The Fire Wish by Amber Lough | Emily Reviews!

The Fire Wish by Amber Lough | Emily Reviews!

My Review The Fire Wish is set in Baghdad during a time when the humans are at war with the jinni.  Although once humans and jinni worked together and shared their knowledge, because of the war the jinni are now confined to live in a series of underground caves while the humans basically control the Earth.  That is, until a young female jinni named Najwa who is studying to become a spy returns from a scouting trip above ground with a flower that only blooms within the palace grounds. While the jinni sort out the implications of Najwa’s ability, we are introduced to another narrator, Zayele.  Zayele is a young human girl who lives in a town a few days ride from Baghdad, called Zab.  She is forced into an arranged marriage with the prince and sent to Baghdad.  While on her way there, Najwa and Zayele encounter each other.  Zayele captures Najwa and… Read more »

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Thursday Thoughts (15): Readathons

Thursday Thoughts (15): Readathons

It’s Danie here and it is time again for Thursday Thoughts!  If you don’t remember what Thursday Thoughts is, it’s hosted by Ok, Let’s Read.  She is inviting us to share our thoughts about a specific bookish topic each week, link up and then chat with each other about the topics.  So far it’s been such a fun way to talk more about bookish-ness and less about specific books, and really any excuse to talk about bookish things I will totally take.  Definitely go check out her introduction post for more information, as well as a list of all the upcoming topics!  There will also be a link-up over there that will let you read everyone’s thoughts on the topic! This week our topic is read-a-thons! Have you ever participated in a read-a-thon? If so, which one was it and what was your experience? If not, do you want to participate in one? Do you like… Read more »

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson | Danie Reviews!

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson | Danie Reviews!

My Review   I’m super pumped that I finally read this. I’ve had a copy for a couple weeks now, but it’s been on my radar for a few months. I finally couldn’t hold off any longer.   Before meeting Sloane, Emily was a shy teenage girl who spent most of her time at home. Then Sloane comes along, and, despite being complete opposites, the two are inseparable. They meet when Sloane asks Emily to help her break into her own house, after being accidentally locked outside. Two years later, Sloane and her parents disappear. Emily goes over to her house one day, and nobody is there. Sloane doesn’t answer texts, she doesn’t answer calls, and never said goodbye. Emily is confused, until she gets a list in the mail from Sloane, with random things that Sloane wants her to do this summer. The list varies from tame things like… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday (20): Top Ten Authors We Own the Most Books From

Top Ten Tuesday (20): Top Ten Authors We Own the Most Books From

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week we are talking about our Top Ten Authors We Own the Most Books From.  We thought it would be fun to split the list so you can see the different authors we both love. Emily’s Top 5 Owned Authors 1. Robin Hobb – Seventeen.  After my most recent post about her, I’m sure this comes as no real surprise!  Hobb has written extensively in the Realms of the Elderlings world and I own every single one of them, plus have an ARC of the one that hasn’t come out yet.  I adore this series and this author, so was very pleasantly surprised to find that I own the most works of hers. The one issue is it’s about split between e-books and real books. I want to purchase them all in physical copy at some point for… Read more »

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Half a King by Joe Abercrombie | Emily Reviews!

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie | Emily Reviews!

My Review Half a King follows the story of Prince Yarvi, the second born son of his father, the King, and promised to the ministry.  We meet Yarvi as he is finishing his training for the ministry, and before he takes his tests and final oaths. But, just as he is about to leave for this final test, his father and elder brother are killed and Yarvi must leave behind his own dreams and ambitions and ascend to the throne. Yarvi is not particularly well-suited for leadership. He has a physical deformity which has separated him from his father and makes the people in his kingdom look down upon him.  He was perfectly happy to hide in the shadows and advise, rather than lead himself.  As soon as he takes the throne, he is pulled in many different directions by the adults in his life — the minister who was… Read more »

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ARC August Goal Post

ARC August Goal Post

  I’m pretty excited to announce that Emily and I will be participating in ARC August this year. This is a really awesome event hosted by Octavia over at Read.Sleep.Repeat. Basically, it’s a month-long ARC readathon. The goal is to try and get some of those ARCs cleared off of your shelves, whether they are physical ARCs, or from Netgalley/Edelweiss. Danie’s ARC August I am seriously the WORST at keeping up with ARCs. I really, really am. I request too many, and then I fall behind. So my goal for this ARC August is to read at least SIX ARCs. I’m really hoping to squeeze a couple more in there, but we’ll see how it goes. Beyond that though, my personal challenge for myself is to actually review all six of those books. I do this a lot, where I’ll read a book, think it’s so great…and then don’t do the review… Read more »

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Danie’s Book Haul (4)

Danie’s Book Haul (4)

  This post is linked up to Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is basically a weekly meme where we share what books we got during the week. Guys, I’m back!!! Finally! Between going to Disney for work, and then working almost 75 hours for a couple weeks after that, my time for blogging (and tweeting, and READING) has kind of been stretched very thin. I’ve been so exhausted. But thankfully, the crazy month of July is almost over, and things should be getting better. The girls all go back to school in about two weeks, so there won’t be as much of a need for a nanny ALL day, instead of just my normal hours. Finally, finally, finally. Anyway, since I’ve been working a RIDICULOUS amount of hours, I’ve had some pretty nice paychecks. Most of it has been going towards getting my car fixed, but… Read more »

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Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb | Emily Reviews!

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb | Emily Reviews!

My Review So I’m considering doing a series every now and again on some classic fantasy novel recommendations for you guys. From the comments it seems like many of you are just finding your way to fantasy recently and may have missed some of the great novels out there published before the 2000s. I’d love to help make some recommendations on where to go next!  Let me know if you guys like this idea and I’ll keep it up every once in a while! So why start with reviewing Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb?  A few reasons, really.  For some reason LOTS of people have been asking me on Twitter where to start with this series (and this is where I personally think you should start).  Also, Hobb has a new book coming out in this series this year, which I am super excited about and will be reviewing on the… Read more »

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Thursday Thoughts (14): Bookish Shame

Thursday Thoughts (14): Bookish Shame

It’s Emily here and it is time again for Thursday Thoughts!  If you don’t remember what Thursday Thoughts is, it’s hosted by Ok, Let’s Read.  She is inviting us to share our thoughts about a specific bookish topic each week, link up and then chat with each other about the topics.  So far it’s been such a fun way to talk more about bookish-ness and less about specific books, and really any excuse to talk about bookish things I will totally take.  Definitely go check out her introduction post for more information, as well as a list of all the upcoming topics!  There will also be a link-up over there that will let you read everyone’s thoughts on the topic! This week our topic is Bookish Shame - Do you read exclusively one of the following or a mix: Adult, New Adult, Young Adult, Middle Grade? What are your opinions on shaming adults who read YA?… Read more »

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell : Danie Reviews!

Landline by Rainbow Rowell : Danie Reviews!

My Review Let me start this review off with a disclaimer. I freaking love Rainbow Rowell. I would read her grocery lists, if that wasn’t slightly stalker-ish and creepy. I have read every one of her books, devoured them, inhaled them. So I made sure to get Landline on it’s release date. Landline is the story of Georgie McCool. Yes, that’s her real name. Just take a minute to absorb that. She and Neal are married with two daughters, Alice and Noomi. She, a television series writer, is the breadwinner in the family, while Neal is a stay-at-home-dad. For years, she has put her career – and her writing partner/longtime best friend, Seth – ahead of Neal and their marriage. Two days before they are supposed to leave to see Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie drops a bomb – a network wants to do a pilot of a… Read more »

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