Saturday, July 15, 2017

Review: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

Book: The Hammer of Thor
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book #2
Genre: Mythology
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 471
Release: October 4th, 2016

Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon--the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki--and the price he wants is very high.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Review: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Book: The Well of Ascension
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Mistborn #2
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Pages: 763
Release: August 21st, 2017

They did the impossible, deposing the godlike being whose brutal rule had lasted a thousand years. Now Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire.

They have barely begun when three separate armies attack. As the siege tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.

It may just be that killing the Lord Ruler was the easy part. Surviving the aftermath of his fall is going to be the real challenge.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Review: The Crown's Fate by Evelyn Skye

Book: The Crown's Fate
Author: Evelyn Skye
Series: The Crown's Game #2 (final)
Genre: YA historical fantasy
Publisher: Balzer + Bay
Pages: 415
Release: May 16th, 2017

Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.

Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.

For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.

With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Review: Legion by Julie Kagawa

Book: Legion
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Talon (Book #4, ongoing)
Genre: YA urban fantasy
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 384
Release: April 24th, 2017

The legions are about to be unleashed, and no human, rogue dragon or former dragon slayer can stand against the coming horde.

Dragon hatchling Ember Hill was never prepared to find love at all—dragons do not suffer human emotions—let alone the love of a human, and a former dragonslayer at that. With ex-soldier of St. George Garret dying at her feet after sacrificing his freedom and his life to expose the deepest of betrayals, Ember knows only that nothing she was taught by dragon organization Talon is true. About humans, about rogue dragons, about herself and what she’s capable of doing and feeling.

In the face of great loss, Ember vows to stand with rogue dragon Riley against St. George and her own twin brother Dante—the heir apparent to all of Talon, and the boy who will soon unleash the greatest threat and terror dragonkind has ever known. Talon is poised to conquer the world, and the abominations they have created will soon take to the skies, darkening the world with the promise of blood and death to those who will not yield.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cover Reveal: The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine

If you know me, then you know I LOVE C.J. Redwine. I've said this probably about a million times, but she is probably the most under-rated author I know, and seriously deserves more credit for her masterpiece books.

Which is why I was absolutely thrilled when the synopsis and cover to her third Ravenspire novel came out. Because the cover is dark and gorgeous, completely different from her other covers in the series. Are you ready?

Here it is:

Like I said: Dark. Gorgeous. And might I add mysterious, sexy, and dangerous? Heck, if this cover were an character, I would be seriously inclined to make it my next book boyfriend.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review: I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Book: I'll Give You The Sun
Author: Jandy Nelson
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA contemporary
Publisher: Dial Books
Pages: 384
Release: September 16th, 2014

“We were all heading for each other on a collision course, no matter what. Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.” 

At first, Jude and her twin brother are NoahandJude; inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. 

Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor. 

The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world. 

This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Review: Secrets of the Tally by Halie Fewkes

Book: Secrets of the Tally
Author: Halie Fewkes
Series: Secrets of the Tally #1
Genre: YA fantasy
Source: hardcover, author (thank you, Halie!)
Pages: 330 
Release: August 21st, 2015

Meet Allie: she's just woken up in an empty forest with blood on her hands and everything she's ever known wiped from her mind. In her survival-oriented world, people are hunted by vicious predators and it quickly becomes clear that they are specifically hunting her. 
Allie's friends and sister have no insight as to why she's a target, and her only clue is a list of tally marks she finds tucked away, detailing how many lives she's saved and how many deaths she's caused. Judging by the amount of ink slashed across the page and the fact that nobody seems to know about it, Allie knows she used to have secrets that need to be recovered. 
Without knowing whom to trust, she finds herself drawn to a new stranger in the caves they call home, and even though he won't talk about his own past, he's ready to help Allie recover hers. 
The problem now is that Allie's instinct to survive is the only thing strong enough to bring her memories back. Flashes of her old self will only surface to save her from life threatening danger, so if she wants to avoid living as an echo of her former self, danger is what she must seek.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Book: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Genre: YA/NA fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 699
Release: May 2nd, 2017

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Review: Ignite by Skye Malone

Book: Ignite
Author: Skye Malone
Series: The Kindling Trilogy #2
Genre: YA paranormal
Source: author (thank you!)
Publisher: Wildflower Isle
Release: July 27th, 2013
Pages: 269

Find your people. Save us all.

When a horrific assault on their hideout leaves the Hunters shattered, Ashe has only one choice: follow Carter’s orders and embark on a desperate mission to find the Merlin wizards and expose the secret sect of the Blood once and for all. She only has one problem.

She has to convince her people the Blood exist first.

It will be no easy task. Scorn for the Hunters runs deep and the Merlin wizards are fighting a war all their own. No one can be trusted and nothing is what it seems. On her own and with no hope of support, Ashe is in a race against time to stop a conflict that is spiraling dangerously out of control.

But when old prejudice turns deadly, Ashe’s mission becomes more desperate still. Betrayal lurks around every corner. Dark revelations challenge all that she thought she knew.

And suddenly the Blood aren’t the only ones after her anymore.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

June TBR!

Happy June! Wow, the summer solstice is almost upon us, huh? Crazy! Get ready for the longest day of the year!

Longer days = more daylight = more ideal reading times. So what better to kick June off with a TBR post?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Almost Summer Bookhaul!

Hi guys!

So, the sun is shining over here ('s been rainy these past few days). And what does the sun make me want to do?

Now, the standard answer would be "buy books to read outside." However, if you've been sticking around with me for these past 2 years, you'll know that I'm an interesting person in the sense I dislike the heat. So when the sun is bright and the temperatures are bringing to soar, for me it's the absolutely perfect weather to be sprawled out comfortably in my room, nose buried in a book. (Please believe me when I say I have good reasons for disliking heat.)

Regardless! Sun = perfect time to read books = books = book haul!

So without further ado (no games this time either, as fun as it was last time), allow me to present my latest beauties :)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Guest Post by Inkitt: Online Platforms - Alternative Publishing Routes

Hi guys!

Do you know of the online publishing platform Inkitt? They're an online reader-powered book publisher. I recently was given the honour of being in contact with them and having them on my blog for a guest post regarding online publishing, specifically towards YA! Given that I know there are a lot of aspiring writers out there, I figured this would be a pretty beneficial post for all of us, perking many people's interest (mine included!). 

Without further ado, here's Inkitt's guest post on "How the Internet Is Opening Up Publishing For Hobby Writers to Distribute Their Work." I definitely enjoyed and learned a lot from this post; I hope you guys do too!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review: The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows

Book: The Mirror King
Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: The Orphan Queen #2 (final)
Genre: YA fantasy
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Release: April 5th, 2016
Pages: 531

Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies.

HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right. 

HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.

HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.

In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Review: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Book: Mistborn (The Final Empire)
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Mistborn (Book 1)
Genre: fantasy
Publisher: Tor Books
Release: July 25th, 2006
Pages: 667

Once, a hero rose to save the world. He failed.

For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and defeating the Lord Ruler. A new kind of uprising is being planned—one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine: a teenage street urchin named Vin.

Once, a hero rose to save the world and failed. This time, can a young heroine succeed?

Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: Don't Wake Me Up by M.E. Rhines

Book: Don't Wake Me Up
Author: M.E. Rhines
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA paranormal, contemporary
Source: ebook, author (thank you, M.E.!)
Publisher: Clean Reads
Pages: 169
Release: November 3rd 2016

He’s charming, funny, and incredibly hot. The only problem is, he’s a ghost.
When the chaos of school, her over-reactive mother, and her abusive boyfriend gets to be too much, sixteen-year-old Colleen turns to astral projection to escape it all. In the sanctuary of the astral plane, she mingles with the lost souls of the departed. They all need help to move on to the Summerland, and Colleen never turns down a spirit in need. 

Until she meets Daemon.

With just a glance, Daemon makes her forget all the turmoil back home. The calm is welcome and addictive, but Colleen knows the peace he offers will leave with him once he crosses over, forcing her to make a desperate decision: sever her ties to her physical body, or sabotage his salvation.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Everything, Everything Book Signing and Movie Screening!

Do you all remember the book Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon? The book that is being turned into a movie starring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson? In a rather sudden and unexpected turn of events, I found myself at a Nicola Yoon book signing two days ago. But it wasn't just any normal book signing...the first 50 people in line received tickets to the advanced viewing of the movie adaptation of Nicola Yoon's book Everything, Everything! And who would have known that luck was on my side?

And so, me and three friends woke ourselves up relatively early and chummed our way to the bookstore where we sat and waited for it to open...

Friday, May 5, 2017

Bookish Musing and Ponderings: Book Hangovers

Welcome to another of my Bookish Ponderings instalments! This is the third one, I believe :D

So from this post, I asked everyone to vote on a topic I should discuss. The answer to the poll was book feels (BOOK FEELS HELP), and though that still is partially the topic, my posted ended up morphing into a discussion about coping with book hangover feels. So I'll just go with it and do a separate Musing and Pondering post on coping with spontaneous book feels another time :)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Is that Erika? Did she finally escape from the evil clutches of reality (again)?

YES, I DID. THANK THE GODS. Which means I can actually do a proper TBR post (since I haven't done one in ages). Hooray!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Rise of the Dawnstar Blog Tour: Review, Interview, and Giveaway!

Hi guys! Welcome to my stop of The Rise of the Dawnstar blog tour. I'm so happy to be a part of it! My stop will feature an interview with the fantastic author Farah Oomerbhoy herself, plus a review. And there's a giveaway at the end! Tons of cool stuff for you all just waiting to be read ;) 

Book: The Rise of the Dawnstar
Author: Farah Oomerbhoy
Series: The Avolonia Chronicles (Book 2)
Genre: YA fantasy
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release: April 24th, 2017

Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.

The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world.

With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen.

Aurora might have survived her first battle against Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review: Fire in You by J. Lynn

Book: Fire in You
Author: J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)
Series: Wait for You #6 (final)
Genre: NA romance 
Pages: 390
Release: November 28th, 2016

From the # 1 New York Times and International bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J.Lynn, comes a richly moving story about heartbreak and guilt, second chances and hope. Full of familiar, fan-favorite characters and no two people more deserving of a happy ending, Fire In You will burn bright beyond the last page…

Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun. It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.

She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.

Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the past sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review: The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Book: The Sun Is Also A Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA contemporary
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 348
Release: November 1st 2016

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Friday, March 3, 2017

Review: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Book: A Torch Against the Night
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #2 (ongoing)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 452
Release: August 30th 2016

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: Kindling by Skye Malone

Book: Kindling
Author: Skye Malone
Series: Kindling Trilogy #1
Publisher: Wildflower Isle

Pages: 386

Source: author (e-copy)

Release: February 7th 2013

Never leave the farm. Never talk about the past. Never bring up the night your mother died or the years you can’t recall.

Remember only that you’re safe.

On her farm in rural Montana, Ashley believes she has a normal life. Sure, her father is gone a lot on business and her childhood is a mystery. But life is good.

Until one night changes everything.

Masked men with inhuman abilities attack her home, burning everything and killing all in their path. A strange boy named Cole comes out of nowhere on a frantic mission to save her life. She’s thrust into a world she never knew existed—a world of dangerous secrets, gun-wielding saviors, and magically adept villains who look just like everyone else.

But the threat doesn’t end there. The people who burned her home are hunting her for a dark and deadly reason, one that goes deep into the past she’s never been able to remember. One that means they will stop at nothing to find her.

One that means Ashley is far more than she appears.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Update: I'm Alive + Vote!

Happy February! 

You're all thinking: "Is it just me, or did Erika disappear again? Didn't she say she'd be back in full action come January?"

Guilty as charged. *hangs head in shame* January was not my month. I have not picked up nor finished an actual book since 2017 began (though I did read Black Beauty for one of my classes, but that doesn't count because I had to stress over a very large presentation on it the following week, so I didn't enjoy it very much. Plus it's not really the kind of genre I like to read). I shamefully have 3 e-arcs I still haven't read through. I've had to renew the library books I've taken out, because the three weeks that I normally 100% could finish them in have whizzed by.

Ugh. As a normally, quite extensively heavy reader, I feel like I've been deprived water or something.

BUT, I have not forgotten about you guys. Quite the opposite. I miss you guys. I miss our talks. I miss fangirling. I miss BOOKS. Gods, I miss books. I miss peace and quiet and books and reading so I can gush over everything to you guys. But I am (more or less) back(ish)! Though it will be more of a gradual transition thing, as there are still a few loose ends I need to tie up. But I am coming back to my normal presence, with this haphazard post as proof!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bookish Musings and Ponderings: Goodreads Challenge

Welcome to the second segment to my Musing and Ponderings instalments: discussion-based posts on book-related topics!

Today's topic of discussion: the Goodreads Challenge!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!

Welcome, 2017! May you bring much happiness and joy to everyone :) I have a few New Year's resolutions, which I figured I might as well share the book/blogging related ones with you!