Review of Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan (physical arc)

 

This is a book two, so there will be spoilers for book one in the synopsis and review.

 

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Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

 

In this mesmerizing sequel to the New York Times bestselling Girls of Paper and Fire, Lei and Wren have escaped their oppressive lives in the Hidden Palace, but soon learn that freedom comes with a terrible cost.

Lei, the naive country girl who became a royal courtesan, is now known as the Moonchosen, the commoner who managed to do what no one else could. But slaying the cruel Demon King wasn’t the end of the plan—it’s just the beginning. Now Lei and her warrior love Wren must travel the kingdom to gain support from the far-flung rebel clans. The journey is made even more treacherous thanks to a heavy bounty on Lei’s head, as well as insidious doubts that threaten to tear Lei and Wren apart from within.

Meanwhile, an evil plot to eliminate the rebel uprising is taking shape, fueled by dark magic and vengeance. Will Lei succeed in her quest to overthrow the monarchy and protect her love for Wren, or will she fall victim to the sinister magic that seeks to destroy her?

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Thank you Simon Teen, Little Brown, Albert Whitman, Bloomsbury Kids & Macmillan/Henry Holt

 

I’ve received some amazing book mail from publishers recently, and I wanted to publicly thank them.  Every single book I receive means the world to me.  I can’t even explain the excitement when I open a package, especially not knowing what it is.  Some of these were requested and others were surprises.

 

Thank you Simon Pulse!  

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Review of Swipe Right For Murder by Derek Milman (physical arc)

 

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Swipe Right For Murder by Derek Milman

 

On the run from the FBI.
Targeted by a murderous cult.
Labeled a cyber-terrorist by the media.
Irritated texts from his best friend.
Eye contact with a nice-looking guy on the train.
Aidan has a lot to deal with, and he’s not quite sure which takes top priority.

Finding himself alone in a posh New York City hotel room for the night, Aidan does what any red-blooded seventeen-year-old would do—he tries to hook up with someone new. But that lapse in judgement leads to him waking up next to a dead guy, which sparks an epic case of mistaken identity that puts Aidan on the run from everyone—faceless federal agents, his eccentric family, and, naturally, a cyber-terrorist group who will stop at nothing to find him.

He soon realizes the only way to stop the chase is to deliver the object everyone wants, before he gets caught or killed. But for Aidan, the hardest part is knowing who he can trust not to betray him—including himself.

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Thank you Jimmy Patterson Books & Macmillan!

 

I received a lot of ARCs last week and wanted to thank the publishers.

 

First, thank you to Derek who made sure I got a copy of his upcoming book.  Thank you to James Patterson Presents/Hachette/Little Brown.

 

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Review of Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (physical arc)

 

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

 

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.

But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

TW: violence and sexual abuse.

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Thank you Jimmy Patterson Books/Little Brown!

 

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Just a quick thank you to Jimmy Patterson Books for sending this arc of Escaping From Houdini!  Many of you know that this is a favorite series of mine.  I already finished this and can’t wait to share my review with you (next month for a blog tour).

 

Have you read this yet?  What did you think?