BLOG TOUR: YOU OUT OF NOWHERE

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.




Another day, another #romanceclass book to read and review! I'm excited to be sharing my thoughts with you about Jay E. Tria's new release, You Out of Nowhere, because it was A M A Z I N G!

MAKING IT COMPLICATED COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY



Today is the cover reveal for Making it Complicated by Clarisse David! I'm so excited to be sharing this beauty with you!! The first book in this series, Keeping the Distance, was one of the first books I read by #romanceclass so it definitely holds a special place in my heart! This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The cover designer is Daniel Tinagan.

BLOG TOUR: THE COLOR PROJECT EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY


I'm super excited to be participating in the blog tour for The Color Project by Sierra Abrams! Guys, this book is seriously something special. I just finished reading it and I'll have my review up within the next few weeks, but what I can tell you. . . There's lots of swooning, laughs, and even tears to be shed. But there is SO much hope in this beautiful story, too. I honestly can't wait for everyone to devour this book like I did!

BLOG TOUR: QUANTA REWIND + GIVEAWAY

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.



I'm stoked to be participating in this blog tour for Quanta Rewind by Lola Dodge! It's the fourth installment in the Shadow Ravens series, and I just LOVE it. You can check out my review for the previous book, Quanta Reset, here. Make sure to visit all the other great blogs participating in this tour and follow the link at the end to enter the giveaway!

QUANTA REWIND COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY



I'm so excited to be a part of the cover reveal for Lola Dodge's next book, Quanta Rewind!
I'm a huge fan of this series. The previous book, Quanta Reset, left readers with a huge cliffhanger and I'm curious to read what will happen next! If you're looking for a new series to dive into then I highly recommend this one, especially for fans of YA fantasy! You can check out my book review for Quanta here.

KILLER LOVE

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.




Killer Love by Ruthnye Jean-Philippe

When sports reporter Meya Taylor moved to Paris to investigate the death of soccer legend Robert Raymond's wife, the last thing she planned was to fall in love. After a whirl wind romance however, all of that changes when Benny Roman, the son of Paris's notorious loan shark proposes to her. They seem to be in bliss until Benny's business rival Michel Grey steps into the picture.

Focused on solving the mystery behind the death of Roberts's wife and marrying her soulmate, Meya must balance the two very carefully.


Killer Love is told from our three main characters Michel, Meya, and Benny's points of view. This romance thriller set in Paris, is filled with twists, turns, and a fatal love triangle.

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: ALTERATIONS

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


It's been awhile since I've done a proper 'Book Spotlight' and I'm excited to share today's book! I've been in a weird reading mood lately.. YA contemporaries seem to be my main interest, there's always something special about reading a good coming-of-age story.

Alterations by Stephanie Scott was the perfect weekend read!
This book is full of everything we love about contemporaries; young love, self-discovery, family, and a little drama. Our main character, Amelia, comes full circle as she goes on a journey to discover who and what she truly wants in her life.. And I loved every minute of reading her story!


CROOKED KINGDOM PLAYLIST



I'm so excited to share my playlist for Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo!
If you've been following me for awhile then you know how much I love this little gang of thieves, and I had a lot of fun finding songs that fit these characters! I'm really proud of myself, too. Which is weird.. I hope you like this playlist as much as I did!
Enjoy!

MELODY'S KEY

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


Melody's Key by Dallas Coryell
Release Date: June 24, 2016
AsherRain Publications

"His eyes settled on her. . . piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him."

Tegan Lockwood's dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family's struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.

BLOG TOUR: QUANTA RESET + GIVEAWAY

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


I'm so excited to be participating in this blog tour for Quanta Reset by Lola Dodge! Quanta Reset is the third book in The Shadow Ravens series, and I absolutely loved it. You can check out my review for the second book in this series, Quanta, here. Make sure to visit all the other great blogs participating in this tour and enter the giveaway!

APRIL WRAP UP

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


This month was a bit rough for me when it came to reading.
I only read seven books and two novellas, whereas I usually read roughly ten books.. Besides being extra busy this month, I hit a bit of a reading slump and ended up using the spare-time I did have watching TV or drawing. It was nice, but hitting a reading slump is always hard because you just miss your imaginary worlds and the magic inside of them.

I really did enjoy the books that I did read though. I finished the last two books in The Winner's Trilogy, which is now one of my favorite series! Also, I read The Raven Boys and I'm currently working on finishing the series. I'm feeling refreshed and I look forward to reading in May! Until the end of the month, here are the books that I read in April!


MARCH WRAP UP

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


Is it seriously April already?
I didn't really have a plan when I set out to read this month. I was honestly feeling like a reading slump was bound to hit me at any possible second, so I tried to only read books that truly caught my attention and kept it. I read a few novellas, too. That was this month's reading for me though - a lot of books I truly fell in love with.
Here's a quick wrap up!





5 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

Seventy-one days and seventy-one nights had come and gone since Khalid began killing his brides. This dawn, Khalid would mark the loss of the seventy-second girl, Shahrzad al-Khayzuran. Khalid didn't know how many more of these dawns he could take. And there was something about this latest girl that piqued his interest. Not only had she volunteered to marry him, but at their wedding ceremony, she had seemed not the least bit afraid. In fact, what he had seen in her eyes was nothing short of pure hatred. She was about to lose her life. Why wasn't she afraid? Why did she hate him so? He had never before gone to his wife's chambers before her death at dawn. Tonight would be different.







A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria (V.E.) Schwab
5 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

Kell is one of the last Travelers - rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London - but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they'll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive - trickier than they hoped.



Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges
4 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

Andria's twin sister, Iris, had adoring friends, a cool boyfriend, a wicked car, and a shelf full of soccer trophies. She had everything, in fact - including a drug problem. Six months after Iris's death, Andria is trying to keep her grades, her friends, and her family from falling apart. But stargazing and books aren't enough to ward off her guilt that she - the freak with the scary illness and all-black wardrobe - is still here when Iris isn't. And then there's Alex Hammond. The boy Andria blames for Iris's death. The boy she's unwittingly started swapping lines of poetry and secrets with, even as she tries to keep hating him.








Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld
4 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

This version of the Bennet family - and Mr. Darcy - is one that you have and haven't met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help - and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master's degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won't discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane's fortieth birthday fast approaches.

Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip's friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . .

And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.



Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin
4 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

Once upon a different time, there was a boy who raced through a kingdom of death.

Sixteen-year-old Luka Lowe has one goal in mind: Win the 1955 Axis Tour and become the first Double Cross victor. If he can accomplish that, maybe his father will finally see him as a worthy son. He's completed the grueling trek from Germania to Tokyo before, but this time is different. Luka never expected to meet Adele Wolfe, another racer posing as her twin brother and with a singular dream - to live life on her own terms.

When Luka and Adele form an alliance, an unlikely bond forms, and even possibly love. But only one person can win the Axis Tour. . . Can everything Luka and Adele built together survive the race?



A Gathering of Shadows by Victoria (V.E.) Schwab
5 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell's possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland's dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games - an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries - a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again - meaning that another London must fall.



My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul
3 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

Despite the best of intentions, seventeen-year-old, wisecracking Hank Kirby can't quite seem to catch a break. It's not that he means to screw things up all the time, it just happens. A lot. Case in point: his attempt to ask out the girl he likes literally goes up in flames when he spells "Prom" in sparklers on her lawn.. and nearly burns down her house.

As if that wasn't bad enough, Peyton Breedlove, a brooding loner and budding pyromaniac, witnesses the whole thing. Much to Hank's dismay, Peyton takes an interest in him - and his "work". The two are thrust into an unusual friendship, but their boundaries are tested when Hank learns that Peyton is hiding some dark secrets, secrets that may change everything he thought he knew about Peyton.




Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
4 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. For humans, it's an unforgiving place, especially if you're poor, orphaned, or female.

Amani Al'Hiza is all three. She's a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can't shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she's destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she's spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she'd gallop away on mythical horse - or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.



The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
4 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

As a general's daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Erin's eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys hum - with unexpected consequences. It's not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. 








Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
3 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him - and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.





The Haters by Jesse Andrews
2 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

Inspired by the years he spent playing bass in a band himself, The Haters is Jesse Andrews's road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band.

For Wes and his best friend, Corey, jazz camp turns out to be lame. It's pretty much all dudes talking in Jazz Voice. But then they jam with Ash, a charismatic girl with an unusual sound, and the three just click. It's three and a half hours of pure musical magic, and Ash makes a decision: They need to hit the road. Because the road, not summer camp, is where bands get good. Before Wes and Corey know it, they're in Ash's SUV heading south, and The Haters Summer of Hate Tour has begun.





Did you read anything you absolutely loved last month? Any books on my list you read? Leave me a comment and let me know!


xxo


THE FORBIDDEN WISH

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury is a beautifully written retelling of Aladdin, that brings to life all the things we love so much about the original tale. It's romantic, adventurous, and magical!



Goodreads Summary // She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world..

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years -- a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity - only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.


"She told me that sometimes, you can't choose what happens to you, but you can choose who you become because of it."


What I loved most about this book was that our main character is the Jinni. Zahra is such an interesting character right when we meet her. She may come off as a bit evil but underneath that hardened shell there is a kind spirit. Our story begins with Aladdin being led to her lamp in the fallen city of Neruby.

Once Aladdin rubs the lamp and releases Zahra, they become linked, and Zahra must grant him three wishes. They soon run into trouble when they come across Prince Doran, and that's when Aladdin chooses to make his very first wish to take him home to Parthenia. Jessica Khoury's writing is absolutely beautiful, and as Zahra grants Aladdin's wish I appreciated the fact that it wasn't described as just a snap of her fingers.. No, it was beautifully described as this magnificent power and how she has to bend the world to grant it. It's clear how powerful Zahra, and the Jinn, truly are.

In Parthenia we find out more about Aladdin and Zahra's past. They are both more than what meets the eye, and have many layers to who they truly are. I loved them, of course Aladdin was similar to the character we all already know and love, but it surprised me how much I enjoyed Zahra as the Jinni. They were both strong and brave and found a way to balance each other out throughout the entire story.


"Wish for her love, and I will deliver it to you."
He smiles grimly. "Then it wouldn't be love."
"And what do you know about love?"
"That it must be a choice."
"Oh, my naive thief." I pause briefly to meet his gaze.
"Love is rarely a choice."


As the story continues we are introduced to more characters, which include Princess Caspida, who reminded me of Princess Jasmine from the original tale, and her handmaidens. This book had such strong female characters AND strong female friendships, which I always appreciate in any book. These girls were tough and badass, and yet had their vulnerable side to them too. I enjoyed getting to know them because they were great additions to this story.

I don't want to spoil too much of the story so I'll give you a shortened version of everything that happens next.. After coming across Princess Caspida and her handmaidens, Aladdin and Zahra find themselves at the palace where they both have separate agendas they hope to accomplish while there.


"The things that were once sweet to me are now bitter. The sun is not half so bright. The stars seem dimmer. All this wealth and luxury feels meaningless. All the world is in your shadow, Zahra. I cannot help but see you when I close my eyes."


The romance was blended perfectly with the action throughout the story. I couldn't help but fall in love with the sweet blooming romance between Zahra and Aladdin, no matter how predictable it was in the beginning. As they grew closer we were able to learn more about their past and how they both have ended up where they now are.


"This war between our people has gone on far too long. Let it end today. Aladdin and Zahra are my citizens, and I will defend them to my last breath."


We find out the truth behind the fallen city of Neruby and how it affected the city of Parthenia. There were many events, that I wish I could tell you without spoiling you, that led to the war going on between the Jinn and humans. In the end it all comes down to the epic battle that was full of action, girl power, and magic! Again, the writing was amazing because I felt like I was right there slicing knives and shape-shifting into a tiger as Zahra was.

The story wraps up in a beautiful way leaving you with a sense of hope. Honestly The Forbidden Wish felt as if it was inspired by Aladdin instead of being a true retelling, but I didn't mind this. It was unique and fresh, and I enjoyed seeing characters I already loved being placed in a new story. The book was full of many great things such as incredible world building, strong characters - even the villains were intriguing, a sweet romance, and lots of fun action.

Overall, I loved this book! All the revelations and truths surrounding these characters kept me on my toes wondering how it would all end. There wasn't much I didn't like about this book because the writing made up for any tiny flaw I came across.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventures, loves Aladdin, enjoyed reading 'The Wrath and the Dawn', or who simply loves fantasy stories!


"What do we do now?" asks Ensi, looking around at the destruction.
"We mourn what has been lost," Caspida replies.
"And tomorrow, we rise."



RATING:

5 out of 5 stars


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Have you read The Forbidden Wish yet? What did you think? Leave me a comment and let me know!


xxo


FEBRUARY WRAP UP

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


Goodbye February - Hello March!
I had a lot of fun while reading this past month. Four of my most anticipated reads for this year were all released in February! I didn't put much effort into spreading out my fantasy reads and contemporaries this month, I kind of just went with whatever I felt like reading at the moment, and this worked out well for me this past month.
Here's a quick wrap up of all the books I read!





5 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

Natalie's last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start.. until she starts seeing the "wrong things."

They're just momentary glimpses at first - her front door is red instead of its usual green, there's a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn't right.

That's when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls "Grandmother," who tells her: "You have three months to save him." The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it's as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.


5 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

The enchantment continues. . .

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories - and secrets - that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories - five of which have never before been published - and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer's upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.




4 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation - Mare Barrow.










5 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd. . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.


3 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

It's been a year since Eden Munro last saw Tyler Bruce: her stepbrother.. and secret love. Although they swore to ignore their feelings and put their family first, Eden can't help but feel excited when Tyler invites her to join him in New York City for the summer.

But it's not like anything is going to happen. Eden is happy with her boyfriend Dean, and she knows gorgeous, green-eyed Tyler must have moved on as well. But as they spend the long, hot summer in the city that never sleeps, it becomes obvious that those old feelings are still there.. simmering beneath the surface. Will Tyler and Eden be able to resist temptation?





4 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

Mare Barrow's blood is red - the color of common folk - but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince - the friend - who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?


3 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

Sixteen-year-old Jules Verity knows exactly what's in store at her new job at castle-turned-dinner-theater Tudor Times. Some extra cash, wearing a fancy-pants dress, and plenty of time to secretly drool over the ever-so-tasty--and completely unavailable--Grayson Chandler. Except that it's not quite what she imagined.

For one, the costume Jules has to wear is awful. Then there's the dead body she finds that just kind of.. well, disappears. Oh, and there's the small issue of Jules and her episodes of what her best friend calls "Psychic Tourette's Syndrome"--spontaneous and uncontrollable outbursts of seemingly absurd prophecies.

The only bright side? This whole dead body thing seems to have gotten Grayson's attention. Except that the more Jules investigates, the more she discovers that Grayson's interest might not be as courtly as she thought. In fact, it's starting to look suspicious. . .


5 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She's so desperate to reach the realm that she's willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he's been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world - and each other - the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe. . .


4 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

On the anniversary of her daredevil brother's death, Jaycee attempts to break into Jake's favorite hideout - the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum. Joined by four classmates, each with their own brand of dysfunction, Jaycee discovers a map detailing her brother's exploration and the unfinished dares he left behind.

As a tribute to Jake, Jaycee vows to complete the dares, no matter how terrifying or dangerous. What she doesn't bargain on is her eccentric band of friends who challenge her to do the unthinkable: reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother.






5 out of 5 stars - Goodreads Review Here

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years -- a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity - only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.



Did you read anything you absolutely loved last month? Any books on my list you read? Leave me a comment and let me know!


xxo


GLASS SWORD

Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.


Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard proved to be a strong sequel. Although, I found myself missing that excitement I had while reading Red Queen - the one that kept me turning the pages..



Goodreads Summary // Mare Barrow's blood is red - the color of common folk - but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince - the friend - who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?


"Of course I know others have died, for the cause and for me. But I've died too. Mare of the Stilts died the day she fell onto a lightning shield. Marina, the lost Silver princess, died in the Bowl of Bones. And I don't know what new person opened her eyes on the Undertrain. I only know what she has been and what she has lost, and the weight of it is almost crushing."


The story begins exactly where it left off in Red Queen, with Mare and Cal escaping alongside Farley and the Scarlet Guard. The beginning starts off great - with lots of action and we even get a great scene between Mare and Cal where they show how strong they truly are together.

After the action packed beginning, things quickly begin to slow down so we can truly see where our characters are at - mentally. It's clear that everyone has changed, especially Mare. Last year, I said the thing that I loved most about her was how she wore her heart on her sleeve. She trusted her heart above her head, and I felt she was so strong for allowing herself to be so vulnerable in a tough world.. Well, in Glass Sword that Mare is gone. She doesn't trust her heart anymore. She doesn't trust anyone.

I didn't like Mare in this book. She was completely selfish and thought she was better than everyone. I usually don't mind when characters become more ruthless, such as Adelina in the Young Elites series, but in Mare's case I just thought she was plain ol' selfish.


"I don't like it when you call them normal," he adds, catching my wrist.
His voice is suddenly low.
"There's nothing wrong with us. We're different, yes, but not wrong. And certainly not better."


Everyone has been affected from the fallout of Maven becoming king. My love - Cal - is suffering just as much as Mare is, and I was so happy to get more of him in this book. Honestly, if it wasn't for Cal balancing out Mare's obsession with herself then I don't think I would've enjoyed this book at all. He becomes a more complex character, as well as a lot of other characters do, like Kilorn. We get to know more about him, Farley, and Shade.

Every character, new and old, brings something to the story to help move it along. Like I said, the story starts to become a bit slow as Mare and her "team" (if you want to call it that) set out to find other newbloods like herself, all thanks to the list Julian gave her.


"He's hunting newbloods not to protect his throne but to hurt you. To find you. To make you come back to him."


Of course they run into multiple problems while searching for these newbloods, especially when they eventually run into King Maven. Unlike in Red Queen, we don't see a lot of Maven in this book. He's still very much on everyone's minds, especially Mare and Cal's but they don't have much interaction. But, don't fret Maven fans - he's still very much in Mare's heart. The romance really takes a backseat in Glass Sword, and it really becomes more of Mare and Cal - which I was perfectly happy with since I'm definitely team Cal.. But I will say that I honestly don't know who Mare will end up with by the end of this series.


"No matter how much I might want to feel him, I cannot. I must keep my eyes ahead, and away from the fire of a fallen prince. I must freeze my heart to the one person who insists on setting it ablaze."


As the story continues, we meet many more newbloods who have awesome powers. I'm a huge fan of X-Men and reading about all of these powers was a lot like reading a comic. I loved every minute of it. Eventually they meet my favorite new character, Cameron, who has a kick ass power and is so likable because she isn't afraid to tell Mare off. Soon after we meet her, the story begins to really pick up and I finally found that excitement I had while reading Red Queen - I could not stop turning the pages!


"Attend to your own fate, Mare Barrow."
"And that is?"
"To rise. And rise alone."


The conclusion to Glass Sword was epic! I felt a lot of heartache, along with Mare, but finally she redeemed herself with me. She broke but she rose to her true self by admitting to herself how wrong she has been, and pulling herself back together to continue the fight. I think through her journey in Glass Sword it was clear how easy it is for power to corrupt a person.


"I told you once that anyone can betray anyone. I know you remember."
"And I say it again. Anyone, anything, can betray anyone. Even your own heart."


Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The beginning was strong, while the middle lacked a lot of spark, but the ending made up for all of the flaws I found. Victoria Aveyard loves to give us hell, and there were a few twists that will break your heart. Her writing continues to grow and shine with brilliance. I enjoyed the descriptions of every power while she continued to grow this world more. It did lack great dialogue that was really present in Red Queen though.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has read Red Queen and enjoyed it because I'm sure you'll enjoy this one as well. If you enjoy a good fantasy read though, with a dystopian feel to it, then you should try out this series!


"Once, he said I would rise alone. Now I know he was lying. For I have certainly fallen."



RATING:

4 out of 5 stars


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Have you read Glass Sword yet? What did you think? Leave me a comment and let me know!


xxo


QUANTA RESET COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY


I'm so excited to be a part of the cover reveal for Lola Dodge's new book Quanta Reset!
I absolutely loved Quanta - you can read my book review for it here.
It was such a unique story with a great plot and fun characters - Quanta is a heroine you can easily get behind. There was romance, with NO love triangle, and everything we enjoy about YA fiction. It was the perfect blend of fantasy set in a dystopian world. I'm really looking forward to the next book!
Now - time for the cover reveal!



Quanta Reset by Lola Dodge
(The Shadow Ravens #3)


Publishers - Ink Monster LLC
Publication Date - October 4, 2016
Genres - Science Fiction, Young Adult


Synopsis


Quanta has escaped her laboratory prison, but that's where the good news ends.

Life at the Shadow Ravens' compound is a disaster. She's drowning in visions of the dark pasts and darker futures of her fellow Ravens and is plagued by her own panic-inducing memories, but Lady Eva still expects her to "train" and "participate in missions." Plus, the food tastes like burnt plastic.

The only bright spot is her genetic pairing to the brilliant Altair Orpheus. As their relationship grows, she's positive that chemicals aren't the only things drawing them together - although chemistry is definitely involved.

While they test the limits of her game-changing new ability to reset time, word arrives from Eva's agents: Doctor Nagi is still experimenting with her DNA. If he succeeds in duplicating her power. . .

Forget the Shadow Ravens. The whole world is toast.





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Meet Lola Dodge

Lola Dodge is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University--and hasn't stopped moving since. When she's not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can't melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.


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How beautiful is that cover? I can't wait to dive into this book! Don't forget to add it to your TBR list on Goodreads, and pick up Quanta now to prepare you for the third book in the Shadow Ravens series!


xxo