Double Feature! 1001 Nights Retellings – ARC Review vs. Subscription Box

A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston vs. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

A Thousand NightsThe Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

Rating

2.5/5 vs. 4/5

I received a copy of A Thousand Nighst as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I received a copy of The Wrath and The Dawn as part of my subscription to Uppercase Box.

Goodreads Descriptions

A Thousand Nights

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time.But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

The Wrath and the Dawn

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

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♥ The High Priest’s Daughter OUT TODAY! ♥

The High Priests Daughter, third book in the Network Series, coming out fall 2015!

Everyone! The last book in the Network series by Katie Cross, The High Priest’s Daughter, is out TODAY! RIGHT NOW! I absolutely love these series and have posted reviews for all the other novels in the series 🙂 Definitely check it out!

Miss Mabel’s School for Girls Review  The Network Series 1

Antebellum Awakening Review  The Network Series 2

The Isadora Interviews The Network Series Novella

Mildred’s Resistance Review The Network Series Prequel

Check out Katie’s website for more information about the series and where to purchase!

K Cross Writing

♥, Clare

 

 

 

Two Mysteries! or Agatha Christie is Queen.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)

Rating

4.5/5 for both

Goodreads Descriptions

Roger Ackroyd was a man who knew too much.

He knew the woman he loved had poisoned her first husband. He knew someone was blackmailing her ― and now he knew she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

Soon the evening post would let him know who the mystery blackmailer was. But Ackroyd was dead before he’d finished reading it ― stabbed through the neck where he sat in his study…

“The murderer is with us – on the train now…”

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…

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Not Every Girl by Jane McGarry – Review

Not Every Girl by Jane McGarry

Not Every Girl

Rating

3.5/5

I received a copy of this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Description

 Olivia Davenport’s plan is destined to fail.

She is going through with it anyway, of course. After all, it is the chance of a lifetime. The unreasonable rules of others should not stand in her way.

In her small kingdom of Stewartsland, Olivia trains with the squires and harbors a secret dream. She longs to become a knight under the command of the Master-of–Arms, who just happens to be her father. He has indulged her passion so far, but they both know a simple fact – girls may not attain knighthood. Dismayed by the constant discouragement of her ambitions, she makes an impetuous decision to disguise herself as a boy in order to sneak on a mission. The consequences are not at all what she anticipated.

When her deception is revealed, she is sent home in disgrace; however, an unexpected turn of events puts her at the center of a dangerous plot against the King. The ensuing adventure finds her grappling with mercenaries and outlaws, yet these pale in comparison to her newly awakened emotions. She finds not only her life at risk, but also her heart, when the aloof Prince Liam begins to affect her in ways she never thought possible. In the end, it is her courage and unique spirit which must guide her through the challenges she encounters both physical and emotional.

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*IMPORTANT* Help Me Raise Funds for St. Jude’s ♥

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Hey guys! My store, The Limited – Fair Oaks, and I are participating in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in Washington D.C. this September! I would be so appreciative if you would click the link below and help us reach our goal of $1000. Every dollar counts, no donation is too small.

I give thanks for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

I give thanks for the fact that a place like St. Jude exists to treat the sickest of the sick kids and give hope to parents around the world.

I give thanks for the researchers working day and night at St. Jude to help find a cure to end childhood cancer.

I give thanks for the healthy kids in my life and this is why I want to give to those who are not.

That’s why I am participating in the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. and why I need your support to help me reach my fundraising goal.

How your donations help:

  • Thanks to donors like you, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.
  • St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saves at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

^^ CLICK ME ^^

Thank you all. Truly.

♥, Clare

Leibster Award &Sisterhood Award & Blogger Recognition

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Hey everyone 🙂 I have been nominated by other bloggers for three new blogging awards. Reflection of the Lights nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers, Fighting Books nominated me for a blogger recognition (the original post is on Edge of Night), and Powder and Page nominated me for a Liebster Award for New Blogs ♥ All three are ways of sharing your blog and finding new people to connect with. Thank you all so much ♥ Instead of creating a separate post for each I am combining elements of all three!

How my Blog Started

I started out in the bookstagram community earlier this year. I absolutely love to read and photos of books ♥ I was glad to find that many people loved the same, so much so that it was actually a thing on instagram! I decided to create my own blog after guest posting for The Book Elves.

Pieces of Advice

You do not have to review every book you read! Book slumps are normal! Review slumps are normal! Blog for yourself just as much as you blog for others. You want posting to be fun not become a chore.

Questions from Reflection of the Lights

  • What’s a popular book/series that you’re just not into?
    • The Mortal Instruments was great for the first three books and then the world just got drawn out too much. Not a fan.
  • How many books do you aim to read every month?
    • Ten would make me very happy
  • What’s the last book that you fell in love with? Do you remember the first?
    • Murder on the Orient Express. Agatha Christie is a genius. The first book would probably be the whole Nancy Drew series. I really like mysteries and solving puzzles!
  • I like to read because…
    • I can escape into a new world or another reality
  • A place you would like to visit
    • There are so many! But I would love to go see all the ancient buildings and ruins of Egypt.
  • Paperback vs hardback vs ebook. Why?
    • Paperback for physical books. I love being able to stack them and just see and feel towers of pages. E-books are great for ARC copies and for getting cheap books!
  • What do you like about YA?
    • The age group has so much potential for conflict and growing and adapting to new situations. Characters struggle with coming in to adult hood or navigating their place in their world. I love all of the fantasy elements and science fiction in a lot of the novels too.
  • What do you dislike about YA?
    • Love triangles. Like. Get rid of them please.
  • Favourite way of acquiring books (used bookstore, online, etc.)
    • Any way that is free! ARCs on NetGalley, ARCs from authors, trading between family and friends, etc. I also love Book Outlet and the NOOK store.
  • Song you’re obsessed with right now
    • Cool for the Summer – Demi Lovato ♥ Not my usual MO but I love it.

Eleven Questions from Powder and Page

  1. What’s your favorite book or book series?
    1. The Lord of the Rings
  2. What is your favorite genre?
    1. Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Mystery
  3. If you could have a party with three authors, who would you pick?
    1. J. R. R. Tolkien, Agatha Christie, Stephen King
  4. What is on your TBR pile?
    1. A bunch of books from book outlet, several horror novels, a few ARCs, basically tons of everything.
  5. If you could live in a novel, which would you pick?
    1. A lot of the novels I like are not really places/ societies I would want to live in and be a part of….
  6. Do you have a favorite book quote?
    1. “The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to the seeker after it.”
      Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 
    2. “What’s wrong with my proposition?” Poirot rose. “If you will forgive me for being personal-I do not like your face, M. Ratchett.”
      Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express LOLOL Poirot Burn.
  7. Why did you start your blog?
    1. I got hooked after joining instagram and the bookstagram community
  8. What three words would you use to describe yourself
    1. Goofy, Sarcastic, Reliable
  9. What would your dream job be?
    1. Librarian, Historian, etc.
  10.  If you were stuck on a desert island, what would you bring with you?
    1. A way to get off of it
  11. Where have you always wanted to travel?
    1. Egypt

Eleven Random Facts About Me

  1. I always keep a book of my NOOK in my bag just in case 🙂
  2. I have recently become addicted to eye shadow palettes
  3. I would love to wear yoga pants and a t shirt all day everyday. I do not do yoga.
  4. I wish there were haunted houses were you could go through and see all the scary/gory displays and appreciate the horror. I love scary things but I hate being scared. People jumping out at me is definitely a no go. Shoutout to the haunted house worker who escorted me through the Asylum Horror set up two years ago to see all the cool displays after I ran out of the emergency exit when another black shrouded worker jumped out at me.
  5. I love to Netflix binge. Particularly Blue Bloods.
  6. Fall is my favorite because I can live in sweaters.
  7. If I could meet any author, dead or alive, I would pick Agatha Christie.
  8. I love myths and legends of any kind.
  9. The Renaissance Faire is my happy place.
  10. Sorry you think its intolerant of me not to tolerate your intolerance.
  11. I promise I’m not rude, I am just very shy and awkward.

I am supposed to nominate 15 other blogs to answer these prompts and questions. I say if you read this, you are nominated! Anyone who cares enough to read about me is someone I want to read about too!

♥, Clare

 

♥ Beautiful Blogger Award ♥

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I was nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award by Infinite Book Reviews! You should go check out her blog! ♥

The premise is super easy and fun! Just list seven random facts about yourself that you think your readers would like to know and the nominate seven more beautiful bloggers you love and you’d like to know more about!

So without further ado

♥ My Facts ♥

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On Book Shopping

Book shopping is an adventure. I love going in to my local bookstore and the smell of new books greets me. There are so many possibilities! So many stories just waiting to be told! And of course, so many emotions as I begin to navigate the wonderland that is a bookstore.

WHEN I SEE THE BOOK I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR FINALLY ON THE NEW ARRIVALS SHELVES

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