel loads better.

May 2016: BEA! Still! I can’t believe it’s next week! I could use the break from life, let me tell you. (Also, dad started the treatments. Working like a charm so far!)

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March 2016: Things have been beyond stressful at work lately and that makes me incredibly anxious. It gets to the point where I dread having to go. I know that I can control a part of this, so I’m trying to focus on that, but some of it is out of my hands and that’s terrible.

I’m also worrying about my dad. He’s got some health issues that need dealing with and I just want him to start feeling better so that he can live forever and call me “kiddo” until the end of time.

May 2016: Things with my dad are getting better, so that’s something I’m worrying about less. Work can still be a stress bomb, but that’s easing up a little bit as well. On a completely superficial note, I’m worrying about how heavy my bags will be after BEA. I know. But I always wind up hurting my shoulder, and I am not grabby for things. 

Square Root of Summer

March 2016: Since my purse weighs roughly five pounds, a lot. At least one book, my Kindle…I’m basically prepared for anything at any time. I have a Tide stick, deodorant, a separate bag of lip balms and glosses, blotting papers, hand lotions, tampons, allergy medicine, baby powder, pens, tissues…I’m like a mom except without the kids.

May 2016: Pretty much the same. Creature of habit over here. 

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March 2016: My work environment. I love my coworkers; I spend more time with them than I do my own family, but DAMN. They are killing my spirit right now. QUIT IT, GUYS.

May 2016: Things with my dad are going well, but it’s been stressing my mom out a lot. She’s working hard and losing weight and just very raw, I think. I wish I could make things less overwhelming for her.

So that’s it! That is who I am now, in a nutshell. I loved answering these questions. It was very satisfying for me to reflect on the things that have changed since March and the things that have not. In general, this winter and early spring were tough for me. I was barely blogging, life was stressful, I had a ton of things on my mind that I couldn’t fix. But now, I’m feeling a little lighter and happier. A lot can change in just two months, friends!

Don’t forget to check out THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER by Harriet Reuter Hapgood! You guys will fall in love with Thomas and Gottie!

ALSO, don’t forget to visit Fierce Reads today to see a bunch of time capsule items submitted by my fellow blog tour participants, and check out the hashtags, #SquareRootofSummer and #thisiswhoIamnow!

Square Root of Summer

This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone’s heart is about to be broken.

The Square Root of Summer Harriet Reuter Hapgood
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Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten Bookworm Delights

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Bookworm Delights

Hello, dear ones! It’s been an age since I last posted, I know. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things now, and decided that there could be no better way to do that than with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday about Bookworm Delights! Basically, this is a rundown of some of my FAVORITE things about being a bookworm. As I’m sure you all can imagine, this list could be a lot longer.

Bookworm DelightsSpecial Editions

I’m a BIG book collector, guys. And I don’t just mean, “give me all the different books” kind. I’d say in the last year or so I’ve really gotten into collecting different editions of some of my favorites, and it’s become one of my favorite things to do as an avid reader and book lover. GIVE ME ALL THE BOOKS.

Bookworm DelightsDeckled Edge Pages

Ooooh, I love deckled edge pages! The texture feels nice on my fingers and also gives me this really old-school feeling while I read, like I’m holding an antique book or something.

Bookworm DelightEmbossed or Foiled Inside Covers

Taking off a book’s jacket and checking out the inside cover is one of the best parts about books, in my opinion. It’s such a cool secret thing. I especially love when it hints at something from the book, which they almost always do. So basically that means I love this all the time.

Bookworm DelightsMAPS

OF COURSE I LOVE MAPS. Maps are amazing. Not only are they practically helpful while you’re reading, but a lot of times they’re also aesthetically pleasing. They enhance my reading experience so much, and discovering new maps is one of the best things about being a bookworm.

Bookworm DelightsHandmade Bookmarks

I love me some handmade bookmarks! Etsy is a bookmark-lovers dream. One of my favorite stores for bookish handmade bookmarks is Skinny Hues–I love her watercolors and the paper she uses! (You can click on the image to go to her shop!) But really, any handmade bookmark will do it for me. I love the organic look of them.

Bookworm DelightsGushing Over Favorite Books

Isn’t this just the best thing? Finding someone who loves one of your favorite books as much as you do and getting all excited about your favorite parts and the things you love? I think it is. Having this kind of experience with other bookworms is such an important link between people, and it’s often–for me, anyway–the foundation of something that grows bigger and beyond books. THAT’S SPECIAL AF.

Bookworm DelightsSpine Cracking

Most bookworms might cringe at this, but rest assured: I don’t mean BREAKING the spine. I mean that sound a spine makes when a book is opened for the first time. When it’s FRESH out of the box or bag. It’s the bookworm equivalent of doing that crackle test on a loaf of bread. (You know that scene from Ratatouille?)

Bookworm DelightsUsed Bookstores

I don’t really have any used bookstores that are near me, but every time I visit Alyssa, we always make a trip to the Book Barn, and I never leave empty handed. As much as I love the feel of a new book, I also appreciate well-loved ones, and there’s always a few of those on the shelves. Also, used bookstores are great places for filling out collections.

Bookworm DelightsShelf Organizing

I don’t have enough shelves for all of my books, so this is more like my bookworm-ish daydream. But I do reorganize the shelves and piles I have, and it’s kind of sweaty (um, for me anyway), invigorating work. Who needs to do yard work when you can move piles of books around?

Bookworm DelightsReading Outside

Now that the weather is nicer, this is one of my favorite things to do. Take my book outside and devour a good chunk. I always read a ton when I’m outside. I have fewer distractions, and it’s perfect for totally getting lost in what I’m reading.

Book Review | The Love That Split the World | Emily Henry

I received this book for free from ALA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review | The Love That Split the World | Emily HenryThe Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Published by Razorbill on January 26, 2016
Genres: Contemporary YA, Young Adult
Pages: 396
Format: ARC
Source: ALA
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four-stars

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

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Waiting on Wednesday | Every Hidden Thing | Kenneth Oppel

Every Hidden Thing

Every Hidden Thing • Kenneth Oppel

Book cover Every Hidden Thing Kenneth Oppel

The hunt for a dinosaur skeleton buried in the Badlands, bitter rivalries, and a forbidden romance come together in this beautifully written new novel that’s Romeo and Juliet meets Indiana Jones.

Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in centuries-buried rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the late nineteenth century world has ever seen. Some legends call it the Black Beauty, with its bones as black as ebony, but to seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt it’s the “rex”, the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling, temperamental archaeologist father in the history books (and conveniently make his father forget he’s been kicked out of school), if they can just quarry it out.

But Samuel and his father aren’t the only ones after the rex. For Rachel Cartland this find could be her ticket to a different life, one where her loves of science and adventure aren’t just relegated to books and sitting rooms. Because if she can’t prove herself on this expedition with her professor father, the only adventures she may have to look forward to are marriage or spinsterhood.

As their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together. And with both eyeing the same prize, their budding romance seems destined to fail. But as danger looms on the other side of the hills, causing everyone’s secrets to come to light, Samuel and Rachel are forced to make a decision. Can they join forces to find their quarry—and with it a new life together—or will old enmities and prejudices keep them from both the rex and each other?

GUYS. Guys. We need to talk about EVERY HIDDEN THING. I’m dying over this right now. Indiana Jones? Late nineteenth century? Dinosaurs? Romeo & Juliet? Jesus! What awesome thing ISN’T in this book?! I NEED IT. I haven’t read anything by Kenneth Oppel, but this is going to be the first one for me. I’m flailing right now. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that sounds like this one, and I. AM. STOKED.

EVERY HIDDEN THING comes out October 11, 2016 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Every Hidden Thing Kenneth Oppel

Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten Books I Love But Haven’t Talked About Lately

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books I Love That I Haven’t Talked About Lately

Well, isn’t this topic super fun?! I love talking about books that I love, but I REALLY love shining light on books I love that have started to fade into the annals of my inner book hall of fame. These are some of my holy grail favorite books, guys. Not all of them, but some. I hope we can fangirl together over a few!

TTT_GracelingI know I’ve mentioned before how GRACELING was one of the first YA books I’ve ever read, but I’ll say it again: GRACELING was one of the first YA books I ever read. I think I remember seeing it mentioned in People Magazine, maybe, and I was intrigued. I bought my copy at Borders (RIP), and then proceeded to fall completely for Katsa, Po, and the world Kristin Cashore created. TTT_PoM When I first saw this week’s topic, the first book that came to mind was THE PROBABILITY OF MIRACLES by Wendy Wunder. I cried like a colicky infant when I read this book, and I still do think about the magical weirdness in it, as well as the heart-yanking sadness. TTT_EP It’s been a while since I talked about ELEANOR & PARK! I don’t know why! This book made such an impact on me because of both the excellent story and because it introduced me to Rainbow Rowell. TTT_Amy & Roger I’ve read AMY & ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR, no joke, at least five times. Roger Sullivan is the ULTIMATE good-guy book crush, and the road trip he and Amy take is so full of adventure and surprises and a slow-burn relationship that I LOVE. Plus the scrapbook pages and the playlists are incredibly fun. TTT_Monster Calls UGLY SOBSSSSS. I’ve had A MONSTER CALLS on the brain recently because of the movie trailer that came out maybe a month or so ago. It looks amazing, and it reminded me why I love this book so much: my feels barely survived. BARELY. This book is so profound and lovely and sad.
TTT_DOSAB This book sits on the end of one of my shelves and because of its place, I stare at often. GAH, I just love this whole series, but there is something really special about DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. Maybe it’s Brimstone, maybe it’s the Poison Kitchen. It’s most likely Karou and Akiva, though. (Full disclosure: You know how you can name your Apple devices? My computer is Karou.) Karou, Akiva, and the luscious language and world-building of Laini Taylor. Pro tip? The audiobooks are excellent. TTT_Champion To this day, CHAMPION remains one of the best series ending books I can remember reading. I cried, then I cried more, then the hope came. I loved Day and June from the beginning, but seeing them come completely full circle in CHAMPION was so special and satisfying. TTT_Night Circus Another amazing audiobook! Talk about magical. There’s been lots of name-dropping of THE NIGHT CIRCUS lately, and I have to admit, it’s a surefire way to get me interested in a book. It’s not easy for me to describe this book: there’s magic and romance and things that only exist in your wildest imagination. This is me waiting very impatiently for Erin Morgenstern’s next book. (THE NIGHT CIRCUS came out FIVE YEARS AGO OMG!) TTT_TSIEIf people ask my what my favorite book is, I’ll inevitably name either THE SCORPIO RACES (which escaped being on this list because I talk about it ALL THE TIME) and/or this, THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE. I’ve been really thinking about this one a lot lately, and haven’t reread it in awhile (I have read it, I think, six times). I LIVE for this book. LIVE!TTT_PenderwicksTHE PENDERWICKS is one of those books that I remember with so much fondness. The Penderwick sisters are so damn charming and heartwarming. Legit one of the brightest, sweetest MGs ever.

What are some of YOUR favorites?

Book Review | Winter | Marissa Meyer

Book Review | Winter | Marissa MeyerWinter by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 10, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 824
Format: Hardcover
Also in this series: Cinder, Scarlet, Cinder, Cress, Fairest
Also by this author: Cinder, Scarlet, Cinder, Cress, Fairest
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five-stars

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

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On the Same Page | The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer | Michelle Hodkin

on the same pageThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer • Michelle Hodkin

Guys, I was one of those people who’d never read THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER. I know. I’d heard good things, I’d heard great things, I’d heard meh things, but mostly I’d heard WTF JUST HAPPENED OMG things, and that got me excited. It didn’t disappoint. My mind was thoroughly screwed by the time I turned the last page. Like, BIG TIME. Like, WHATTTT DID I JUST READ. Isn’t that the best feeling?!

In direct contrast to this bananas book, I’m keeping it straightforward here and going to review town.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR

YASSS I LIVE FOR THESE LISTS. As usual, I cannot keep myself to the prescribed limits of this list. HOWEVER, I did way better than usual. Only one extra this time. Now, gimme all of them.

Spring TBR

Charged: Saints of Denver #2 • Jay Crownover • May 24

Spring TBR
The Raven King: The Raven Cycle #4 • Maggie Stiefvater • April 26
Spring TBR
The Passion of Dolssa • Julie Berry • April 12
Spring TBR
The Vanishing Throne: The Falconer #2 • Elizabeth May • June 7
Spring TBR
The King Slayer: The Witch Hunter #2 • Virginia Boecker • June 14
Spring TBR
Traitor Angels • Anne Blankman • May 3
Spring TBR
The Crown’s Game: The Crown’s Game #1 • Evelyn Skye • May 17
Spring TBR
The Unexpected Everything • Morgan Matson • May 3
Spring TBR
The Rose and the Dagger: The Wrath and the Dawn #2 • Renee Ahdieh • May 3
Spring TBR
Ivory and Bone • Julie Eshbaugh • June 14

Fantasy Gems

Fantasy Gems

Today during my random, unplug-my-brain Goodreads trolling, I came across the list, The Best Epic Fantasy. (And let me tell you: At the top of this list, there are about 20 links to OTHER LISTS with MORE FANTASY BOOKS on them. I die.) Obviously, I clicked on it immediately. And immediately I flew headlong down a rabbit hole of fantasy novels, some I’d heard of, others I had not. This list has over 2,000 books on 28 pages. It made me feel like an utter newb in the most AMAZING WAY. Because look at all these books! Look at all the cheesy covers with He-Man knock-offs on them! *clicks furiously* *adds everything to TBR*

As I was adding books left and right, I thought, “You know, some of your Goodreads peeps know about these books, but lots of them don’t, and what if they love fantasy as much as you do? Maybe you should share some!” So that’s what we’re doing here. I did not even make it past page 1, FYI, so there’s more mining to be done! But these are the handful of finds that made me the most excited today. I can’t guarantee that these are all still in print, so keep your eyes peeled the next time you are at your local used book store (for me, this is The Book Barn, which is actually in Connecticut, but let’s move on).

Taming the Forest King | Claudia J. Edwards

Book cover Taming the Forest King Claudia J. Edwards

The distant Forest Province had been torn apart by corruption and rebellion. On the direct orders of her king, Tevra, Colonel of the Light Cavalry, arrives in this strange land with instructions to restore order – at swordpoint, if need be.

Yet no steel blade can hold sway in a realm where shapes of death can be fashioned from the still of the air. And even the most ungodly works of the sorcerers pale before the mysterious powers of the Forest King himself – but is he Tevra’s ally, or her deadliest foe?

Dragons of Autumn Twilight: Dragonlance: Chronicles #1 | Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Book cover Dragons of Autumn Twilight Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

No one expected them to be heroes.

Least of all, them.

The Dragonbone Chair: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn #1 | Tad Williams

Book Cover The Dragonbone Chair Tad Williams

Kitchen-boy Simon is bored, restless, and 14 years old – a dangerous combination. It seems, however, that his life has just taken a turn for the better when he’s apprenticed to his castle’s resident wizard. As Simon’s learning to read and write under Doctor Morgenes’ tutelage, forces greater than he could possibly imagine are gathering: forces which will change Simon’s life – and his world – forever.

Following the death of Good King John, Osten Ard is plunged into civil war as his sons battle for control of the fabled Dragonbone Chair – the country’s throne as well as the symbol of its power. Simon is forced to flee the only home he has ever known, a journey which will test him beyond his worst nightmares.

With The Dragonbone Chair, Tad Williams introduced readers to the incredible fantasy world of Osten Ard and kicked off the beloved, internationally best-selling series Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.

Elric of Melniboné: Elric, #1 | Michael Moorcock

Book cover Elric of Melnibone Michael Moorcock

It is the colour of a bleached skull, his flesh; and the long hair that flows below his shoulders is milk-white. From the tapering, beautiful head stare two slanting eyes, crimson and moody….

He is Elric, Emperor of Melnibone, cursed with a keen and cynical intelligence, schooled in the art of sorcery — the hero of Michael Moorcock’s remarkable epic of conflict and adventure at the dawn of human history.

Green Rider: Green Rider #1 | Kristen Britain

Book cover Green Rider Kristen Britain

On her long journey home from school after a fight which will surely lead to her expulsion, Karigan G’ladheon ponders her future as she trudges through the immense forest called Green Cloak. But her thoughts are interrupted by the clattering of hooves as a galloping horse bursts from the woods, the rider slumped over his mount’s neck, impaled by two black-shafted arrows. As the young man lies dying on the road, he tells Karigan that he is a Green Rider, one of the legendary messengers of the king, and that he bears a “life and death” message for King Zachary. He begs Karigan to carry his message, warning her not to read it, and when she reluctantly agrees, he makes her swear on his sword to complete his mission “for love of country.” As he bestows upon her the golden winged-horse brooch which is the symbol of his office, he whispers on his dying breath, “Beware the shadow man…”

Karigan’s promise changes her life forever. Pursued by unknown assassins, following a path only her horse seems to know, and accompanied by the silent specter of the original messenger, she herself becomes a legendary Green Rider. Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, Karigan is hounded by dark beings bent on seeing that the message, and its reluctant carrier, never reach their destination.

The Briar King: Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone #1 | Greg Keyes

Book cover The Briar King Greg Keyes

Two thousand years ago, the Born Queen defeated the Skasloi lords, freeing humans from the bitter yoke of slavery. But now monstrous creature roam the land–and destinies become inextricably entangled in a drama of power and seduction. The king’s woodsman, a rebellious girl, a young priest, a roguish adventurer, and a young man made suddenly into a knight–all face malevolent forces that shake the foundations of the kingdom, even as the Briar King, legendary harbinger of death, awakens from his slumber. At the heart of this many-layered tale is Anne Dare, youngest daughter of the royal family…upon whom the fate of her world may depend.

The Diamond Throne / The Ruby Knight / The Sapphire Rose: The Elenium #1-3 | David Eddings

Book cover Elenium David Eddings

Now for the first time in one thrilling volume-the three magical novels that make up David Eddings’s epic fantasy The Elenium.
In an ancient kingdom, the legacy of one royal family hangs in the balance, and the fate of a queen-and her empire-lies on the shoulders of one knight.
Sparhawk, Knight and Queen’s Champion, has returned to Elenia after ten years of exile, only to find young Queen Ehlana trapped in a crystalline cocoon. The enchantments of the sorceress Sephrenia have kept the queen alive-but the spell is fading. In the meantime, Elenia is ruled by a prince regent, the puppet of the tyrannical Annias, who vows to seize power over all the land.
Now Sparhawk must find the legendary Bhelliom, a sapphire that holds the key to Ehlana’s cure. Sparhawk and his companions will face monstrous foes and evil creatures on their journey, but even greater dangers lie in wait: for dark legions will stop at nothing to reach the radiant stone, which may possess powers too deadly for any mortal to bear.

GUYS I CAN’T EVEN DEAL. There are still so many more. Have you read any of these? Are they good? What great epic fantasies am I missing? (I do have a TON on my TBR already.) These few are ones that I’ve never heard of before, although I have heard of a few of the authors. I can’t WAIT to dive back into this list and see what’s waiting on page 2.

Leave any of your findings or suggestions or thoughts in the comments!

(PS. Forgive the sometimes-wonky formatting. It’s nearly past my bedtime.)

Book Review | The Impostor Queen | Sarah Fine

I received this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review | The Impostor Queen | Sarah FineThe Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
Series: The Impostor Queen #1
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on January 5, 2016
Genres: Fantasy YA, Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: the publisher via Edelweiss
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five-stars

Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

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