‘Detecting is all very well when it is about the puzzle, but when it truly becomes about a body I like it far less.’ It’s Christmas, so Hazel and Daisy are off to spend the festive period in Cambridge with Daisy’s brother Bertie and their […]
I’ve been teaming up with Entangled Teen for a few weeks now, participating in a range of exciting cover reveals for their upcoming releases. Last week, I shared the cover for Echoes by Alice Reeds with you, while this week I’m excited to be showing off the cover for Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga.
Kiss of the Royal isn’t being released until July 3rd, but you can start getting excited today by scrolling down to see the absolutely gorgeous cover…
Isn’t it pretty?! I love the tagline, I love the colours, and I particularly love how intricate the engravings on the dagger hilt are.
In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled sill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair – but try convincing Zach of that.
Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of live, and love is the most powerful weapon they have – but try convincing Ivy of that.
With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan – but try convincing their hearts of that.
Isn’t that such an adorable synopsis? I’m already rooting for Ivy and Zach, and I can’t wait to see how everything unfolds.
If you’re interested in reading Kiss of the Royal, click on the book’s cover to check it out on Goodreads. You can also pre-order a copy today using my Amazon affiliate link or through Barnes & Noble (or you can purchase an eBook copy via iBooks or Kobo).
About the author:
Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.
Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.
I hope you enjoyed this cover reveal! Are you getting excited to read Kiss of the Royal?
Fresh from finishing their biggest UK headline tour to date, Dead! were the heaviest band on this line-up and they took advantage of that fact from the word go. Kicking off their set with The Boys The Boys – a song reminiscent of Kids In Glass Houses’ Animals […]
Welcome to my stop on the Strange the Dreamer blog tour! To celebrate the release of the paperback edition of Strange the Dreamer, I’m sharing my review of the first book in Laini Taylor’s duology (the sequel, The Muse of Nightmares, is being released on October 2nd).
“You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.”
“Beautiful and full of monsters?”
“All the best stories are.”
About the book:
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly in choosing him. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
Welcome to Weep.
Strange the Dreamer is beautifully written. Laini Taylor’s storytelling is lyrical and poetic, painting exquisite landscapes and rendering a cast of three-dimensional characters that it’s impossible to resist caring about. The language absorbs you, and – just as Lazlo struggles to distinguish dreams from reality – it’s difficult to pull yourself away from the world of Weep and back into reality.
This book epitomises the term ‘slow burn’ in the sweetest kind of way. It takes a while for Lazlo to embark on his journey to Weep, it takes time to learn exactly why the outsiders – faranji – have been invited to Weep, and it takes even longer for Sarai and Lazlo (the two protagonists) to meet. However, because of how vibrant and descriptive the narration is, it doesn’t matter that there are swathes of time where nothing really happens. The story is so captivating that you hardly even realise that the descriptive passages stretch on for as long as they do. It’s impossible to get bored while reading Strange the Dreamer, but I also wouldn’t suggest rushing it: at just over 500 pages long, it’s worth savouring it and taking your time to fully imagine each of the locations that Lazlo visits.
It’s hard to say more without giving away major plot points, and I think that it’s important for you to discover Strange the Dreamer in your own time. I knew hardly anything about it going in and I loved it all the more for how unexpected the twists and turns were. I’d highly suggest avoiding spoilers and exploring the Weep without preconceptions, because I guarantee that you’ll be blown away (even if fantasy isn’t normally your thing – I sometimes struggle with it, but reading Strange the Dreamer was like slipping into a perfectly heated bath).
Finishing this book made me feel bereft, and I can’t remember the last time I was so excited to read a sequel. The events of the last few chapters meant it was possible to make the book into a standalone, but I trust Taylor to have enough content to continue the story of Weep. Although I haven’t read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy yet, that has been pushed up my list of priorities: no other novel has captivated me quite as intensely, and I’m hoping that Taylor’s earlier releases will contain the same magic.
If you’re interested in learning more about Strange the Dreamer, check it out on Goodreads. If you decide to buy a copy, please consider using my Amazon affiliate link: I’ll earn a few pennies from your purchase. Thank you!
I hope you enjoyed this review! Have you read Strange the Dreamer yet, or are you trying to wait until The Muse of Nightmares is released so that you can binge them?
Welcome back to The Bumbling Blogger for another exciting collaboration with Entangled Teen. Last week, I participated in the cover reveal for Lisa Brown Roberts’ Spies, Lies, and Allies – check it out if you missed it. Today, I’m revealing the cover for Echoes by Alice Reeds, which is […]
‘Look, you probably bought this book because you read the blurb about how I’m an impoverished orphan and also at the heart of a national slut-shaming scandal, and you thought, oh great, this is just the kind of hart-wrenching tale I need to feel better about my own life, but seriously, you have to relax. I’m not some pitiful Oliver-Twist-meets-Kim-Kardashian-type figure. If you’re seeking a nice cathartic cry, I’m not your girl.’
Despite losing her parents at five years old and being raised by her grandmother, Izzy O’Neill has a pretty sweet life. She won’t be able to afford to go to college, but at least she has the love of her two best friends, Ajita and Danny, and her love of comedy to get her through.
Then Danny starts acting weird, making things uncomfortable for their little tripod. Ajita thinks he likes her, but Izzy dismisses the idea: he’s practically her brother. That would just be gross. And anyway, Izzy has a burgeoning crush on class clown Carson Manning.
When Izzy sleeps with two guys at one party, she doesn’t think anything of it. She’d prefer it if Carson didn’t find out that she had sex with Vaughan, the senator’s son, earlier in the evening, but it was her choice and she doesn’t regret it. A vagina’s gotta do what a vagina’s gotta do!
Until someone starts a site called Izzy O’Neill: World Class Whore, featuring tales of Izzy’s sexploits, intimate details which no one should know… And pictures of her and Vaughan doing it at the party.
The Exact Opposite of Okay deserves an award for Most Quotable Book Ever Published. In fact, I’m going to put my five favourite quotes from the novel at the bottom of this review, because Laura Steven’s writing is utterly relatable.
There were moments when I was struck by how deeply I connected with Izzy, and I’m certain that there will be multiple occasions when you find yourself thinking, “I thought I was the only one that did/felt that!”. It’s reassuring, and means it could also win an award for Most Relatable Book Ever Published. It’s going to become the bible of teenage girls across the globe.
Although Laura Steven is from the UK, The Exact Opposite of Okay is set in an American state where revenge porn is still legal. As more states are outlawing this heinous act every day, this book couldn’t have been released at a more appropriate time. Hopefully it will be completely irrelevant within a couple of years; not because it’s not worth reading, but because revenge porn shouldn’t be thing that people can get away with. It would be wonderful to read this book knowing that the culprit would face consequences for their actions no matter where the events took place.
Steven makes sure to emphasise the fact that Izzy is not to blame for what happens to her, and I’m hoping that the message will hit home with her readers. If this happens to you, it’s not your fault. If it happens to someone close to you, support them! It’s easy to judge people, but it’s not right.
This is a book that everyone should read. It’s as simple as that. I wish it had been published when I was a teenager, because as well as tackling slut-shaming and revenge porn, it also debunks the myth that you need to know what you’re doing with your life at such a young age. I still don’t know what I’m doing with my life, and I’m 22 next month! Reading The Exact Opposite of Okay has made me realise that it’s okay to not know what I want to be when I grow up: as long as I do things I enjoy and keep my friends close, that’s all that really matters.
Without further ado, here are my five favourite quotes from The Exact Opposite of Okay:
‘It’s funny that the horny teenager stereotype tends to refer only to boys. Things I have been aroused by lately: cherry-flavored lip balm, a fluffy blanket, a particularly phallic lamppost.’
‘”So hey,” he says, slurring his words slightly. “I found your blog.”
Any blogger in the history of the internet will understand the sheer horror and humiliation associated with this sentence. It is the stuff of nightmares. It is legitimately enough reason to load yourself into a cannon and fire yourself into the ocean, clutching your laptop to your lifeless chest.’
‘I honestly believe there are not many people on this planet that I would not kiss. It’s just not a big deal to me.’
‘I’ve always been the kind of overthinker who has full-blown confrontations with people entirely in my brain. Sometimes I even imagine myself into a bad mood with a person even though they’re entirely unaware that we fell out inside my head.’
“How the hell are we supposed to have it all figured out by the age of eighteen? We don’t even know who we are yet, and still we’re expected to choose what we want to do with the next fifth years. It’s madness.”
Okay, I’m struggling to narrow it down to just five quotes – it’s genuinely THAT quotable! – so here’s one more gem for you:
‘The way the world treats teenage girls – as sluts, as objects, as bitches – is not okay.
It’s the exact opposite of okay.’
I got my proof of The Exact Opposite of Okay at YALC back in July, so these quotes might not be 100% accurate when compared with a finished copy of the novel (but I haven’t had a chance to get hold of one yet, so forgive me if there are any discrepancies!).
If you’re interested in learning more about The Exact Opposite of Okay, check it out on Goodreads. If you decide to buy a copy, please consider using my Amazon affiliate link: I’ll earn a few pennies from your purchase. Thank you!
I hope you enjoyed this review. Have you read The Exact Opposite of Okay yet, or are you going to rush out and buy a copy as soon as you can?
I didn’t realise I’d skipped the fourth book in the Autumn series – Autumn: Disintegration – until I was over halfway through Autumn: Aftermath. It doesn’t seem as though I missed anything, though. A new group was introduced in the fourth installment, but they don’t appear until […]