Are You Feeling Lucky Book Exchange!

Are you feeling lucky is a book exchange hosted by the lovely Gail over at Ticket to Anywhere!

I received The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski from the wonderful Lauren (@laurayjames) over at  loveisnotatriangle.com. I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile and now that the trilogy is out I can’t wait to read all of the books. Did I mention that not only did she get me a book I’ve been wanting to read, but it was also signed! This was so special to me because I live in DE and authors don’t really come to my area, so getting a signed book is very difficult. Lauren was so generous and gave me a bunch of ARCs too! Thank you again so much!!!

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Ok so onto The Winner’s Curse! I am really enjoying this book. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, so I’m only about half way through right now, but I’m loving it. Note, all these opinions have are from only reading half of the first book. I don’t know what happens in later chapters or if the characters change. Anyway, on with the show!

The world of this book is very interesting. There are the Herrani (slaves), who used to rule the land, and the Valorian’s. Kestrel is a Valorian and her father is the general of their army. She leads a privileged life and is very wealthy. She lost her mother at a young age and her father has tried to train her as a warrior. She is strong, determined and intelligent. The other main character Arin is Herrani. Kestrel buys him in an auction. From there their relationship grows.

I have to say that I agree with pretty much everyone and I love Kestrel and Arin. I love the dynamic between them, how they push each other, and their banter. I especially love when they play Bite and Sting! Where I’m at in the book, Arin is helping the opposition to Kestrel’s father. I can’t wait to see what unfolds there and between Kestrel and Arin in the next two books.

In a way I feel like I identify with Kestrel. We’re both not into society, etiquette, or dressing up. I like that she can fight if need be and that she’s intelligent. It’s nice seeing a strong female character. I feel like they’re becoming more prevalent in literature, which is amazing. Any who, on with the book. I like Arin because he doesn’t back down and he’s intelligent. He has honor and fights for what he believes in.

I really enjoy some of the secondary characters as well. Kestrel’s friendship with Jess is how I think most seventeen year olds are. They support each other and also push each other. I also like Jess’s brother Ronan. You can tell he likes Kestrel as more than a friend, but he’s not pushing her. They also have a nice banter going on. They kind of remind me of Rose and Adrian from The Vampire Academy (and Arin is Dimitri). I feel I love triangle coming on there.

Well I can’t wait to finish this book and continue on with The Winner’s Crime and The Winner’s Kiss! Thank you Gail for having this book exchange and Lauren for sending me this fabulous book and all the others!

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The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander

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I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this. The synopsis caught my attention and I’m so glad I was able to read it early. The book was well thought out and written. I love that Elise, the main character, wasn’t perfect (tall, skinny, & stereotypically beautiful). She had flaws and was proud of them. I honestly really enjoyed most of the characters in the book, save for a few bad apples (Alisa and Lara). I also love how the author intertwined this coming of age story (Elise finding herself) with the death of her twin and mystery behind it.

Another thing I really liked about the book is that it dealt with so many issues. Tough issues that a lot of books don’t have. (Death, social isolation, anorexia, cheating, bullying, etc.) I know it’s hard for some to read books with these and other topics, but I think having them makes the story seem more real. It allows the reader to have a deeper connection.

I really enjoyed reading about free diving, which plays a major role in the story. I’ve heard of it before, but didn’t know much about it. It was fun learning a little about it and finding out how much work goes into it. I also liked that it took place in Scotland. When I finished the book I looked up the towns mentioned and now I want to visit them to see the beauty of the land and water for myself.

Overall I thought this was a great book. A little mystery, a bit of a love story, the struggle of family dynamics, and a coming of age story all rolled nicely into one lovely book.

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Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this book early.

The Queen’s Poisoner – Excerpt #2!!!

I hope y’all have been enjoying all of the posts about The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler! Here’s may last one with an excerpt from chapter 28! Don’t forget about the giveaway at the end!

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Excerpt:

The wild frenzied feeling of plummeting reminded him partway down that he should be terrified, but then the shock of cold water met his face and he plunged into its depths. His feet touched the bottom of the cistern. His hand still gripped hers.

Owen opened his eyes and found himself surrounded by a pile of treasure. He felt a huge burst of excitement in his ribs as he stared at the sword hilts, the jewels and necklaces. The Mortimer girl was tugging at his hand and trying to swim up, but he pulled back, not wanting to lose sight of the treasure. There was so much! But then he noticed something awry. There was a gap in the treasure, as if someone had dragged a rake through it. No, that wasn’t it. One of the chests appeared to have been dragged back towards the stairs. The dragging motion had cleared a path through the bounty and knocked other bits over.

His companion was yanking hard on his hand now, and when he looked up, he saw bubbles were coming out of her mouth, obscuring her face.

Owen wanted to stay down and figure out what had happened to the treasure, but they both needed to breathe. He pushed with his legs and they started towards the surface. As they moved through the water, a loud grinding noise filled his water-soaked ears.

When Owen’s face broke the surface, he gulped in a chest full of air to stop his lungs from burning. The Mortimer girl was spluttering and paddling on the waters.

“Owen! Did you hear that noise?”

Owen looked and saw they were farther away from stairs. In fact, they were gliding away from it at a fast pace.

“What’s wrong?” Owen asked, kicking around. The water was tugging them deeper into the dark cistern.

ABOUT THE QUEEN’S POISONER

As usurper of the throne, the rule of King Severn Argentine’s is already highly contested. To keep his power, King Argentine rules with an iron fist and destroys any opposition. In a failed coup attempt the Duke of Kiskaddon loses his son as a permanent prisoner to the king to ensure his loyalty.

THE QUEEN’S POISONER follows the Duke’s young son Owen on his journey for redemption and revenge as he figures out how to survive the court of Kingfountain. In order to keep his head and gain the merciless king’s favor, Owen must delve deeper into the world of mystery and secrecy that surrounds him. Readers will be clamoring for the next installment of The Kingfountain Series.

wheeler-photo-kimbillsJeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to become a full-time author. He is, most importantly, a husband and father, and a devout member of his church. He is occasionally spotted roaming among the oak trees and granite boulders in the hills of California or in any number of the state’s majestic redwood groves. He is the author of The Covenant of Muirwood Trilogy, The Legends of Muirwood Trilogy, the Whispers from Mirrowen Trilogy, and the Landmoor Series.

You can follow him @muirwoodwheeler

Here’s the GIVEAWAY!!!! 

And the links to buy it! Amazon | B&N

The Queen’s Poisoner – Excerpt!

Hi Y’all,

I’m back again with an excerpt from The Queen’s Poisoner (Book 1 of The Kingfountain Series) by Jeff Wheeler. The excerpt is from chapter 17 and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end!

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Excerpt:

A sound whispered from the corridor behind him. It was a footfall. Not the sound of a boot in the corridor beyond the wall. The sound of someone approaching within the tunnel. It was coming from behind him.

The queasiness blossomed inside Owen and a cold sweat started on his brow. Going back was no longer an option. The tunnel was narrow and there was no place to hide, so Owen hurried forward, hoping to find an escape into the main palace corridor. It would be infinitely better to be punished for wandering the hall at night than to be caught in the Espion corridor. His little heart started to hammer wildly in his chest and the blackness in front of him became even darker somehow.

He heard the footfalls again, coming closer.

The boy was starting to panic. Ankarette had warned him this could happen. She had told him it was dangerous to wander the tunnels alone and that he needed to be very cautious and always listen for sounds that were out of place. Such as the footfalls behind him.

The narrow pinch of the corridor suddenly filled in ahead of Owen, the walls closing like an arrowhead. It ended abruptly and finally. It was a dead-end.

ABOUT THE QUEEN’S POISONER

As usurper of the throne, the rule of King Severn Argentine’s is already highly contested. To keep his power, King Argentine rules with an iron fist and destroys any opposition. In a failed coup attempt the Duke of Kiskaddon loses his son as a permanent prisoner to the king to ensure his loyalty.

THE QUEEN’S POISONER follows the Duke’s young son Owen on his journey for redemption and revenge as he figures out how to survive the court of Kingfountain. In order to keep his head and gain the merciless king’s favor, Owen must delve deeper into the world of mystery and secrecy that surrounds him. Readers will be clamoring for the next installment of The Kingfountain Series.

wheeler-photo-kimbillsJeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to become a full-time author. He is, most importantly, a husband and father, and a devout member of his church. He is occasionally spotted roaming among the oak trees and granite boulders in the hills of California or in any number of the state’s majestic redwood groves. He is the author of The Covenant of Muirwood Trilogy, The Legends of Muirwood Trilogy, the Whispers from Mirrowen Trilogy, and the Landmoor Series.

You can follow him @muirwoodwheeler

Here’s the GIVEAWAY!!!! 

And the links to buy it! Amazon | B&N

The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler

Hi y’all!

Today I’m spotlighting a new book by Jeff Wheeler titled The Queen’s Poisoner! Below is the beautiful cover, synopsis, buy links and a GIVEAWAY!!! It’s on sale today!

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ABOUT THE QUEEN’S POISONER

As usurper of the throne, the rule of King Severn Argentine’s is already highly contested. To keep his power, King Argentine rules with an iron fist and destroys any opposition. In a failed coup attempt the Duke of Kiskaddon loses his son as a permanent prisoner to the king to ensure his loyalty.

THE QUEEN’S POISONER follows the Duke’s young son Owen on his journey for redemption and revenge as he figures out how to survive the court of Kingfountain. In order to keep his head and gain the merciless king’s favor, Owen must delve deeper into the world of mystery and secrecy that surrounds him. Readers will be clamoring for the next installment of The Kingfountain Series.

wheeler-photo-kimbillsJeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to become a full-time author. He is, most importantly, a husband and father, and a devout member of his church. He is occasionally spotted roaming among the oak trees and granite boulders in the hills of California or in any number of the state’s majestic redwood groves. He is the author of The Covenant of Muirwood Trilogy, The Legends of Muirwood Trilogy, the Whispers from Mirrowen Trilogy, and the Landmoor Series.

You can follow him @muirwoodwheeler

Here’s the GIVEAWAY!!!! 

And the links to buy it! Amazon | B&N