Thank you to Bloomsbury for providing me with an ARC of The Frog Princess Returns in exchange for an honest review!
Fans of E. D. Baker's The Frog Princess, rejoice! Fifteen years after the original, Princess Emma, Prince Eadric, and all the beloved characters are back for another magical adventure from popular author E. D. Baker.
Two weeks after Emma's birthday, Prince Eadric -- having been turned from a frog into a human again -- is still in Greater Greensward. One day, a beautiful princess named Adara arrives at the castle in Greater Greensward for a visit, claiming to be Emma's distant cousin. But Adara has other motives that threaten Emma and Eadric's blossoming romance.
Meanwhile, something is very wrong in Greater Greensward. Crops are dying, streams are drying up, and large sections of trees in the enchanted forest are withering -- all because the Fairy Queen has disappeared. Without her, there is no peace in the magical kingdom, and dangerous foes threaten to take advantage of her absence. Only brave, tenacious Emma with her knowledge of the land can restore order . . . but first she must set out on a journey unlike any before.
Brimming with lovable characters and page-turning magic, The Frog Princess Returns will bring a whole new batch of readers to E. D. Baker's highly acclaimed, wonderfully popular world of Frog Princess series.
A huge thank you to Simon and Schuster for providing me with a galley of Here Lies Daniel Tate in exchange for an honest review!
A young, street-savvy runaway looking for a place to call home realizes he might have conned his way into the wrong family in this fast-paced and thrilling novel from award-winning author Cristin Terrill.
When ten-year-old Daniel Tate went missing from one of California's most elite communities, he left no trace. He simply vanished.
Six years later, when he resurfaces on a snowy street in Vancouver, he's no longer the same boy. His sandy hair is darker, the freckles are gone, and he's initially too traumatized to speak, but he's alive. His overjoyed family brings him home to a world of luxury and comfort he can barely remember. In time, they assure him, he'll recover his memories; all that matters now is they're together again.
It's perfect. A miracle. Except for one thing.
He isn't Daniel Tate.
He's a petty con artist who accidentally stumbled into the scam of a lifetime, and he soon learns he's not the only one in the Tate household with something to hide. The family has as many secrets as they have millions in the bank, and one of them might be ready to kill to keep the worst one buried.
Thank you so much to Disney-Hyperion for sending me an ARC of Royal Bastards in exchange for an honest review!
Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.
At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children.
Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.
Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.
The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey . . .
Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of The Upside of Unrequited in exchange for an honest review!
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso has had 26 unrequited crushes, none of which she acted on as she was afraid of rejection- mostly because she believes she is fat. When her cynical twin, Cassie, meets a gorgeous girl named Mina and spirals down into lovesick oblivion, Molly must deal with the loneliness that comes with it. But, Cassie tries to set her up with a cute, redhead hipster boy named Will so she can spend time with both her girlfriend and Molly. Molly finds him good crush material, and she incessantly tells herself that she likes him so she can get both her first kiss and her twin back. But she soon finds herself falling for her chubby, Tolkien superfan coworker Reid, which isn't how the plan is supposed to go- right?
I am SO excited to be taking part in the Boldly Bookish Blog Tour that's being put on by the lovely folks at Bloomsbury! I've got a Q&A with author Brigid Kemmerer PLUS a giveaway from Bloomsbury!
They say hindsight is 20/20. At this point in my life, I get to be one of those people that say super-duper helpful things like that. Really though, what good does a phrase like that do? "Oh, you messed up? You did something you regret? Well, at least know you know that you messed up and you regret it. Gee, hindsight really is 20/20!"
I've only had one bad romance in my 25 years. And yep, after it was thankfully over, I had so many people offer helpful tidbits like the one above. Things that, after the fact, were absolutely useless and really just pissed me off. After five years though, I've realized what things I wanted to hear, not just after, but during my bad romance. And more importantly, I've realized what things I could have done to help myself. These things aren't of much help to me at this point, but bad romances happen every day, and you never know who might need to hear what I didn't.