Thursday, November 30, 2017

Mini Review: Night Of Cake And Puppets (Daughter Of Smoke And Bone #2.5) by: Laini Taylor

Release Date: September 12, 2017
from Little Brown Books for Young Readers
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"In this stand-alone companion to the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone series
comes the story of Mik and Zuzana's fantastical first date—as a gorgeously illustrated gift edition with bonus content included.
Petite though she may be, Zuzana is not known for timidity. Her best friend, Karou, calls her "rabid fairy," her "voodoo eyes" are said to freeze blood, and even her older brother fears her wrath. But when it comes to the simple matter of talking to Mik, or "Violin Boy," her courage deserts her. Now, enough is enough. Zuzana is determined to make the first move, and she has a fistful of magic and a plan. It's a wonderfully elaborate treasure hunt of a plan that will take Mik all over Prague on a cold winter's night before leading him to the treasure: herself! Violin Boy is not going to know what hit him.
New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor brings to life a night only hinted at in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy—the magical first date of fan-favorites Zuzana and Mik. Originally published as an ebook, this new print edition will include breathtaking black and white illustrations, plus bonus content in a gorgeous package perfect for new and current fans of the series."

My Thoughts:

I was late to the Daughter Of Smoke And Bone game, but when I finally read the trilogy I devoured it. I absolutely adored this world and Karou and Akiva stole my heart. But along with those two, I fell in love with Zuzana and Mik. They stole every single scene throughout the trilogy and brought so much light to the darkness and heartache that was that series. But when I finally finished binging the trilogy I just wasn’t ready to read this novella. I wanted to save it for when I wanted to visit this world again and I am so so glad I did that. Because little did I know, not long after I finished the series I would discover that this novella was getting the hardcover and illustrated treatment and so when I was finally ready to go back to this world I got to read this gorgeous edition of the book. The illustrations added so much to the story and I loved it. This novella was wonderful and I loved getting to experience something that was only referenced in the books. This was such a sweet story and I loved getting inside Zuzana and Mik’s head. It was sweet and fun and weirdly romantic and it was just SO Zuzana and Mik. I adored every single second of this novella and the illustrated pictures at the end were EVERYTHING. Fans of this series should not skip this novella.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #249: Daughter Of The Siren Queen by: Tricia Levenseller

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"The capable, confident, and occasionally ruthless heroine of Daughter of the Pirate King is back in this action-packed sequel that promises rousing high seas adventures and the perfect dash of magic.

Alosa's mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he's under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father's justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.

In Daughter of the Siren Queen, Tricia Levenseller brings together the perfect mix of thrilling action, tense battle scenes, and a heart-pounding romance." 

The first one was so good and I am dying to know where this series goes!

Daughter Of The Siren Queen will be released on February 27, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

Book Review: The Valiant (The Valiant #1) by: Lesley Livingston

Release Date: February 14, 2017
from Razorbill
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"Princess. Captive. Gladiator.

Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king, the sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha, and the sworn enemy of Julius Caesar.

When Fallon was a child, Caesar’s armies invaded her homeland, and her beloved sister was killed in battle.

Now, on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is eager to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in the fearsome Cantii war band. She never gets the chance.

Fallon is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators—owned by none other than Julius Caesar. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival.

Now Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries and deadly fights—in and out of the arena. And perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her forbidden yet irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier."

My Thoughts:

This is one of those books I’m torn on. When I was reading it I really enjoyed it, but once I put it down there was no burning desire to pick it back up. And because of that it took me a while to get through.

I think part of my problem was that I saw a lot of the story coming. As bloggers, we know that it’s hard to surprise us because we read so much, but usually something catches me a bit off guard, but here I never really got that feeling. And I felt like the story was building to something big and then the end just felt rushed upon us and kinda anticlimactic. It’s weird cause I liked this one, but I don’t know if I have a real desire to read the sequel. I don’t know if there really needs to be a sequel. I know there are some loose threads, but I feel like they could have been wrapped up in this one but just weren’t.

Aside from my complaints, I did enjoy this one. Fallon is a great heroine and I liked her a lot. I liked her fighting spirit and her fierceness. I wouldn’t say she goes into the heroine hall of fame, but she was strong and enjoyable. Elka was also great and I liked her friendship with Fallon. Cai, our love interest, was swoony as one would expect, but I wish I had gotten to know him better and see why and when he fell for Fallon. Honestly, their dynamic and the inequality of power was tough for me. I liked them together but I wish it had been fleshed out a bit more. My favorite character of course disappears within the first few chapters so that royally sucked.

All in all, The Valiant was a good read, even if it didn’t live up to my high expectations. I really liked Fallon and even though it was a bit predictable I liked her story. The female gladiators are definitely badass and it was interesting seeing that explored.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #248: Brave by: Tammara Webber

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"Courage means rising up to defend your beliefs...
or daring to question them.

Erin McIntyre was captivating, but forbidden
His professional subordinate
The embodiment of unearned privilege
The daughter of his sworn enemy

Isaac Maat was impossible to read
Smart, ambitious, and emotionally detached
Hotter than anyone's boss should ever be
And definitely hiding something...

He told himself that getting to know her would help him take down her father.
She told herself that getting under his skin would distract her wrecked heart from its misery.

Neither predicted their private war would lead to an intimate battle in which the victor would be the first one to SURRENDER." 

I have loved Easy, Breakable and Sweet and I cannot wait to get my hands on this one!

Brave will be released on December 19, 2017.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'm Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

Happy Thanksgiving week! Here are the ten books I am forever grateful I read because they will always have a special place in my heart.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Mini Review Thirteen Reasons Why by: Jay Asher

Release Date: October 18, 2007
from Razorbill
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"You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever."

My Thoughts:

There’s not much I can say about this book that hasn’t already been said, so I’ll keep this short. This is one of those books… one of those books that everyone needs to read because it has such an important message. It’s the kind of book that makes you realize that everything you do has an impact and that you never know what someone else is going through. Some of the things that happened to Hannah may seem like nothing, but to someone who was already drowning it was everything. But then there are other things that happen to Hannah that nobody should have to deal with. This book is heartbreaking because every single sign was there and nobody saw them or did anything to reach out to Hannah. And it makes you wonder how many signs you may be missing because you ignore signs or brush them off. This is the kind of book that when you finish you need some time to decompress from and while it is a heartbreaking read, I also think it’s a necessary read.

Friday, November 17, 2017

On My Shelf: Wallbanger by: Alice Clayton

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.

I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book and I even have most of the series on my shelf, but I just haven't gotten around to them. I think it's because I always have so many contemporary reads for review that I rarely get around to the ones on my shelf, but I think I really need to make time for this one.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book Review: The Afterlife Of Holly Chase by: Cynthia Hand

Release Date: November 7, 2017
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and
spoiled she'd become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn't.

And then she died.

Now she's stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge--as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly's afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . ."

My Thoughts:

This book was so much fun. It’s one of those books that is relatively light hearted but still manages to punch you in the gut every now and then. This book was filled with such wonderful characters and my Christmas loving heart loved this twist on A Christmas Carol.

I have to start with Holly, because I absolutely loved Holly. And what I loved most about Holly is how unlikable she is. Honestly, Holly is a terrible person when we first meet her and even along the way she grows but she still has her flaws and could be considered selfish and stuck up. To me this is what made her great. Because behind that flawed, selfish, and spoiled girl was a girl who endured a lot of heartache at a young age and coped with it the only way she knew how.

And then there was a wonderful cast of secondary characters. Ethan is another one whose flaws made him better. Grant and Marty were a bunch of fun. Boz was great and Dave was so sweet and kind. And my favorite of them all was Stephanie. She was such a great character and a great friend to Holly.

This book was a great blend of contemporary and fantasy. It definitely takes place in the real world but has this fantasy otherworld aspect to it. Holly comes such a long way over the course of the book and I loved her journey. I also loved Project Scrooge as a whole. The whole idea was so wonderfully put together and the way they orchestrated the Christmas ghosts was great. The book takes place over a whole year and we watch Project Scrooge tackle a Scrooge from beginning to end. I did think it dragged a tiny bit in the middle, but in the end it all came together well.

The Afterlife Of Holly Chase is a great modern day twist on A Christmas Carol. It’s about learning and growth and coming to terms with what life throws at you and what you give back. I truly enjoyed it beginning to end.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #247: The Queen's Rising by: Rebecca Ross

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"When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?" 

This sounds like my kind of read!

The Queen's Rising will be released on February 6, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Recent Reads: Shifters and Ghosts and Magic

Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookout app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of shifters, ghosts, and magic.


Monday, November 13, 2017

Blog Tour: The Speaker (Sea Of Ink And Gold #2) by: Traci Chee (Review & Excerpt)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Speaker by Traci Chee! For my stop I have my review and an excerpt from The Speaker
Release Date: November 7, 2017
from G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"After escaping the clutches of the Guard, Sefia and Archer slip into the safety of the forest to tend to their wounds and plan their next move. Archer finds himself struggling with the trauma of his painful memories from captivity and the impressors cruelty. But when Sefia and Archer happen upon a crew of impressors in the wilderness, Archer finally an escape from his nightmares – hunting impressors and freeing the boys they hold captive. The two quickly travel across the kingdom of Deliene rescuing boys while Sefia continues to investigate the mysterious Book and its secrets. But something strange seems to be happening to Archer. The more battles they fight and boys they rescue, the more violence Archer craves, ultimately threating to transform him from the gentle boy Sefia knows to a grim warrior with a cruel destiny. As Sefia begins to unravel the threads that connect Archer’s fate to her parents’ betrayal of the Guard, she and Archer must figure out a way to subvert the Guard’s plans before they are ensnared in a war that will pit kingdoms against each other, leaving their future and the safety of the entire world hanging in the balance."

My Thoughts:

Last year I was introduced to the world of The Reader and was amazed by how unique it was and the numerous layers to the story. So of course I was dying to jump into The Speaker as soon as possible. I really liked The Reader, but I absolutely LOVED The Speaker. This book blew me away and I fell in love with this world even more.

I’ve always loved Sefia and I came to love her even more in this one. She is so strong and smart and I love how far she is willing to go for those she loves. And of course I loved Archer. He absolutely breaks my heart, but I love how far he has come. I also still adore Captain Reed and I loved getting more to his story. And of course there are still the villains I love to hate. Tanin is such a complicated villain and I love that. I love how she isn’t straightforward. And then we have some new characters who stole my heart. Frey is wonderful and one of my favorite new additions. And Ed and Arc were probably my favorite of all the new additions. Their story seems disconnected from the rest of the plot, but of course there was more to their story than initially meets the eye and I just loved them both and love the complexity to their story.

Aside from the characters though, this is simply a fantastic world. The whole concept of a world without literacy or books just changes the dynamic so much and makes for such a captivating world. There are so many layers to this world and the plot that it challenges you as a reader and makes it so engaging. I love the hidden messages and I love how all the seemingly random plots come together and how everything is intertwined.

The Speaker is a great sequel to The Reader and in many ways it surpasses it. It was so easy to get lost in this book and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book.


Chapter 3
The Call of Thunder

Impressors. The word dredged up the memories that flooded Archer whenever he closed his eyes: Hatchet, Redbeard, Palo Kanta, the fights, chains, and crates, the branding iron on his upper arm—the sizzle of flesh and the stink of singed hair—each burn a sign of his victory.

Of each of the boys he’d killed. Of the animal he’d been. 

At his feet, the wheel ruts and boot prints blurred together as he stared at the dusty track. He touched his arm, his fingers splaying over the burns the impressors had given him. They’d called it the “count”—an official record of his kills. Fifteen fights overseen by arbitrators. Fifteen deaths for which Hatchet got paid handsome amounts of money. Fifteen burns to get him to the final fighting ring in Jahara, where one more kill would get him an audience with the Guard. 

His nails dug into his flesh. He’d killed so many more than that. And now he knew it. In the Guard’s office beneath Corabel, Rajar had triggered the return of his memories, and with them had come his voice, his conscience, his guilt.

He closed his eyes, and the dream from that morning came rushing back to him, as vivid as if he were living it all over again. He’d completely obliterated Argo’s face—teeth and flakes of bone protruding through layers of muscle and flesh.

There was a roaring in his blood.

“That’s right, boy!” Hatchet’s face swam before him, ruddy skin and watery eyes. “We’re going to make a killing off you!”

He leapt for Hatchet’s throat. “Archer!”

He opened his eyes. Sefia was peering up at him, her face filled with concern.

He staggered back, half-afraid he’d attack her in his delir- ium. “Did they go west?” His voice came out as a growl, unfa- miliar even to himself.

She reached for him. “Archer—”

But he drew back again. His limbs ached, wanting to fin- ish the jump, wanting to grab and fight and wound. His body yearned for it. “Did they go west?” he repeated.

For a moment Sefia studied him, and he saw a flicker of guilt in her teardrop eyes. Her father’s eyes, she’d told him once.

He knew it wasn’t her fault. She wasn’t her parents. She hadn’t even been born when they’d done those things. But how could he look at her now without seeing the impressors, the fights, the kills? She’d never look at him with such compassion if she knew what he’d done, what he’d been, what kind of vio- lence still thrashed inside of him. 

At last, she nodded.

He gripped the hilt of his sword and headed west, with Sefia, for once, trailing behind.

With each step, dust billowed at his heels. With each step, he drew closer to his enemy. His footfalls became a chant: Soon. Soon. Soon. He channeled all his anger into that—the promise of retribution. Soon.

Dusk came and went. Stars cluttered the sky. But Archer didn’t stop until they found the impressors camped under the moonlight.

His heart took up the refrain. Soon. Soon. Soon.

Slinging off their packs, Archer and Sefia crept forward, peering through the leaves.

The camp was positioned between a willow thicket and a se- ries of creeks that gleamed faintly beyond the branches. Men and women lounged about, while sentries patrolled the perim- eter, guarding the carts, the horses, and the boys hunkered be- side a meager fire.

At the sight of them, his anger lashed inside him like a storm on the rocks. Soon. The boys were ragged and dirty, shackled at the hands and ankles. Each one had a burn, pink and taut, around his throat.

Archer’s hand went to his own neck, tracing the puckered skin. The boys were like him—candidates to lead the Guard to victory in their Red War.

According to legend, the boy with the scar would be the greatest military commander the world had ever seen. He’d conquer all Five Islands in the bloodiest altercation in living memory.

And he’d die soon after. Alone.

Rajar’s voice came back to him, low and harsh: Who are you, boy? Are you the one we’ve been looking for?

The leaves rustled as Sefia shifted beside him. “Seven boys?” she whispered. “I thought impressors only had one at a time.”

Archer was already tallying up their weaponry, studying the patterns the sentries made as they paced the edge of the clear- ing. Inside him, the storm was building—almost ready to break. “Hatchet had five when I was kidnapped,” he said, sliding his gun from its holster. “The last of them died weeks before you met me.”

Some were killed in training, some in the ring. But once Archer had started winning, displaying a gift for violence that made him feared even among his captors, Hatchet hadn’t both- ered with any other candidates.

Did he know something I didn’t? Archer wondered. Did he suspect?

“I’ll drive off the impressors,” he said. He could feel the fight at his fingertips. Soon. “Will you free the boys?”

Sefia touched the pocket of her vest where she kept her lock picks. “That’s the least I can do,” she said.

Archer watched her try and fail to smile, guilt edging her expression. Reaching out, he traced the green feather she wore in her hair. 

He could have kissed her, despite everything. Wanted to kiss her. Because if they didn’t make it, he wanted to have done it one last time.

But he didn’t deserve her. He knew that now. He was a mur- derer. An animal who couldn’t stop himself from killing. Even if he’d wanted to.

Before she could speak, he launched himself through the branches, letting off two quick gunshots before the impressors could even cry out.

Two men dropped dead.

And like a sudden downpour cleansing him of dust, the fight broke over him—brilliant, purifying, clear—he could see every move, every attack and counterattack, every feint and parry and thrust in exquisite detail. Like magic. Like the reading Sefia described.

Terrifying . . . and beautiful.

Shouts went up around the clearing as the impressors grabbed their pistols and swords, but they were too slow. Much too slow.

He ran the nearest man through with his blade, felt the steel shiver as it scraped bone.

His nerves sang with the sensation.

Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Sefia dash toward the group of manacled boys. As she passed an impressor, she flung one of her knives. It pierced his shoulder.

With a snarl, he pulled his revolver.

Archer’s first instinct was to protect her. Shield her. But he was too far. 

“Sefia!” Her name ripped from his throat.

The gun went off. There was an explosion of powder and flame.

Sefia drew herself up to her full height, her eyes blazing, her hair whipping around her shoulders like black water.

She lifted her fingers and, with nothing more than a flick of her wrist, sent the bullet whizzing into the dirt.

The impressor’s jaw dropped. Sefia smirked. Sweeping her hand through the air, she threw him into a tree. Branches snapped. He landed at the base of the trunk, an arm twisted beneath him.

She didn’t need protection.

Grinning, Archer turned to the fight again. He slashed a woman across the stomach and ducked, pulling her in front of him as the others peppered them with bullets. Her body jerked at each impact—and then was still. Hot blood ran down his arm, slick and satisfying.

He shoved the corpse at the nearest impressor and rushed in among them, hacking, beating, slashing, like the fight was a dance and he knew all the steps.

But even for him, there were too many. Too many bullets to dodge. Too many hits to avoid. A shot grazed him, then another. Someone cut him across the thigh—a flash of pain.

Across the clearing, Sefia unshackled one of the boys. And another.

A woman struck at Archer’s exposed side. He knew the sword was coming, saw the arc of the steel. He wouldn’t be quick enough to evade it.

He felt the edge score him. This one would bite deep. He gritted his teeth, anticipating the pain. But before the impres- sor could finish the blow, another scarred boy bounded up and cut her head from her body with a heavy curved sword.

For a moment, their gazes locked. The boy had black hair and green eyes, and beneath the layer of dirt, his face had the tan, weathered look of someone who lived along the ice—short summers, blisteringly cold winters. Gormani, maybe, from the northernmost province in Deliene. A deep scar ran down his cheek like a trail of water.

As he and Archer stared at each other, a smile split his face wide open.

Then they were fighting side by side, turning away im- pressors, fighting and killing, their blades glinting with blood and firelight. Together, they were deadly, terrifying, exultant. Through the melee, Archer could hear the boy laughing, his unfettered joy infectious as they defended each other, blocking, jabbing, like lightning and thunder, two parts of a whole.

Together they fought until the impressors ran off or laid down their arms in surrender. As the thrill of battle seeped out of him, Archer watched them bleeding, helpless, in the gravel. He could have killed them. He wanted to kill them.

Dimly,  he heard Argo’s  wet, broken voice: Please. Don’t.
Please, I beg you. Please . . .

And he remembered killing him anyway. The moment the rock struck. The moment the words twisted into garbled moans . . . and lapsed into silence.

Archer’s vision spun. His injuries throbbed. His weapons were so heavy, they trembled in his hands.

He wasn’t the animal anymore. 

But deep inside him, he thought he heard the growl of thunder.

Across the clearing, the other boy was staring at him again, his green eyes glinting with such suppressed glee that Archer, to his surprise, found himself grinning back, as if they were little kids sharing some delicious secret.

As Sefia released the last boy from his chains, she turned to Archer, her face flushed with excitement, and before he knew it they were together, his arms around her like he was a lost ship and she was his mooring.

He slid a stray lock of hair back behind her ear, his finger- tips burning where they brushed her forehead, her temple, her neck. Sefia held completely still in his arms, as if she were even afraid to breathe.

Kiss her. The thought gripped him. Before you remember your anger, your guilt, your violence. Before—

But a sudden cry from the center of camp thrust them apart.

His hands fell to his sides, cold, aching, empty.

The boys had surrounded the prisoners, jeering, prodding, teasing them with the tips of their scavenged weapons. There was the slap of flesh on flesh, and someone let out a laugh: “All right, bonesuckers, who wants to go first?”
Excerpted from The Speaker by Traci Chee Copyright © 2017 by Traci Chee. Excerpted by permission of G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Week One
October 30 – Ex Libris – Review
October 31 – Bette’s Pages – Review with photos
November 1 – Never2Many2Read – Review
November 2 – ButtermyBooks – Review
November 3 – YA Wednesdays – Favorite Quotes

Week Two
November 6 – FlyLeaf Chronicles – Review
November 7 – The Fox’s Hideaway – Review
November 8 – In Wonderland – Review
November 9 – Book Reviews Express – Review
November 10 – Brianna Book Binding – Review

Week Three
November 13 – Readers Live A Thousand Lives – Excerpt and Review
November 14 – Good Choice Reading – Review with Photo
November 14 – Love Is Not a Triangle – Review
November 15 – Dazzled by Books – Review with bookish Candle
November 16 – A Belle’s Tale – review and Spotlight
November 17 – MelihYoutuber – Review

Week Four
November 20 – The Blonde Bookworm – Review
November 21 – Seeing Double in Neverland – Review
November 22 – Bookshelves and Paperbacks – “5 Reasons Why You should Read The Reader & The Speaker” with Moodboard
November 23 – Across the Words – Review
November 24 – Eastern Sunset Reads – Review

Traci Chee is the New York Times bestselling author of The Reader. An All-around word geek, she
loves book arts and art books, poetry and paper crafts. She studied literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and earned a master of arts degree from San Francisco State University. Traci grew up in a small town with more cows than people, and now feels most at home in the mountains, scaling switchbacks and happening upon hidden highland lakes. She lives in California with her fast-fast dog.

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