ILLUSIONS OF FATE REVIEW

TITLE:Illusions Of Fate 
AUTHOR: Kiersten White
SERIES: Standalone
PUBLICATION DATE: September 9 2014
PUBLISHER: HarperTeen
SOURCE: Bought

Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.

“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray.
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This book reminded me of the Disney movie, Starstruck! I don't know if you guys have watched it but the characters are so alike! Jessa reminds me of Jessica from the movie, they are both stubborn, prideful, intelligent and have the kindest hearts. They don't like being coveted and being served on a silver platter and would rather go out and work in the real world. As soon as i met Jessa i thought, Jessica! So if you want to know what the protagonist is like just go watch Starstruck!

Have you guys watched Howl's Moving Castle??? Another great movie which i absolutely love and the author actually mentioned that Finn was inspired by Howl. But the similarities don't stop there! I would definitely say Illusions Of Fate is a RETELLING of Howl's Moving Castle! I know a lot of people call this a total rip off and i agree a little that it's way too similar but i'm not actually mad because i did enjoy the book and the movie. So for fun i made a tiny list of the similarities!

The female leads are both walking in the street and are being teased by men when the handsome blond magician swoops in and saves them.

 Both Finn and Howl dye their hair blonde



The magical castle that opens doors to various parts of the country.

The recurring imagery of birds

The animal that follows them around but once belonged to the enemy-Sir Bird in the book who belonged to Lord Downpike.

And A LOT of other things...like the male lead being involved in a political war and everyone trying to find out what side he's on..but i was really happy to see one of my favorite movies come to life in a YA book!

Moving on to Finn, he stole my heart as soon as we met him! He's a mysterious young man oozing charm and mystery!!!!! IRRESISTIBLE!! He's depicted as this elusive and mysterious man in the society that everyone tries to figure out...That brings us to the romance which was not rushed and definitely not insta-love. Thank god Jessa had a sane mind and her head firmly planted on her shoulders! Also she has a thing for Finn's collarbone which i personally found a little weird but then it started getting cute so i dismissed it:P

I also really enjoyed the little detail of the fights between Sir Bird and Finn, their fighting was simply adorable and made Finn a little dorkier which was super cute!

I think the only thing that didn't do it for me was the slight lack of background. There was some explanation on the two lines of magic and their descendants and the author threw in a political struggle revolving around that, which i thought was super awesome, But i feel like for a standalone i needed a little more info. There is a positive side also that it's a quick supernatural/romance read if you don't want to get started on a series.

The ending was good and it did make my heart stop for a moment because i couldn't believe what was happening. I was so doubtful about what was happening and there were two possibilities. Either what was happening was true but could a standalone really finish like that or everything was a joke. If it had been the other ending instead of the one that happens i would have rated this book 2 stars! Thank god it didn't!

I do recommend this because it's a really good book and it's a standalone!!! Go read it and GO WATCH HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE! If the plot of the movie doesn't get to you (i highly doubt that) the amazing colors and the vivid graphics definitely will!! I mean JUST LOOK!








THE GLITTERING COURT BLITZ+GIVEAWAY


I am so excited that THE GLITTERING COURT by Richelle Mead releases today and that I get to share the news, along with a special giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Richelle Mead, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copy of the book and a $25 Sephora Gift Card courtesy of Richelle, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.



About The Book:

Title: THE GLITTERING COURT
Author: Richelle Mead
Pub. Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook

The Selection meets Reign in this dazzling trilogy of interwoven novels about three girls on a quest for freedom and true love from #1 internationally bestselling author Richelle Mead.

"Brilliant and original, Mead’s new series starts off with a bang and will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very end."
—School Library Journal

For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.

After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even though she’s falling in love with him. 

Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else's property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.

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About Richelle:

Richelle Mead has written over twenty-five novels for teens and adults. She is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series and its spinoff series, Bloodlines. Her recent standalone novel, Soundless, draws upon Chinese mythology and history, and her forthcoming series, The Glittering Court, follows the adventures of girls destined for arranged marriages in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel.





Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a hardcover of THE GLITTERING COURT & a $25 Sephora Gift Card. US Only.


Ends on April 15th at Midnight EST!


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VELVET REVIEW

TITLE: Velvet
AUTHOR: Temple West
SERIES:Velvet Trilogy #1
PUBLICATION DATE: May 12 2015
PUBLISHER: Swoon Reads
SOURCE: Bought



First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don't fall in love.
After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.
Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?




PRINCE OF FIRE ARC REVIEW

TITLE: Prince Of Fire
AUTHOR: Megan Linski
SERIES: The Kingsom Saga Book 4
PUBLICATION DATE: April 1 2016
PUBLISHER: Gryfyn Publishing
SOURCE: FREE ARC FROM AUTHOR



Thief lord. Wanted criminal. College student.

Zayde Amirmoez is in his last year of college at Ashana University, and he couldn’t be more eager to leave. A talented thief, Zayde makes a living by robbing jewelry stores in order to care for his ailing mother, who grows sicker each passing day.

Then the dreams begin. Zayde’s nightmares echo memories of a land from another time, visions of a mysterious princess who lived two thousand years ago. At the insistence of his annoying history professor, Zayde becomes friends with the beautiful freshman who loves to dance…the girl who looks exactly like the princess in his dreams.

As a dangerous new Dean and his spiteful son take the helm at Ashana University, Zayde learns of the legends of Queen Bennua, which are eerily similar to his nightmares. Could Zayde’s dreams be a coincidence? Or is it possible that Bennua and Zahid have returned, to save Sahrahn once more?


Megan Linski's Kingdom Saga has become one of my favorite series and the characters have really become three-dimensional. (You can find my review of Book 1 here, Book 2 here and Book 3 here). Needless to say when i found out at the end of book 3, the fourth book would be a modern version of it i was so ecsatic i couldn't wait to get my hands on it! And it did NOT DISAPPOINT!!

Before i start ranting on the sheer awesomeness of this book, can we please take a moment to appreciate that GORGEOUS COVER THAT REPRESENTS THE BOOK PERFECTLY? Plus i don't know if i'm the only one but that title really already did it for me!

I think i give two of my stars for the fact that it was in Zahid's POV, well i should say Zayde. when i read the first page *drools* !

I loved the shift between the present and the memories they shared, bringing back that timeless romance from Bennua and Zahid's time! It wasn't a total immersion into the modern world but the author kept bringing back the time of queens and kings through their dreams to remind us where the series originates from!

SHADI IS BACK PEOPLE" The hilarious, snarky genie is back and he gets a whole star because this book wouldn't have been the same without him, He is a fundamental character in this novels for me and if he hadn't been there i honestly wouldn't have enjoyed this book as much.

I was so extremely happy to see Zahid and Bennua again. This is a couple that i love so much and i ship around the world! I was so glad to see them fall in love again and fight for what they wanted! Ugh it was just a PERFECT re connection!

If you read anything from Megan Linski, I recommend this! And if you've read the kingdom saga then know that this book blows the whole series out of the water! No cliffhanger so i don't know if this series is over *PLEASE DON'T BE PLEASE DON'T BE*. Megan Linski's story telling reels you into a world of magic and love you'll not want to let go of!