Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: The Matchmaker's Playbook (Wingmen Inc. #1) by Rachel Van Dyken


The Matchmaker's Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken
The Matchmaker's Playbook
(Wingmen Inc. #1)
by Rachel Van Dyken
April 5, 2016
290 pages


Goodreads Summary:
After a career-ending accident, former NFL recruit Ian Hunter is back on campus—and he’s ready to get his new game on. As one of the masterminds behind Wingmen, Inc., a successful and secretive word-of-mouth dating service, he’s putting his extensive skills with women to work for the lovelorn. But when Blake Olson requests the services of Wingmen, Inc., Ian may have landed his most hopeless client yet.

From her frumpy athletic gear to her unfortunate choice of footwear, Blake is going to need a miracle if she wants to land her crush. At least with a professional matchmaker by her side she has a fighting chance. Ian knows that his advice and a makeover can turn Blake into another successful match. But as Blake begins the transformation from hot mess to smokin’ hot, Ian realizes he’s in danger of breaking his cardinal rule.…

 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WoW #154: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1) by Julie C. Dao


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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted every week by Breaking the Spine which lets us showcase an upcoming release we are excited about! 


Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. DaoForest of a Thousand Lanterns
(Rise of the Empress #1)
by Julie C. Dao
October 10, 2017
384 pages


Goodreads Summary:
The Wrath and the Dawn meets Snow White and the Huntsman in this dark and mystical East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl's quest to become Empress--and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng's majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins--sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with both breathtaking pain and beauty, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns possesses all the hallmarks of masterful fantasy: dazzling magic, heartbreaking romance, and a world that hangs in the balance. Fans of Heartless, Stealing Snow, and Red Queen will devour this stunning debut.

 
No words but EXCITEMENT!!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, June 19, 2017

DNF Review: Congress of Secrets by Stephanie Burgis

 
Congress of Secrets by Stephanie Burgis
Congress of Secrets
by Stephanie Burgis
November 1, 2016
340 pages

Goodreads Summary:
In 1814, the Congress of Vienna has just begun. Diplomats battle over a new map of Europe, actors vie for a chance at glory, and aristocrats and royals from across the continent come together to celebrate the downfall of Napoleon…among them Lady Caroline Wyndham, a wealthy English widow. But Caroline has a secret: she was born Karolina Vogl, daughter of a radical Viennese printer. When her father was arrested by the secret police, Caroline’s childhood was stolen from her by dark alchemy.

Under a new name and nationality, she returns to Vienna determined to save her father even if she has to resort to the same alchemy that nearly broke her before. But she isn’t expecting to meet her father’s old apprentice, Michael Steinhüller, now a charming con man in the middle of his riskiest scheme ever.

The sinister forces that shattered Caroline’s childhood still rule Vienna behind a glittering façade of balls and salons, Michael’s plan is fraught with danger, and both of their disguises are more fragile than they realize. What price will they pay to the darkness if either of them is to survive?


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #149

 
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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that lets us share what we've added to our shelves.


I'm on a romance kick so thank you Thomas Allen & Son for sending me these. I think Ripple likes ;)
 
Ripple's pretty boys haul ;)
 
Some more awesome mail from Thomas Allen & Son, Simon & Schuster Canada and a #Loveathon win :D Thank you so much to the publishers and hosts for sending these to me!

Pickles's mixed haul.

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: Dark Breaks the Dawn (Dark Breaks the Dawn #1) by Sara B. Larson


Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson
Dark Breaks the Dawn
(Dark Breaks the Dawn #1)
by Sara B. Larson
May 30, 2017
307 pages


Goodreads Summary:
After a thousand years of peace, the battle between Light and Dark has resumed.

On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Éadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.

But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn into the throne much sooner than she expected.

In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shape-shift, and rely on the alluring, but mysterious Lord Tanvir. Not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.

 
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