book review: the star-touched queen

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Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads Blurb:

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

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Book Haul! (5)

Book Haul

I feel like I had a pretty decent haul this month and I even won an e-book (!!) in a Twitter giveaway. I also received quite a few e-ARCs and ended up borrowing some library books.

Won…

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I only recently started following the author on twitter/wordpress but ever since, I’ve been really psyched to read her books because she just seems really awesome. Under The Lights also appears to be an original book in one of my favorite genres (YA CONTEMPORARY!).

ARCs…

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Thank you to Full Fathom Five, Peachtree Publishers, Alloy Entertainment, and Amulet Books for the review copies of Dead Ringer, Believarexic, The Space Between Heartbeats, and Worlds of Ink and Shadow. I am most excited to read Dead Ringer because it’s a thriller and I haven’t read a book in that genre in a while. (There are also no negative ratings/reviews on Goodreads right now.. but hopefully I won’t be the first!).

Borrowed…

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It’s been a while since I borrowed books (and had to endure the added weight to my heavy backpack) but I really wanted to read these books so I decided it was worth it! Both of these books are incredible. SO INCREDIBLE. (And Through the Woods is especially beautiful) The only reason I didn’t write a review is because I don’t have time to.

Book Haul! (3)

Book Haul

Hello!

I’ve been trying to limit my book-buying lately so my haul actually only consists of four books. 

ARCs

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I’m really excited to read both of these books so thank-you to Random House Children’s for sending me review copies. I’ve heard or read great things about all these books so I can’t wait to sink my teeth into them. But of-course I will wait because the ARCs aren’t publishing for a month or two (whew!) and I have other books I really want to read.

Books I Bought

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Ink and Ashes doesn’t have a lot of reviews or ratings on Goodreads but the avg rating isn’t that bad so I decided to give it a chance. I just started it a few days ago and it hasn’t done a great job of holding my attention. However, the premise did seem interesting to me so I’m going to keep reading and hopefully it’ll get better. Every Last Word seems pretty popular and since I love contemporary, I ended up buying it too.

What books have you bought/received recently? Which are you most excited to read?

Let’s Discuss: What To Read Next?!

Let's Discuss - What To Read Next

Like most bookworms, I’ve got a problem: there are too many books and not enough time to read them!

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So how do I decide what books are worthy of my oh so precious time? Well I have a couple of ways actually..but since I’m a mood reader, it basically depends on what I feel like reading at the moment.

Factors that influence what I read next: 

  • Goodreads. I love this site so much because I’ve “discovered” so many amazing books on it. I’m not even sure I can pick one aspect of it that I love the most. Their newsletter is amazing and I love the concept of “making” friends because I often end up checking out books that my friends have given good ratings for.
  • Cover and Blurb. Technically this applies to books on goodreads as well but I, in general, I judge books mainly on these two things. Since I mostly buy ebooks, I don’t care that much about whether the book is eye-candy but a great book cover does get my attention. However, if the blurb doesn’t pique my interest, I’m not going to add it to my tbr.
  • Twitter. I follow quite a lot of book bloggers and authors so I can’t help getting curious when I see a lot of tweets about how great a book is. Naturally I just have to go read it and see for myself what all the hype is about!
  • Book blogs. Similar to Twitter, if I’m reading a lot of good reviews about a book, I’m more likely to buy the book.
  • Favorite authors. These get the priority when it comes to buying books because I’ve read their writing before and I know I like it.

So how do you decide what to read next?