Thursday, 25 February 2016


In a small town on the brink of the Civil War, Catrina finds a man making strange patterns in her family’s sorghum crop. He’s mad with fever, naked, and strikingly beautiful. He has no memory of who he is or what he’s done before Catrina found him in Stone Field. But that doesn’t bother Catrina because she doesn’t like thinking about the things she’s done before either.

Catrina and Stonefield fall passionately, dangerously, in love. All they want is to live with each other, in harmony with the land and away from Cat’s protective brother, the new fanatical preacher, and the neighbors who are scandalized by their relationship. But Stonefield can’t escape the truth about who he is, and the conflict tearing apart the country demands that everyone take a side before the bloodbath reaches their doorstep.

Inspired by Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Stone Field is a passionate and atmospheric story of how violence and vengeance pervert the human spirit, and how hatred can be transcended by love.

Title: Stone Field
Author: Christy Lenzi
Source: ARC via the Publisher
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: March 29, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Holy frickle frackle, this book is amazing. I have so many marked passages and I loved every second of it. Cat is the type of girl you root for because she goes through such a great transition from young adult to woman. It is one that I am fully supportive of.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: INTO THE DIM by Janet B. Taylor

This week I am waiting on a book that comes out SO SOON! This week's pick is one that Nicola has read and reviewed (and loved!) It is being marketed as  "Outlander for Teens" and even has a Diana Gabaldon blurb on the cover (!!!!). Say hello to...
INTO THE DIM by Janet B. Taylor
Author: Janet B. Taylor

Monday, 22 February 2016

REVIEW: NEVER FADE by Alexandra Bracken


Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #2
Source: Purchased from Kobo
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
I thought this was a case of sloppy execution. I felt like it was too much a repeat of the first novel and not enough of it's OWN novel. I thought maybe I would learn to love Liam and Ruby because I had heard such great things about how amazing he was, but I was left feeling kinda blah about it and them. It would have been better if the whole mind erasure thing from the first book hadn't happened because I wasn't a fan of it as a plot device, tbh.

Friday, 19 February 2016



Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father's killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite's father is murdered, and the killer—her parent's handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul's guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father's death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

Title: A Thousand Pieces of You
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #1
Source: Purchased from Kobo
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Honestly, this one started out a bit slow but picked up some pace. I enjoyed it but not nearly as much as I thought I would. The ending left me wanting more and I honestly don't see how there could be a sequel to it. Sure there were a couple things left unresolved, but in my opinion, not having read the second book, I would say this could have been a stand alone.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

8 Most Anticipated March 2016 Releases!

Author: Cori McCarthy
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 1, 2016

Grief turned Jaycee into a daredevil, but can she dare to deal with her past?

On the anniversary of her dardevil 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 disfunction, 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.

Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: March 8, 2016

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.


Monday, 15 February 2016

ARC REVIEW: 13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

Title: 13 Minutes
Author: Sarah Pinborough
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Published: February 18th, 2016
Rating: 4.5 stars
Summary: I was dead for 13 minutes.



Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.

Author: Brenda Drake
Series: Library Jumpers #1
Source: eARC via the Publisher
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I am actually sad to be writing this review right now because I wanted to love THIEF OF LIES because it sounded as though it had the makings to be a wonderful book. Alas, it fell short. It was more about the "sexy" than about the plot and I found myself wishing to be done the novel rather than enjoying reading it.

This book had so much potential, in my opinion. The plot is well thought out and I didn't mind that it was similar to others before because obviously I enjoyed those novels, so I would have enjoyed this one too. Except I didn't. Because I had to listen to Gia call Arik "sexy" about a billion times. It was so out of the blue and not the Gia that is described in the summary that I almost DNF-ed the book after the first "sexy" to be honest.

And this review is going to focus on the horrible romance instead of the plot. Why, you may ask? Because the book also focused on the romance instead of the plot. It was so romance heavy that I almost missed that there was an actual bad guy in the story and not just "hot" Veronique being the bad guy for making googly eyes at Arik. But the worst part about it is that the bad guy and his motives and the prophecy and all that were the best parts of this novel. They were so much stronger than "forbidden love" and "hot wizard betrothal" that I savoured the couple of paragraphs we got about the evil and the training, even though a lot of it felt like a history lesson nobody asked for.

I really, really, really wanted to like this one. I wanted to be enthralled by the libraries that we went to (which was minimal, tbh) and I wanted to be swept up in a fantasy world (also minimal) and even swept up in a background romance (not this blech we got). But none of that happened. It just felt like a bit of a waste to me. There was such intricate world building that was used solely for the purpose of a forbidden romance that most likely won't be forbidden by the end of the series.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: A GATHERING OF SHADOWS by V.E. Schwab

I fell in love with the first book in this series, and have since been eagerly anticipating the release of the next one. I called the first book the "Best Fantasy Book I've Ever Read" and I still stand by that. But that might all change once I read...
Author: V.E. Schwab
Series: A Darker Shade of Magic #2
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: February 23, 2016

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.


OPEN BLOG MONTH: Julia Ember with Babes From Books

Babes from Books

A Top 5 List by Julia Ember

I’ve seen quite a few Bookish Boyfriends or YA Dudes I’d Date posts floating about the blogosphere! And while I love them, when Nicola asked me to write a guest post, I wanted to write something well, a little bit queer.
So, when she picked this topic, I was more than happy to oblige! I present to you:  Babes from Books … Julia Ember’s most swooned over YA Book Ladies.

#1 --  Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Independent, lethal, resilient … really, really loves chocolate. What isn’t to love about Calaena? From the start, I found the way Sarah J. Maas’ wrote her sexy and intriguing. She has brutal fighting skills and she’s a survivor, yet she’s very femme. That’s a combination I unfortunately don’t seen often enough in YA. I loved how Calaena took control of her fear, stuck up for her friends and completely dominated in the trials. In the book, Maas’ describes her as having quite an elfish look with very fair hair and eyes. With the training regime she maintains, I imagine her being very athletic and muscular in build.

While I have no athletic skills whatsoever, I can definitely imagine myself hiding behind a pillar to watch her spar. There is something particularly alluring about a woman who can take out the Captain of the Guard. Our evenings could be spent overindulging in our mutual chocolate passion and obsessing about nice clothes.

Our First Date:  For our first date, I would take Calaena to The Chocolate Tree, a delicious little chocolatier/bakery in the heart of Edinburgh. The seating is in a small, enclosed back room, so Calaena’s natural assassin instincts wouldn’t cause her to feel too exposed. The streets in the area are small and winding. It would be easy for her to melt back into the crowd.

What I’d Wear: A black cape and a hood, so she wouldn’t feel stared at.

#2 – Alanna of Trebond from Alanna by Tamora Pierce

They say the first love is the deepest, don’t they? Although many Bookish Girlfriends have come after Alanna, my love for her has never dwindled in the decade since I first read the book. Alanna is all fire – a swift fighter, gifted mage, vengeful temper and a redhead. Given that she successfully disguised herself as a boy for four years, I’ve always thought of Alanna as quite petite and androgynous. Pierce describes Alanna’s eyes as brilliant violet.

Alanna always kind of reminded me of a sexy hedgehog. She has quite a bristly exterior and doesn’t like to dwell on her vulnerabilities. But underneath lies a deep loyalty towards her friends and a strong nurturing side, plus she’s absolutely brilliant at Secret Santa. Alanna managed to pass useful gifts to Keladry for years without being discovered.

Our First Date: For our first date, Alanna and I would go horse riding in the Highlands. Alanna is very active and we both love horses and magnificent scenery.

What I’d Wear: A classic dress with a sweeping skirt and a hat, plus a sidesaddle. Alanna is the white knight in shining armour type. Every knight needs a damsel. *cough*

#3 – America Singer from The Selection by Kiera Cass

I am a sucker for musical talent. America Singer comes from an entire family of musicians, she’s exceptionally skilled in her own right … and she was beautiful enough to snag a prince’s interest with just one photo. America is a social activist who isn’t easily intimidated into silence. She sticks up for her ideals and isn’t afraid to express them, even when doing so could put her in danger. America is whip-smart and easily destroys the arguments made by proponents of the unfair caste system that exists in her world.

I have huge amounts of respect for people who stick to what they think is right, no matter what.  America isn’t a warrior, but she’s brave in her own right. Plus, all things considered, a smile that can dazzle a prince, can probably dazzle me.

Our First Date:  In her role as a musician in a repressive cast system, America is always forced to perform in the background for others without becoming the centre of attention. I would take her to the opera so others could perform FOR HER and we’d sit in a private box. Afterwards, we’d head out to a rigorous political debate or a protest march.
What I’d Wear: Nice dress pants and a fancy sweater for the opera, but I’d wear an activist t-shirt underneath for the debate!

#4 – Swift from The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

Ever since I read The Abyss Surrounds Us, I had this feeling that Swift and I were meant to be. For a start, Swift is actually a lesbian, so aside from the fact that I have a girlfriend and Swift is fictional, there really are very few barriers to our relationship.

Swift is a badass lady pirate with a side-cut and a tattoo. Although she tries to act tough, Swift has a definite soft side towards the protagonist, Cass, and risks her own place on the ship in order to help Cass succeed. There are some really epic spooning scenes in the book – an activity that is vastly underrated and underrepresented in literature! I want some Swift Spoonage.

Our First Date:  I’m going to hazard a guess that Swift is probably pretty sick of boats, but she does seem to have a fascination with sea creatures (at least around Cass). So we’re off to the Aquarium to take a look at the beasts Swift sails over every day but can’t see because she’s in a boat and doesn’t swim very well.

What I’d Wear:  With her haircut and tattoos, Swift gives off a pretty cool, alternative vibe. I’d be freaking out that she wouldn’t think I was cool enough, SO I’d definitely wear an off the shoulder top to show off my own tattoo.

#5 – Shahrzad from The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Shazi is a spunky, brave tremendously gifted storyteller who doesn’t realise her own striking good looks. When her best-friend is killed by her kingdom’s capricious boy King, Shazi vows to get revenge. Unlike Celaena, she isn’t a trained assassin, so she has to rely on her wit and her charm in order to trap him at exactly the right moment. She keeps herself alive by telling stories Khalid can’t bear to leave unfinished. I am a huge Middle Eastern food aficionado and can’t think of a better date than listening to a beautiful girl tell stories.

Ahdieh is as sumptuous a storyteller as Shazi herself and most aspects of Shazi’s physical appearance, including the reactions of the men around her, are meticulously described. She has some killer dresses!

Our First Date: Shazi loves good stories above everything, so I think we would need to make our date a literary one! As she would be flying in from the Middle East, it makes sense for us to meet in London. We’d visit some top literary sites: Platform 9 ¾, The British Library, Foyles Bookshop, the independents on Charing Cross … and cap off our evening with a GIGANTIC FEAST.

What I’d Wear:  Shoes I can walk in! I have wedged trainers, so I could look fashionable and still stand up. I’d also bring an extra coat so I could smoothly offer it to Shazi if the temperature difference was too much!

That concludes my Babes from Books post! I hope you enjoyed my tongue-in-cheek look at a few terrific books.

About Me  / My Book

Twitter:  @jules_chronicle 
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Originally from Chicago, Julia Ember now resides in Sunny Scotland where she learned to enjoy both haggis and black pudding. She spends her days working as a professional Book Nerd for a large book wholesaler, and her nights writing YA Romantic Fantasy novels.  She also spends an inordinate amount of time managing her growing city-based menagerie of pets with Harry Potter themed names. 

A world traveller since childhood, Julia has now visited over 60 countries. Her travels inspire the fictional worlds she writes about and she populates those worlds with magic and monsters.


Jacket Copy: 

After a savage attack drives her from her home, sixteen-year-old Mnemba finds a place in her cousin Tumelo’s successful safari business, where she quickly excels as a guide. Surrounding herself with nature and the mystical animals inhabiting the savannah not only allows Mnemba’s tracking skills to shine, it helps her to hide from the terrible memories that haunt her.
Mnemba is employed to guide Mr. Harving and his daughter, Kara, through the wilderness as they study unicorns. The young women are drawn to each other, despite that fact that Kara is betrothed. During their research, they discover a conspiracy by a group of poachers to capture the Unicorns and exploit their supernatural strength to build a railway. Together, they must find a way to protect the creatures Kara adores while resisting the love they know they can never indulge.

That was fun, wasn't it?! I fully support those choices. Especially Aelin! Thank you for sharing your Bookish Babes, Julia! Think I may have to do one myself now. 

Who are your Top 5 Bookish Babes?

Until next time,

Monday, 8 February 2016

ARC REVIEW: THESE VICIOUS MASKS by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

THESE VICIOUS MASKS by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

Jane Austen meets X-­Men in this gripping and adventure-­filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London.

England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

Authors:Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
Source: eARC via the Publisher
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
So I really enjoyed this one. I love anything that resembles Jane Austen because Jane Austen is my homegirl (I wonder how she would feel about being called that). And I mean my phone case has a picture of Kitty Pryde on it so I think we all know that I love the X-Men. And that is what really sold me to even try this one out was the tagline that it is Jane Austen meets X-Men. And it does deliver on that front. But there is something almost missing from this one for me.

Q&A with the A Court of Thorns and Roses crew.

Today we have some very special guests here at Queen of the Bookshelves. The characters of A Court of Thorns and Roses by the lovely Sarah J. Maas very kindly set aside some time so that you, the fans, could ask them questions about themselves, their lives and world. An unbelievable amount of people asked such amazing questions that it was hard to choose which would make it! So without further ado, give a warm welcome to Feyre, Tamlin, Lucien and Rhys!

Hello everyone and thank you for consenting to an interview with me! (Especially you, Lucien! ;) ) It'd be a lie if I said that I wasn't excited. Today I will be asking you all a few questions selected from a hefty list submitted by very eager fans and readers.

Firstly, Rhys, have you ever crashed into a tree or something before while flying?

*raises an eyebrow* I’d certainly like to consider myself an expert at flying, but I’ll admit there have been some…incidents in the past, and that a tree or two might have gotten the better of me. And there may or may not have been a flying incident with a something at one point in the past few centuries. But that’s a story for another time—preferably with a decent amount of wine involved.

Do you read often, Tamlin? If so, what is your favourite book?

Not at all. It takes too long, and I can’t sit still long enough to do it. I let Lucien read the book, and then tell me all the good parts while we’re out on patrol.

Lucien: *cuts in* By ‘good parts’ he means—

Tamlin: * growls* They know what I mean.

Lucien: *snorts*

Feyre, what is your favourite thing to paint? Is there anything that you're particularly good at painting or want to improve at?

I don’t paint things, exactly. It’s more like…feelings. Feelings tied with those physical places. A memory, a moment—what I really love is translating it into color and light. As for what I’d like to improve… It’s been suggested that I practice my male nudes.

Lucien: *groans* Please don’t hang them in the hall. I don’t need to see Tamlin in his full glory every time I go to a meal.

Feyre: Yes, you do. It’s good for your health.

Lucien: *glares*

Feyre: *smirks*

Lucien, what is the most embarrassing moment that has happened to you that you can remember?

This interview. *smiles sweetly*

To all of you, what is your pet peeve?

Tamlin: Being stuck inside doing official High Lord paperwork. Does that count?

Lucien: Couples who don’t realize that there’s a third person living in this house with them and see every surface, closet, and room as a decent place to…enjoy each other.

Feyre: Everything out of Lucien’s mouth. And anything a certain High Lord of the Night Court does.

Rhys: *smiles at Feyre* Illiterate humans who don’t appreciate when they’re being helped. And, like sweet Feyre said, one-eyed Spring Court flunkies who need to learn to keep their mouths shut.

Feyre, Tamlin and Lucien, what is your favourite thing about the Spring Court? Do you ever get tired of eternal Spring?

Feyre: The lands—all the light and color and softness. It’s like a dream that I never want to wake up from.

Tamlin: The untamed wildness of the woods. And no—I never get tired of it. Are you implying that I should?

Lucien: My favorite thing about the Spring Court… The food. The peace. Or any time/place when Feyre and Tamlin aren’t making eyes at each other. Which is never and nowhere.

And Lucien, because an unbelievable amount of people have asked: Do you wear your hair in a manbun? (If you don't, you totally should. Just saying.)

First of all, I don’t know what that is and I’ve never heard of such a thing in any Court. But, a fool could figure out what that term means, so… *sighs* I suppose. When I’m going through my daily exercises with Tam.
Perhaps we should set out some chairs around the training ring so all of you can ogle us the way Feyre does.

Feyre: *rolls her eyes*

Thank you for sparing a moment in your extraordinarily busy lives to answer a few questions! It was a pleasure chatting with you all! Before we part, any hint as to what's coming next? *shifty eyes*

Tamlin: Absolutely nothing is coming next. We’re all happy and safe, and if anyone tries to disturb that peace, they’ll face the consequences.

Lucien: What Tamlin said. BUT… Something might already be happening. Emphasis on might, and stop giving me that look, Tamlin.

Feyre: ………Your guess is as good as mine about what’s coming next. Hopefully no one.

Rhys: *smiles slowly* 

Can't wait to read Feyre's next adventure in Prythian? A COURT OF MIST AND FURY hits shelves on May 3rd 2016.

Summary: Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.

If you enjoyed this, how about partaking in #AskToG? That's right; you can ask ANY of the Throne of Glass characters a question. Or questions. Interested? Click on the link below!

Massive love to Sarah for doing this. Stay awesome, gurl.

Until next time,