Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!


Wishing you all a wonderful new year full of joy and happiness!!

God bless,
Kyendwarrior :)

Waiting on Wednesday Wk 33


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by the fabulous Jill over at Breaking the Spine!:)
*Last one of  2014!!*
What I'm waiting on this week:
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*Pretty cover!! It's so happy. :) * 

Plot blurb:
This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world.I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black--black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.


Sounds like an awesome book! ;)
Releases on September 1st, 2015
:D

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Update for December :D



Hi everyone!
Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday! :D

I'm so sorry I haven't been active lately; I expected my semi-hiatus to last until the end of last week, but several things came up unexpectedly, and I've been busy busy busy.  Hopefully, I'll be more free by the end of next week!!  (And maybe post some reviews and reflection posts. :D)

The transfer to tagging is still ongoing, and I really, really hope to be done with that by the end of this month/year (OMG 2014 IS ALMOST OVER!!). But I think I'll probably be done by the end of winter break in January lol.

I'm also hoping to do another giveaway soon (just cuz you guys are all awesome ;) ), but that's not set in stone.  If I do do (heh do do) a giveaway, it will most likely be in January.  

Happy Christmas Eve everyone! :)

Warmest wishes,
Kyendwarrior

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday Wk 32


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by the fabulous Jill over at Breaking the Spine!:)
What I'm waiting on this week:
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Plot blurb:

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights


Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.



She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.



1001 Arabian Nights retelling? YES PLEASE!

Comes out May 12th, 2015  
:) 
What are you waiting on this week? 



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday Wk 31


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by the awesome Jill over at Breaking the Spine!:)
(PS: I'm going to go on a semi-hiatus until the end of next week due to finals. Thank you for your understanding! :) )
What I'm waiting on this week:
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*This cover is so cute!*
Plot blurb:
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is Stonewall Book Award-winning author Brian Katcher’s hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens recovering from heartbreak and discovering themselves on an out-of-this-world accidental first date.

It all begins when Ana Watson's little brother, Clayton, secretly ditches the quiz bowl semifinals to go to the Washingcon sci-fi convention on what should have been a normal, résumé-building school trip.

If slacker Zak Duquette hadn't talked up the geek fan fest so much, maybe Clayton wouldn't have broken nearly every school rule or jeopardized Ana’s last shot at freedom from her uptight parents.

Now, teaming up with Duquette is the only way for Ana to chase down Clayton in the sea of orcs, zombies, bikini-clad princesses, Trekkies, and Smurfs. After all, one does not simply walk into Washingcon.

But in spite of Zak's devil-may-care attitude, he has his own reasons for being as lost as Ana-and Ana may have more in common with him than she thinks. Ana and Zak certainly don’t expect the long crazy night, which begins as a nerdfighter manhunt, to transform into so much more…


Sounds like a cute book!
What are you waiting on this week? ;)

Releases:
May 19th, 2015



Saturday, December 6, 2014

Movie Review: Mockingjay



*SPOILERS FOR THE HUNGER GAMES SERIES IN GENERAL*

I was a bit hesitant to see this movie because I really didn't like Mockingjay... or the entire Hunger Games series for that matter.  I felt it was overrated (eh, I still think this...) and at the end, it ran out of steam.  Not to mention, it was devoured by the love triangle, and there were so many unnecessary deaths.  (I have a more detailed rant on the Hunger Games here.)

But this movie BLEW me away.

I think this was the first time where I thought the YA movie was so much better than the YA book. The movie was able to bring back the heart of the story: standing up for what you believe in (to say it in a very broad manner...).  I felt the book (s) lost that message, but this movie totally and completely brought it back.

As for the actors... I'm not a huge fan of Jennifer Lawrence, but she was AMAZING as Katniss in this movie. She gave life to Katniss.   In the previous movies, I didn't think she was anything incredible, but she nailed Katniss in this one. Josh Hutcherson wasn't really on screen most of the time, but when he was, he was pretty awesome as well; I noticed Liam Hemsworth improved a LOT.  Apart from the main ones, the only other noteworthy actor I thought was Donald Sutherland, the evil President Snow. DANG. He KILLED it (pun totally intended).

Watching the movie, I realized how much the book(s) suffered because of Katniss' limited point of view.  I personally love and prefer first person POV.  I have nothing against third person point of view, but it's just a random personal preference.  (Anyways, digressing...) Because of her first POV,  we didn't really get details about the rebellions and the other movements.  There would be one sentence descriptions telling us that there had been a rebellion- but that's if we got lucky.  Most of the time, I was lost swirling through Katniss' scattered thoughts and the terrible love triangle. But in the movie, it included scenes from the actual rebellions and also a lot of the behind the scenes action that Katniss in the book couldn't have possibly seen.  It gave me chills to watch those scenes unfold and to see the passion of these people fighting for justice.

Lastly, there was NO focus on the love triangle.  If there was even the slightest bit of focus, it would mostly be about her relationship with Gale as a friend.  Actually, anything that had to do with relationships in the movie was nothing of the romantic sort (well... except for literally ONE scene).  I loved how the movie explored and emphasized her relationship with the people she was standing for.  This was what the books had lost- and this was what the movie brought back.

I totally recommend people to see the movie.  I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that the second part keeps the messages and heart of the first one. All in all, this one movie (well, 2 part-movie) was able to say what three books couldn't.

Thanks for reading!
 :)


Cover Reveal: Lucidity

Today Stephanie Thomas and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for LUCIDITY, book 2 in the Raven Chronicles Duology releasing in January, 2015! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win the first book and the novella!

On to the reveal! 



~Kya! I love the colors!!~

Title: LUCIDITY
Author: Stephanie Thomas
Pub. Date: January, 2015
Find it: Goodreads

Beatrice never thought she'd find herself in the middle of Aura, the city of her sworn enemy, the Dreamcatchers. Nor did she never think she'd abandon everything she'd ever known and everyone she'd ever loved to blindly follow Echo, the Dreamcatcher Prince. Gabe would never forgive her, if he lives, and nor will any of the Seers. Upon arriving, Beatrice is quickly thrown into the Dreamcatcher Queen's self-serving plot to save Aura from a disastrous plague, and Bea's anticipated return to the City is becoming less likely every day she is held captive and subjected to the epidemic. Her Visions are the key to the cure, but when her Seer friends show up in Aura as well, Beatrice must learn to balance her precarious friendship and loyalty to both her people and the promise she made to help Echo's people. As Beatrice navigates these new people and customs, she learns that there are more than just the Seers, Dreamcatchers and Citizens left in the world...and whomever is out there wants to eliminate all of their competition -- including her.

Exclusive Excerpt!

Echo was right. I hadn't seen anything yet. As the limousine cruises up to the gates of Aura, I can't do anything but stare out the window in complete awe. Aura is the complete opposite of The City. I immediately understand where it gets its name from, with its golden-hued buildings and sparkling, translucent glass windows. Everything glitters, even the sand as it whips around the tall walls that protect the city from the dry gusts of wind.
                I place my fingers on the limo's window and press my forehead to the glass to get a better look. I can feel Echo's eyes on me as I react probably as a child would at the first sight of something they've never seen before. There are no skyscrapers here, no crowded, jumbled row homes with sooty exteriors. The buildings are no more than two floors high, allowing for a precious view of the almost purple mountains that peek up in the distance.
                "Echo...this is beautiful..."
                "Thank you. This is the home of the Dreamcatcher. After The City banished us, we had to travel a long way to find a place where we'd be safe from attack. We chose this area because it's so dry, hot and humid, that we don't know who'd willingly want to come out here. Besides us, of course." Echo scoots over on the leather seat to sidle up closer to me. "It is beautiful though, isn't it? This is my first homecoming, to be honest. I've never been out of Aura for this long."
                The gates into the city proper click secure when they are fully-opened, and the limo pulls forward once more. As soon as we are moving again, I can see the crowds of people who line the main street, which leads directly to an impressive palace that stands center of Aura, just like our Institution does in the City. The people are all dressed in white, some with different colored trims on their robes. They reach out for the car, calling for Echo, wanting to see their prince.
                As we pull around a circle in front of the Palace, the courtyard is also filled with Dreamcatchers, cheering for Echo's arrival. He brushes a hand down his robe, smoothing the wrinkles from the soft fabric. "Are you ready?"
                Then, a sudden fear grips me. "Do they know I am with you?"
                Echo's gaze meets mine. "No."
                I want to slap him, and it takes everything in me not to lose my temper. "What?"
                "They don't know you are with me. I did not tell anyone I was bringing you home. It is a part of my strategy."
                I lock the limo's doors. We stare at each other for a long while, my chest rising and falling in anger. "How could you put me in this situation, Echo? I am The Keeper. I'm the leader of your enemy. You are putting me in great danger, and you know you are."
                Echo, in his ever-calm way, reaches out and helps pull the hood of my robe up over my head. "You will be fine, because you are my guest. And it is a law in Aura that we must treat our guests with utmost respect." He pauses. "Not that we get any guests...ever."
                Now, I do smack him. My hand makes contact with his arm, and I scowl. "You better not get me hurt."
                "Listen to them. They are too happy to see me. I doubt they'll even take notice of you. No offense." Echo unlocks the doors and slides across the seat to the other side, where he can exit first. "Driver, we are ready."
                The chauffeur exits the vehicle and appears again beside Echo's door. As soon as he opens it, the sound of cheering rushes into the car and Echo sucks in a deep breath. He steps out, and when I see his hand lower back into the limo, I reach for it and gently rest my palm against his, using the offered support to help me out of the car.
                As my feet touch the floor, my robes fall all around me like darkness covering the day, and I'm free of the limousine. Lifting my chin, my eyes move from the ground to the people, and I swallow as the cheering comes to an abrupt stop when they see my violet irises. Almost all at once, they take a step back, and no one makes a sound.
                I tighten my grip around Echo's hand, sure that in the next moment, they are going to rush us and kill me where I stand. Here I am, their sworn enemy, the representation of The Keeper before me who persecuted them, ran them out of The City and killed many of them, including their princess. I stand before them as if none of that had ever happened. I know, if I were in their place, I'd certainly want to see myself dead too.
                Muttering very quietly to Echo, I tug on his hand, "Let's go."



About Stephanie 


Stephanie Thomas has been writing ever since she could put letters together to form words. When she was a small child, she would present her mother and father with self-made newspapers filled up with make believe stories and pictures. Her love for writing followed her all throughout her schooling, where she entered and won writing contests of all sorts. Stephanie decided to become an English teacher and completed her B.A. at The Pennsylvania State University. While teaching, she later went on to get her Master’s in writing from The Johns Hopkins University. She completed her very first manuscript during her graduate studies, and by the end of the program, she had completed two more. Stephanie is quick to tell anyone that she’s a born and raised Philadelphian, and her heart will always belong there. She moved to Baltimore with her husband, and they’ve been living there for the last five years with their doggie, Sailor.




Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive the eBook of LUMINOSITY and the eNovella THE KEEPER. International
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Thank you so much to Rockstar Book Tours and the author for allowing me to participate in this reveal!:)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Feature and Follow #12


 Increase Blog Followers


Hi everyone! This weekly meme is hosted by the lovely Alison at Alison Can Read and the awesome Parajunkee! :)

This week's question:
Do you decide in advance what you read for the coming week or month? Why / why not?

Answer:
Nope! I just pick up whatever I can get my hands on. :) My mood when it comes to books changes quite often (one hour I'd be craving high fantasy and the next some fluffy chick-lit ;) ). 

How about you guys?
:)

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday Wk 30


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by the fabulous Jill over at Breaking the Spine!:)
What I'm waiting on this week:
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Plot blurb:
Newbery Honor author of Ella Enchanted Gail Carson Levine weaves a thrilling tale of mystery in this companion to A Tale of Two Castles.

Elodie, the dragon detective Meenore, and the kindly ogre Count Jonty Um are all on their way to Elodie’s home island of Lahnt. Elodie has barely set foot on land before she learns that the Replica, a statue that keeps her island’s deadly volcano from erupting, has been stolen! If the Replica isn't found in three days, a mountain will be destroyed. And when Elodie ends up alone with a cast of characters any of whom may be guilty, she has to use her wits to try to unravel a tangled web of lies.

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carson Levine has written an imaginative, fast-paced mystery that will be enjoyed by fans of A Tale of Two Castles, as well as those meeting Elodie, Meenore, and Count Jonty Um for the first time.


Yay!! :) Can't wait for this one to come out!:D

Released: April 21st, 2015 

So what are you waiting on this week?
:)

#31daysofreading


Hi guys!!:) 
So Pulseit is this AWESOME site from Simon & Schuster, and they put books online for free for a certain period of time. 

For the month of December, pulseit.com will have a different book every day (free!!) for 24 hours.  Plus, you can enter here to win all of the books

I'm so excited they are doing this again this year ( and hopefully for many years to come as well ;) ), and I can say from personal experience that this event is perfect for helping you increase your reading speed (LOL). ;)

There are so many books on that schedule that I've been wanting to read, and I can't wait to get to them! :) 

Hope you all have a fabulous week! :D

Warm wishes,
Kyendwarrior

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

*Selfie with Mr. Turkey ;)*

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am so thankful for my family (crazy, loud, and all mine! ;) ), friends, and, of course, everyone who reads this blog!! Through blogging, I've met so many splendid people and made lots of new wonderful friends, and I am so grateful that I've been able to get to know all of you!

Hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving full of yummy food and blessings!

God bless! :)

Warm wishes,
Kyendwarrior :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Update for November! ^-^

Hi everyone!
Hope you all are having a nice week! :)

I know I haven't been posting a lot this month, and I sincerely apologize for that.  I've been super busy lately with school stuffles and Nanowrimo, so I haven't been able to read as many books lately.  > . <   Unfortunately, this will probably last until the end of December; but after that, hopefully, I'll be more free! :)

I have a little bit more time this week (Thanksgiving break!), so I'll try to squeeze in a review or two.  I'm still aiming for that "ten reviews" a month thing, so  HWAITING~! :)

Oh! Also, my Books Reviewed/Misc page is under semi-construction as I'm trying to switch over to the tags system.  It's slow going, but if you see random posts disappear or the post formatting looks off, it's my fault. LOL Please bear with me until the dust settles. ;) Thank you!

Have a happy Thanksgiving!:)

Best wishes,
Kyendwarrior :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday Wk 29


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by the awesome Jill over at Breaking the Spine!:)
What I'm waiting on this week:

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Plot blurb:
Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook, and Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn't she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal. 

Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.


THAT COVER IS SO FREAKING GORGEOUS!!! GAH!! *-*

This book sounds AWESOME. ;)  I can't wait until it comes out!

Release date: 
May 19th, 2015 
(BOOOO. D: WHY SO FAR AWAY?!??)

So what are you waiting on this week? ;)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday Wk 28


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by the awesome Jill over at Breaking the Spine!:)
What I'm waiting on this week:



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Plot blurb:


Modern-day Toronto: A heavy leather-bound book written in an unrecognizable language is delivered to the Speckled Muse, the antique bookshop owned by Crystal and Becca Hatcher’s mother. When Becca opens it, she’s sent into a coma, leaving Crys behind to uncover a series of terrifying secrets. Ancient Mytica: A merciless goddess hunts for the elusive treasure that will make her ruler not only of Mytica, but of all the unseen worlds that lay beyond it. Modern-day Toronto: Rich and aimless Farrell Grayson finally has the chance to prove himself when the mysterious leader of a powerful secret society invites him into his fold. Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso has always been different, but never remarkable. Everything changes the day he meets a pretty, unfamiliar girl from a faraway land, only to realize that he’s the only one who can see her. Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart. 


THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD! Can't wait for it to come out. ;)

Released: June 23rd 2015
So what are you waiting on this week?

:)

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Girl in Between Tour: Review+Giveaway!



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Hi guys!! Hope everyone is having a fabulous week. ;) I'm super excited to be a part of The Girl In Between Tour! This was an awesome book that I really enjoyed, and I hope you guys get a chance to read it as well! There's more information about it below. :)

Summary (Goodreads):
Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.

But the appearance of this strange boy isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Bryn’s symptoms are worsening, her body weakening as she’s plagued by hallucinations even while awake. Her only hope of finding a cure is to undergo experimental treatment created by a German specialist. But when Dr. Banz reveals that he knows more about her strange symptoms than he originally let on, Bryn learns that the boy in her head might actually be the key to understanding what’s happening to her, and worse, that if she doesn’t find out his identity before it’s too late, they both may not survive.



The first book is now free on Amazon, and the second book (The Boy In Her Dreams) is already out (here)! (Yay!!!)




Review:


 I think the best way to describe this book is this: if there's a book that you want to use as an example to prove to your friend that YA is not overrun with Twilight and Hunger Games, this would be it.  No insta-love, no Mary Sue, no predictable plot, no cardboard love interest, no love interestsssssss, and no frustrating main character. A great story with a solid plot and fantastic characters.


Bryn (btw, I just noticed, but her name's sorta kinda sounds like Briar Rose :D ) just carried this book on her shoulders.  The thing that stood out to me the most was her relationship with Drew.  Not because it was great (IT WAS ANYTHING BUT) but because of the way she handled it.  She knew he was toxic for her, and no matter how many "I'm sorry, baby"(s) he said, she NEVER took him back.   This is something I feel that a lot of the media and books subtly push, that it's okay to stay in a toxic relationship, that it's "hot"- but it's not.  Drew abused her with his words and actions, and Bryn was having none of that. You see her struggle with herself- two year bonds are not easily broken- but you also get to see how she breaks free. And that was pretty awesome.

But getting past that (Drew irks me, so that's the last time I'll mention him. -_-), Bryn's character was pretty fantastic as well (if you couldn't tell already ;) ).  She was tough, but she was also realistic about her life; there are so many different sides and parts to her that it's kind of hard to lay it all out here (so I guess you'll have to read the book? ;) ). To say it in short, the best way to describe her is to say that you will remember her. 

Now to the love interest: Roman!  ;)  While I did think that his voice was a bit similar to Bryn at the beginning (in fact, I got a little lost because I had thought it was still Bryn), their voices started to diverge as the story goes on.  I wasn't not sure if this was intentional, or if my brain was over analyzing things, but I thought it was sort of symbolic how as he slowly began to regain his memories, the two points of views started to become more and more clear. (And by the time he discovered his name, it was super clear who was who.)  That was pretty neat.;) I had one iffie with him, and it was the fact that he read her diaries.  Even though I guess it was sort of by accident (sorta kinda not really maybe?), I thought that was weird.  But other than that,  he was such an intense (in a good way!) character to get to know. We got know him in bits and pieces, I got the sense that there was a lot more to him than this first book revealed, and that we'll really get into the meat of his character in the second book.

 I LOVED LOVED LOVED that there was no insta-love in this book!! Instead, we saw them slowly get to know each other and fall in love.   And the plot? Intriguing! Even though the book sort of focused more on the relationships of Bryn and her life, more than the actual plot-plot, you still see it lurking there in the background. It kept me on my toes, and nothing was as it seemed.  I actually started to skim the book towards the end because I wanted to know what was going to happen faster (only to have it end on me AT THAT MOMENT. T-T ). I

My only other iffie besides the two-points of view similarity (which wasn't really a big iffie at all, since it all worked out at the end ;) ) and the diary thing,  was the ending.  ARGH!! I TOTALLY KNEW THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN!!!!  I just wish it hadn't been that sudden. D:

Thanks for reading!! :)

Rating: 4 out of 5 

PS: You guys should all enter this awesome giveaway!! :D
  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you so much to the author for allowing me to take part in this blog tour!!:)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday Wk 27


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by the awesometastic Jill over at Breaking the Spine!:)
What I'm waiting on this week:
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I love this cover! It's so whimsical. ;)

Plot blurb:
A debut fairy tale reimagining featuring a strong female character and a daring quest just right for fans of Shannon Hale, Jessica Day George, and Gail Carson Levine.

Saville hates sewing. How can she not when her father, the Tailor, loves his bolts of velvet and silk far more than he’s ever loved her? Yet, when he is struck ill shortly after they arrive in the city of Reggen, Saville must don boy’s clothes in the hopes of gaining a commission from the king to keep them fed.

The kingdom is soon on edge when stories spread of an army of giants led by a man who cannot be killed. But giants are just stories, and no man is immortal.

And then the giants do come to the city gates, two larger-than-life scouts whom Saville cunningly tricks into leaving. The Tailor of Reggen is the hero of the kingdom, the king promises his sister’s hand in marriage, and by the time Saville reaches the palace doors, it is widely known that the Tailor single-handedly killed the giants.

When her secret—that she’s a girl—is quickly discovered by Lord Galen Verras, the king’s cousin, Saville’s swept into the twists and turns of court politics. The deathless man is very real, and he will use his giant army to ensure he is given the throne freely or by force.

Now, only a tailor girl with courage and cunning can see beyond the tales to discover the truth and save the kingdom again.

Valiant is a rich reimaging of “The Brave Little Tailor,” artfully crafting a story of understanding, identity, and fighting to protect those you love most.




This story sounds absolutely wonderful! :)
I can't wait until it comes out! :)
(June 9th, 2015)

So what are you waiting on this week? ;)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veterans Day!


Thank you so much to all the brave men and women for their service. 

Best wishes,
Kyendwarrior :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

55 Quirky Questions For Readers



Hi everyone!:) 
I stumbled across this really cool questionnaire for readers on Backlist Books. I really enjoyed reading her responses, and I totally recommend everyone go read her post (just click the link :D)!
Here goes!:D


1. Favourite childhood book: Junie B. Jones!!
2. What are you reading right now? 1984 by George Orwell (for book club), Legend by Marie Lu , and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (which I am absolutely in love with!).
3. What books do you have on request at the library? None as of late
:( 
4. Bad book habit: Flipping books over for loooong periods of time (and sorta kinda messing up the spine. Oops). 
Legend Marie Lu Book cover.jpg5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? Legend by Marie Lu
6. Do you have an e-reader? Sort of? I have an app on my tablet and phone for Nook and Kindle.  I think that counts? :D
7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? It depends on the books.  I usually don't mind reading several at once, but if it's high fantasy like The Seven Realms series combined with another high fantasy ( like The Ascendance Trilogy), then no; I found myself literally exhausted trying to keep track of everything LOL.
8. Favorite music to listen to while reading? I usually don't like to listen to music while reading. There are exceptions, though, and the most recent exception was with Amy and Roger's Epic Detour. 
9.Least favourite book you read this year: As far as I can remember, it would be The One by Kiera Cass. 
10. Favourite book I’ve read this year:
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. 
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11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? About 20%? LOL.  I often read out of my comfort zone, but only within YA (which is still within my comfort zone technically??), so yea. xD
12. What is your reading comfort zone? YA fiction and the occasional classic novel or play. 
13. Can you read on the bus? Yes!! All the time. 
14. Favourite place to read: In front of my computer LOL.  There are times when a book will use an unfamiliar word or reference, so I like being in an easy place to Google it. ;)
15. What’s your policy on book lending? I love lending out books, especially if they are ones I enjoyed! Out in the "real world," not a lot of people around me like to read, so whenever I find someone who wants to, I take that opportunity to make a new fangirl. ;)
16. Do you dogear your books? Not as much as I used to.  Nowadays I either write the last page number on my hand or flip the book over on a table. (Refer above to "Bad book habit") 
17. Do you write notes in the margins of your books? Only for books for school and the Bible. :)
18. Do you break/crack the spine of your books? Sort of? I do crack books unintentionally when I open never-read books- and yes, I do like the sound of it. xD
19. What is your favourite language to read? English!
20. What makes you love a book? Ooo. This is a hard one.  I would say it's when a book makes a connection with me, but what type of connection depends on the book.  
21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? If someone wants to read, but don't know where to start.  (I can't be the only one who makes lists of books in her head she'd recommend to that person if they ever asked. ;) )
22. Favourite genre: YA!! I love all genres within YA except horror.
23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did): Classical novels
24. Favourite Biography:  I really love those Who was...? biographies.  ;)
25. Have you ever read a self-help book? Joel Osteen's Your Best Life Now.  (I think this is a self-help book?) 
26. Favourite Cookbook: I think this gif just about sums up my cooking skills.
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27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction):  It's a God thing: When Miracles Happen to Everyday People 
28. Favourite reading snack: Cheez-its! 
29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience:   Well, I guess it would be the Hunger Games? I thought the books were okay, nothing amazing, but it was hard to say so back then, when hordes of middle school fangirls threatened to bury me alive every time I said something against it. LOL 
30. How often do you agree with the critics about a book? It depends on who the critics are. I've never really read "official" reviews on books, but mostly reviews by other bloggers.  Sometimes I agree, sometimes I don't.  
31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?  This awesome answer given by Backlist Books sums up my own feelings as well:If it’s my honest opinion, I’m okay with it, though I have absolutely no intention of being malicious. Honesty is just very important to meI hope that I’ve never discouraged anyone from reading a book. "  
32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?Japanese! My friend has pulled me into the world of manga as of late (only because there is a lull in Kdramaland ;) ), and so I thought it'd be cool to be able to read in Japanese. 

(Ahh this manga is so cute!) 
33. Most intimidating book I’ve read: Hmm... Does my AP physics textbook count? xD
34. Most intimidating book I’m too nervous to begin:  Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. 
35. Favourite Poet: ee cummings 
36. How many books do you usually have checked out from the library at any given time? Well, using my own card I check out 15, which is the max.  And then if my brother or my mom is with me, around 25. xD
37. How often do you return books to the library unread? About 5-7 are unread.
38. Favourite fictional character:  Probably Junie B Jones and Amber Brown (I saw that they found a new author to continue this series!!) :)
39. Favourite fictional villain:  Torn between Luke (Percy Jackson series) and the Darkling (Grisha series).  
40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation: Any series where I have most of the books.
41. The longest I’ve gone without reading: Probably this year due to AP classes and college apps. ;)
42. Name a book you could/would not finish:  I think it was the Prince of Wolves? It's been a while since I've not finished a book, and I think this one I didn't finish because of the bad grammar. 
43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading? If I have two books I really want to read, and I have them with me at the same time, I can't concentrate on the book I'm reading, and I keep going back and forth between the two.  So I guess other books distract me? LOL
44. Favourite film adaptation of a novel: To Kill a Mockingbird !!
45. Most disappointing film adaptation: The Book Thief. (Percy Jackson is the movie-that-does-not-exist...) It was ok... I thought it didn't really capture the essence of the book- and I also thought Death should have been voiced by Jude Law. xD
46. Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time: AHAHAHA.  I'm taking that amount to the grave. ;)
47. How often do you skim a book before reading it? 100% of the time!
48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through? I always try to finish books even if I hate it because I've found that even if the middle of the book is terrible, sometimes, the ending makes up for it a little (even if I'm grasping at straws, I'm a huge sucker for great endings).    That being said, I think the only time I would ever put down a book is if the book contained explicit scenes (which is one of the reasons I like to stay in YA- the lack of explicit scenes).
49. Do you like to keep your books organized? Nope.  I have stacks of random books on my desk upstairs, at the foot of bed, some actually on my bookshelves, on my work desk, bathroom, and kitchen.  Yes, I drive my mom nuts because every time I put them away, they magically appear again.  xD
50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once they’ve been read? Always keep!  
51. Are there any books that you’ve been avoiding?
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52. Name a book that made you angry: My textbook for English! I think I'll probably devote an entire blog post to that in the future. LOL 
53. Favorite poem: I would have to say maggie and milly and molly and may by ee cummings, but The Isle of Innisfree by William Yeats is also a close second.  
54. A book I expected to like but didn’t:  The Adoration of Jenna Fox
55. Favourite guilt-free guilty pleasure reading:  Any books by Janette Rallison! 

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I had so much fun answering these questions, and I totally encourage everyone to try it themselves! ;)  If you get a chance to, comment below! I would love to stop by and check it out. :) Feel free to alter the questions or answer only the ones that you fancy. :) 

Hope you all have a fabulous week!

Best wishes,
Kyendwarrior