Monday, July 2, 2018

Tour + Review and Giveaway: Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

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Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: July 3rd 2018
Entangled Teen

In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.

Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that.

With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan—but try convincing their hearts of that.  

Purchase links can be found HERE!

About the Author

Lindsey Duga developed a deep love for courageous heroes, dastardly villains, and enchanting worlds from the cartoon shows, books, and graphic novels she read as a kid. Drawing inspiration from these fantastical works of fiction, she wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University. By day, Lindsey is an account manager at a digital marketing agency based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. By night, and the wee hours of the morning, she writes both middle grade and young adult. She has a weakness for magic, anything classical, all kinds of mythology, and falls in love with tragic heroes. Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show, practicing yoga, and listening (and belting) to her favorite music artists and show tunes. KISS OF THE ROYAL is her YA debut novel. 


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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Mid-Year Freak-Out Tag (2018)

I saw this first over at Spines & Covers. So for this tag, it's kind of a recap tag of what you have read and other book-related things of 2017 that apply to you with only half a year left for you to read. This one seemed very fun to do, so here I am. And I know, I'm a little late posting this since it's already the second week of July, but I still wanted to.

Best Book You've Read So Far in 2018
This is a hard question because there are a few books that I really loved reading this year, but since I have to pick one, I would say Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I absolutely love Amie Kaufman's books, and this was no different.

Best Sequel You've Read So Far in 2018
Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller was an amazing sequel, and one that I possibly loved even more than the original. I am sad that this duology is over.

New Release You Haven't Read Yet but Want To
Furyborn by Claire Legrand is a new release that I want to read and even bought, but haven't yet picked up. I hope to pick it before this year ends.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year
I would have to say one of my most anticipated release that is upcoming would be Scream All Night by Derek Milman.

Biggest Disappointment
Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter. I was looking forward to this book so much, and I didn't enjoy it as much as I was hoping that I would.

Biggest Surprise
My biggest surprise was Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. When I first heard about this book, and read the synopsis, I had no desire to read this book. And I don't even know why I ended up picking it up, but I am glad that I did because I loved this book.

Favorite New Author
I actually don't have a new favorite author. I did like a few like Mindy McGinnis, but because I don't like as much as I like of her books, I wouldn't consider her a favorite author. Maybe I will find a favorite author in the second half of the year.
Favorite New Crush
The guys from the Illuminae Files. The same guys that are also listed in the following question. Out of the three of them, Ezra is definitely my top new crush.
Favorite New Characters
This is an easy question for me. All of the Illuminae Files characters: Kady, Ezra, Nik, Hanna, Rhys, Asha, and Nik's cousin (whose name I can't remember right now sadly). I loved all of them. They were all amazing!
Book that Made You Cry
I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter and Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. I was expecting I Stop Somewhere to be sad, but I was surprised by the sad parts in Madness So Discreet.


Book that Made You Happy
Diviners. I love this book, and the fact that it is set in the 20s.

Most Beautiful Book You've Bought So Far this Year
So instead of a single book, I am going to show a series that I just recently bought which have beautiful covers that I am completely obsessed with.

What Books Do You Need to Read Before the End of this Year
So many... too many... No books in particular though.
That was it! Doing this tag was too much fun, and I’m not tagging anyone because I want anyone who wants to try it to give it a go! Thank you!

June Wrap-Up and July TBR

In the month of June, I read a total of 2 books.

So compared to last month, I slowed down considerably, which was expected. I also listened to a lot of adult audiobooks this month, which is flipped from my normal reading habits - I usually get to more YA books compared to Adult books.

The two books that I finished this month were the final two audiobooks in the Burn for Burn trilogy, Fire with Fire and Ashes to Ashes. I overall really enjoyed this series, but I was not as impressed with how the series concluded. I have reviewed Fire with Fire, but I have not reviewed Ashes to Ashes.


In the month of July, there are a few books that I would love to get done, but my Adult TBR is really long and at this moment, I am feeling my Adult books more than I am my YA books, so July might look very similar to June. 

There are four ebooks that I have started and would like to finish this month if I get to them, and they are Beneath the Sugar Sky, MARY: Unleashed, I Am Still Alive, and Daughter of the Burning City.