Blog Tour: The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (Review and Interview!)

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Star Touched Queen

Author: Roshani Chokshi
Pages: 352 
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you're only seventeen? Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire... But Akaran has its own secrets -- thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself. A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-Touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget. 

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I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts are not altered by that.

I knew The Star Touched Queen was going to be an interesting book from when I read the synopsis. There is just so much from the synopsis that leaves you asking questions about this book and wanting to find out more about it. More about Maya's curse, more about Akaran, and Maya's life in general. The Star Touched Queen delivered such a great story. It had a really interesting plot and a world that I would definitely not mind having a spin off take place in. (Update: Turns out Roshani will be having a spin off of The Star Touched Queen. Whoo!) Roshani had really great writing and I really enjoyed the characters she wrote about. If you're looking for a really suspenseful and mysterious novel with based on a really interesting Indian folktale, I would definitely hand you The Star Touched Queen.

So, you can obviously tell I loved this book. One of the reasons was because of how great and interesting the characters were. From the beginning, we already know Maya is cursed with a horrible horoscope, which is taken really seriously by the people in Maya's life. She really grows within this book, which is one of the highlights. She gets to know herself more and also gets to experience what it is like to not live in her palace walls. I really love how she doesn't take crap from anyone. All her life people have been putting her down because of her horoscope and that leads to her development of relying on herself to get through tough situations. She is so independent and I really love that about her. There are so many other characters introduced in this book and they were all so interesting and all I loved how different from each other they were. No character was every similar to the next one. Interesting characters for an interesting book, am I right? I also really loved reading about how they impacted the plot and Maya's life.

Now, here is my favorite part about this book. The plot. Going into this book, I didn't know much on what was going to happen. I only had so many questions that needed to be answered. As the book progresses, it get's more and more mysterious. That really added more suspense and made the book really hard to put down. That's really all I could say. Some books I could write paragraphs on how good it was but with Star Touched, there isn't much to say because it's very easy to describe. Basically, the more pages you read in, the more questions you have and the more the suspense will build up.

I gave this book 5 stars because I fully enjoyed it. It had awesome characters, a great world, and a really suspenseful plot.

Sunday Street Team: The Island by S Usher Evans (Review and Giveaway!)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! Today, I am here with a super exciting review for a book I really really enjoyed. If you like reading about people trying to survive, this book is definitely for you. And you can also enter to win a copy of the book and some swag as well. Enjoy the review and definitely check out The Island if you haven't already!

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The Island

Author: S Usher Evans
Pages: 260
Publisher: Sun's Golden Ray Publishing
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in. Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country's independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors. When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian's medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo's survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain. Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart? The Island is the first in a new romance trilogy by S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series and Empath.

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I got an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. None of my thoughts are altered by this.

I have only read a few books where the main characters get stranded on some type of deserted island and need to survive. The interesting thing about those kind of books is that they are easily very boring. However, that was certainly not the case for The Island. There were constantly things happening and obstacles being thrown to characters and this book never really did get boring. It was a really enjoyable read and I look forward to continuing on with this series. It seems to be headed in a really great direction and I am really looking forward to seeing what the next book will be about and what shall happen. If you like books that feature two very interesting characters stuck on a island, definitely check out The Island because it may just be for you.

One of the reasons why I thought The Island was a really interesting book was because of how awesome these characters were. Galian and Theo are both such different characters, which is not surprising seeing as though both characters have come from such different backgrounds. I really liked how optimistic and positive Galian (usually) was and how serious and tough Theo was. Yeah, these two had really different personalities so it was interesting to see their relationship develop and read about how that happened. When you're trapped on an island with someone, you might as well start accepting them for who they are because being on a deserted island is already hell, being on a deserted island with someone you dislike is even worse. I really love how both characters change a bit more through the whole story. Theo is able to learn a little about optimism from Galian and Galian really gets an eye opening about life from Theo. Both characters really develop through this book and I really look forward to seeing how that will affect the next book and the rest of the series.

Plot wise, this book really opened up readers to see what the rest of the series will be about and how events from the first book may even affect the book after the sequel. I mentioned in the first paragraph that reading about Galian and Theo on that island never really got boring and part of that is because there was always something happening. I really admire Evans's planning and plotting of this book because the problems that Galian and Theo encountered were so well planned out the author never really lets you get too comfortable on this island. And everything, every problem and situation, went toward the big problem, the one that is going to follow through the series, which is something I really appreciate because every event was meant for the story, it wasn't just there because why not.

There are really only a few things that could have made this book a little better than it was. For one, I felt like some parts in the writing got a bit stiff. To me, it got a little awkward reading some of the dialouge because it didn't sound as realistic as it could have been. Didn't hinder my enjoyment too much but that did stick out to me. Another thing that would have made the book a little better is if there was a little mention of a period. Yes, you heard it I am talking about the monthly bleeding that happens for every girl. This definitely is not the first book I have read where a period was not even mentioned in the book so I'm not surprised that happened. It would have been awesome if something like that became a little problem for Theo though because periods and puberty is sooooo overlooked in YA.

I gave this book 4 stars! I really enjoyed the characters, plot, and am excited to continue with the rest of this series.

Interview with Burning Glass Author, Kathryn Purdie!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Hey everyone and welcome to a very exciting interview with BURNING GLASS author Kathryn Purdie! Today, she talks a little about herself, her book and it's characters and world. I hope you enjoy and make sure to check out BURNING GLASS if you haven't heard of it yet!

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1. Hi Kathryn and welcome to Next Page Please! Thank you so much for being here today. Let's start this interview with a question to get to know you better! What do you like doing when you're not writing?

Thanks so much for having me here! When I’m not writing (let’s be honest, hardly ever), I love to binge-watch TV shows with my husband, see all the latest movies (we’re actors, so this is ART), drive up the canyon, and play guitar and sing.

2. What is something you're excited for readers to read about in Burning Glass? (A character, event, place, etc.)

Hmm. For me it’s not so much a character, place, or event I’m most excited about sharing…it’s the whole feeling of the story that I want readers to take away with them. I hope it’s fertile ground for deep thought, empowerment, and lovely escapism.

3. What has been your favorite part about publishing your book?

My favorite part has been meeting more authors and publishing professionals in the industry. But my favorite moment was running into the bookstore with my family, just minutes before closing, and seeing my book on the bookshelf for the first time. I jumped up and down and started squealing and clapping.

4. If Sonya came to our world, what do you think she would feel about it and what would be the first thing she would do?

Oh, that’s painful to think about! Our world is so noisy, overcrowded, and full of tension. I think Sonya would run for the mountains and hide away for a while, and then slowly acclimate herself to entering the bigger cities, like dipping her toe into a cold pool of water before jumping in. I think Sonya would also find respite in music. She’d probably buy some noise-blocking headphones and download a ton of calming songs.

5. Thank you so much for being here Kathryn and congrats on Burning Glass's publication! For my final question, I would love to know what the first thing you would do if you were dropped into the Burning Glass world?

Ooh, fun! I have to admit, I’d want to tour the palace in Torchev. Even though it’s full of corruption, I’d want to see every inch of that beautiful and fascinating place that I’ve imagined so vividly in my head.

The Hamilton Book Tag

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hello everyone and welcome to a super exciting tag post! The Hamilton Tag, whooo! I have recently (lol 2 months ago) become obsessed with Hamilton so I thought it was very right to be doing this tag, also Xan from Twirling Pages tagged me in this tag so there was no way I couldn't do this tag after that. I had a really fun time answering these questions based on songs that I love and I hope you enjoy. If you haven't listened to Hamilton then GET ON TO ITTT! DON'T WAIT FOR IT! DON'T THROW AWAY YOUR SHOT TO LISTEN TO IT BECAUSE WE'RE SO LUCKY TO BE ALIVE RIGHT NOW AROUND THE SAME TIME HAMILTON IS A THING. Don't throw away your shot at this great musical and just a warning, you will probably never be satisfied by it. Enjoy the tag and watch out for spoilers!

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The Room Where It Happens - Book world you would put yourself in

This book is pretty much a no-brainer for me. DUH HARRY POTTER! I love the Harry Potter world and I have always wanted to go to Hogwarts, hang out at Hogsmeade, and experience what it is like on the train to Hogwarts. With the new Harry Potter land at Universal Studios opening up in LA, I am only one step closer to being able to experience the Harry Potter land but I will never be satisfied.

The Schuyler Sisters: Favorite female friendship

There are so many good books with really strong friendships between two ladies but my favorite has to be Samantha and Annamae from Under a Painted Sky. I mean, these two came from two totally different backgrounds but were such good friends to each other as they went through traveling West and it was so great to read about them becoming friends through the book.

Blog Tour: Dreamology by Lucy Keating (Review and Giveaway!)

Friday, April 8, 2016

Hey everyone and welcome to my blog tour stop for Lucy Keating's Dreamology! Today, I am excited to be talking about my thoughts on the book and also be offering someone a copy of Dreamology. Make sure you enter because Dreamology is such an awesome book and everyone should read it. Make sure you check out the rest of the tour, and this tour is hosted by the Fantastic Flying Book Club.

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Dreamology

Author: Lucy Keating
Pages: 336
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 12th 2016
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For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist. But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their. waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?


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I got this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. None of my thoughts are altered by this.

I think it is really safe to say that I really loved Dreamology. Lately, it's been a real struggle for me to read but guys, I was able to finish Dreamology in one day. Yeah, less than 24 hours and I was done with this book, which is pretty amazing for me because usually it takes me a whole week now. The thing that really attracted me to Dreamology was how interesting it sounded. The fact that Alice's boy of her dreams (literally), who she thought only existed in her dreams suddenly shows up at her new school was just something I wanted to read. Another thing I really loved about this book was that it was really funny. There were moments that I had laughed out loud and I really loved Alice's witty personality. If you're looking for a funny contemporary with some cute romance, definitely check out Dreamology because you may just like it as much as I did!

I knew the characters in this book were going to be pretty interesting based on the synopsis. Especially because it had mentioned that Max in real life was a lot different compared to Max in Alice's dreams and I definitely think that is pretty true. It was really awesome to get to know real life Max though because there were definitely some interesting parts to him. In the end, I think he is a pretty awesome character and what I especially like is that he takes care of himself and the other people that he loves. I feel like I have constantly encountered characters who never care for himself and make their health and education their first priority. I really liked how Max put himself first in situations that involved his well-being and I really appreciate Amy including that in his personality because that quality lacks in YA characters.

As for Alice, she was an interesting main character and I love how she grew a bit within this book. The fact that Max was a real person definitely affected her, seeing as though Max was her one escape, the one constant thing of her life. It was nice getting to read about her story though. Her experiences with Dream Max, how she handles meeting Real Max, and also her witty personality really made reading this book enjoyable and gave it some lightness.

I love this plot so much because IT SOUNDS AND IS SO INTERESTING. It's that kind of book where you pick it up off the shelf because the cover is beautiful, turn over to see what it's about, then complete be intrigued because the synopsis of the plot leaves you thinking
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I think another thing that really contributed to my loving of this book was not only the plot and characters and humor but also the pacing. I honestly didn't think this book got too slow or too fast paced at times and that is really what kept me turning those pages and not being able to put this book down. There was also the dream aspect and how no one really knew why Max was real. That was something I really wanted to know more about and that kept me reading as well.

The few things that I wished could be more included more into this book? More parts on the other minor characters in this book and also to know more about how Max is real in the world and also Alice's dreams. The reason why Max exists within Alice's dreams was explained but I wanted to know more than the single statement that was made. I want to know more about how it happened and the science behind it. Then the minor characters. I really liked Alice and Max's friends that were a part of this book but I really wish I got to know just a bit more about them. They seemed like really interesting characters and made this book just a bit better.

I gave this book a 4.5 star rating because I really enjoyed all of this book -it's characters, plot, writing, humor, ect ect- but really wish there was more to certain parts of the story.

Waiting on Wednesday #44

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking The Spine where we share upcoming releases that we are excited about!

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The Unexpected Everything

Author: Morgan Matson
Pages: 496
Publisher: Simon and Schuester
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks) But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing - if everything's planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

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Why I'm Waiting...

I have been a huge fan of Morgan Matson. I love her books, the writing, her characters, and most of all how great her books were. When I found out she was writing a new book, I was pretty excited. When I went to see her at the Bay Book Fest, she talked just a little about her new book. All the books she has written in the past have mostly been about characters who weren't very outgoing and confident in herself and she mentioned that this book was going to be about someone who was the opposite of her past characters, which I am really looking forward to. Based on the synopsis, one could already tell this girl was very confident in herself (see: Guys.) and I feel like YA definitely does not have many of those type of characters so I am really looking forward to what reading from a character like Andie may be like. Changes are coming for her and I looking forward to reading about her personality and how she will deal with those changes. (Also, this scandal. I am intrigued.)

So tell me: Have you read any books by Morgan Matson and what are your thoughts on this book?

The April Post

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Hello and welcome to the beginning of April! I am almost done with school and so happy with that because school has been sooo stressful and I am just itching to get it over with. Spring has finally come as well and also, my freaking allergies. For anyone who has seasonal, good luck and stay alive, because allergies are a huge pain.

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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro / The Epidemic by Suzanne Young / The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas / The Island by S Usher Evans / The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi / Dreamology by Lucy Keating