Waiting on Wednesday: Flame in the Mist

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Summary:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn, comes a sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan where Mulan meets Tamora Pierce.

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.
Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known

Why I’m Excited:

First…can we talk about that cover??

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It. Is. Gorgeous.

Renee is lucky in having some of the most beautiful covers ever. I loved the looks for her two previous books and this may be even better.

Now…a take on Mulan.

Sign. Me. Up.

I enjoy Japanese culture and I think Mulan is a highly underrated film in the realm of Disney, so I’m excited to see her get some attention even if it isn’t directly.

Flame in the Mist sounds amazing and we always need more hardcore, kick butt female leads in YA.

Bring it on in May!

-M

Release Day: The Rose and the Dagger! + GIVEAWAY!

I am so

excited that THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by

Renée Ahdieh releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an

awesome giveaway!


If you

haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Renée Ahdieh, be sure to

check out all the details below.


This blitz

also includes a giveaway for a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN and a

hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER and an awesome candle from The

Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only!  So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the

Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.



 Title: THE

ROSE & THE DAGGER

Author: Renée

Ahdieh

Release Date: April

26, 2016

Publisher: G.P.

Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Pages: 432

Formats:

Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks 

The much

anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn,

lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue

and romance.”

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and

sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her

husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but

his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that

might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge

with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be

happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire.

Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But

she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t

yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within

her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young

man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true

love.

Praise

for The Rose and the Dagger:

“Above all there is the

shattering, triumphant

catharsis of love… In a story about stories, love is ‘the power to speak

without words.’ Thrillingly full of feeling.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fiery romance, a spirited heroine, shifting loyalties… With more than a few

heartrending twists and turns.”—Booklist 


Excerpt:


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About Renée:

Renée lives in North Carolina (Go

Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. Her YA fantasy novel, THE

WRATH AND THE DAWN, will be published on May 12th, 2015. In her spare time, she

likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.

She’s also a member of the Society of

Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of

theScience Fiction & Fantasy Writers of

America.

Giveaway Details:

1 winner

will receive a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN, a hardcover of THE ROSE

& THE DAGGER, and a His Calipha candle from The

Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only.

Ends on May 3rd at Midnight EST!

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Review: Rebel of the Sands

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Summary:

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

My Thoughts:

Full disclosure: This isn’t the type of book that I’d normally read and enjoy. It just isn’t.

With that said…I absolutely LOVED it!

I’m not sure what it was really. Maybe it was just the right book at the right time, but I was hooked. I struggled to put it down and had to know what was going to happen next.

I was engrossed in the world building and could perfectly picture the desert sands and all of the creatures that were described.

Overall, this was a great story and I cannot wait for the next installment. As much as I could not put Rebel of the Sands down, I was still taken by surprise when the book ended because I didn’t WANT it to end.

This was such a surprise enjoyment for me and I can’t recommend it enough! It releases NEXT TUESDAY, so please be sure and pick it up. You won’t regret it!

-Melanie

 

Friday Fix: The Crown and the Arrow excerpt

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The wait for The Rose and the Dagger releasing in May is entirely too long!

However, there is a novella releasing on March 1 that will help with the wait.

EVEN BETTER—Bustle just released the first CHAPTER to the upcoming novella!

Go check it out HERE and get even more excited for both releases!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Rose and the Dagger

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Summary:

(Taken from Goodreads)

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Why I’m excited:

The Wrath and the Dawn was easily one of my favorite books from 2015. Honestly, there wasn’t any question about it being a favorite!

However…this is how I felt at the end of Wrath:

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WHAT. WAS. THAT.

It was an amazing book, but that ENDING. I’ve been dying for Rose  ever since I finished the first book. It was a wild ride and then had an abrupt ending that left me chomping at the bits for more.

Let’s be real though- that’s exactly what a book SHOULD do!

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of the first book at RT Convention last year and I’ve done nothing, but sing it’s praises since then.

I’m excited that this is a duology because I don’t think I could take another wait like the last cliffhanger! Plus, that just means we can see what else the author has up her sleeves with something entirely different!


Have you read Wrath and the Dawn and if so are you just as ready for this next installment as I am?

-Melanie

Monday Musings

Greetings from Nashville, TN!

Hey, y’all! I’m currently spending my 4th consecutive Thanksgiving week in beautiful Nashville! Last week, I talked about which bookstores I was planning to visit, so later this week I’ll be sharing my friends from book shopping in Nashville.

But First!

I shared that last week I had two orders come in at my library. In those orders, I had several books come in that I have read and was very excited to get in and share with my students.

One of those books was The Wrath and the Dawn!

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I’m not sure that I ever posted a review for Wrath, but I read it back in June and it is still my favorite thing I’ve read all year. The back story was phenomenal and had so much depth and…it has a MAP!

A kid immediately checked it out this week and then commented that she knew it was going to be good because she noticed that it had a map when she opened. I thought it was funny, because I always think the same thing when I read fantasy.

In fact, I had the same thought for Wrath (and was right…it was awesome!). I recently started Throne of Glass and had the same thought when I saw the map at the beginning.  Granted, I’m not done with that one, but so far so good…my theory still stands: Books that have maps have better world building and tend to be better overall.

Has anyone else noticed this or is it just me and my one kid at work?

-Melanie

Review: The Fault in Our Stars

Info:

Author: John Green

Length: 337 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

Purchase: ****** Amazon Link ****

My Review:

Am I allowed to give this a 10/5?

I had to let TFiOS sit around in my brain over 24 hours before I could form a coherent post. I’m a John Green fan, but it took me forever to get around to reading this. I’m glad it took me awhile because I was able to see the reactions from others and think, “oh, come on…it can’t really be THAT good.” It IS “THAT good.”

I’m a masochist for sad storylines. TFiOS is told from the POV of 16 Y/O Hazel, a cancer patient who is in terribly poor condition. Her parents urge her to attend a local support group as a way to make friends. At one particular meeting, Hazel meets Augustus Waters. Augustus lost a leg due to a previous bout with cancer, but seemed otherwise healthy. As would be expected–the two fall in love. —That wasn’t a spoiler…come on.

Without giving away too much, I will say that TFiOS is heartbreaking, hilarious, and still shows a realistic view of what cancer does to the body. Hazel and Gus are both terribly optimistic given their circumstances. Their friend Isaac is also usually optimistic and frequently makes jokes at his own expense. What else are they supposed to do?

But it is the ending. And some of the things that are said. ….but mostly that ending. Like I said, it took me a day to let the book boil over in my mind, but I’m still a blubbering mess just thinking about it. I highly recommend it to any late comers such as myself who may have not jumped on the train already. A movie is in the works and Hazel has already been cast, but I still want to nominate myself for the role…you know, just in case the actress has something come up and has to quit?

-M

**side note: it is only 3.99 on Kindle right now, so there’s that 🙂

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