Book Review: Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton



Traitor To The Throne
Rebel Of The Sands #2
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Released: March 7 2017
Review Source: Viking Books for Young Readers

The sizzling, un-put-downable sequel to the bestselling Rebel of the Sands!

Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al'Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she's fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan's palace—she's determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan's secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she's a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she's been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.


Amani has been with the rebels for a little bit now. While she's still getting use to being a part of this war that had only been a story she then gets trapped in the Sultan's territory. While becoming something of his pet she has to figure out a way to get back to the rebels without causing alarm and giving away the fact that she is working with the rebel prince.

Alwyn has done it again. I am absolutely in love with this book, and this book is a fantastic continuation of the series. It's more mature than Rebel was, yet it still holds the same tone that Rebel did. While Rebel was about Amani becoming a part of the rebels and finding them Traitor is more about the war, and what happens once you become a rebel.

JIN...as always..I am swooning for the love interest. And Jin is one of my favorite characters and this book proves that. While he's barely in it seeing as Amani has been captured and isn't with the rebels, he's still a presence to behold. And the fact that you can FEEL Jin's presence says something about Hamilton's writing and the fact that while a character isn't there she is still able to bring his character to the forefront. And that's not just with Jin. This is basically how it is with all of the Rebels within this book. The ones that you have grown to love because of Rebel, you now have to figure out what characters to love in Traitor because we are thrown amongst a group of new people. Yet we're able to sense their presence.

If you haven't started this series please do. This is a couple of books that you don't want to miss!


Black Eyed Peas' Will.I.Am Brings Us A Graphic Novel This July!





Many of us know Will.I.Am for his music and being a member of the Black Eyed Peas. So when I say, now you can add graphic novel author, you probably can't believe it. Well believe it, because his all-new graphic novel comes out this July. Check it out below.


The Black Eyed Peas Debut All-New Original Graphic Novel,
MASTERS OF THE SUN – THE ZOMBIE CHRONICLES
                                                                                                              
New York, NY—March 17, 2017— From the mind of seven-time Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist will.i.am, from the Black Eyed Peas, comes an all-new graphic novel created with artist Damion Scott (All-New Ghost Rider, Marvel’s Hip-Hop Variants), Marvel Comics presents MASTERS OF THE SUN – THE ZOMBIE CHRONICLES

Mixing LA Gang culture, B-Boy-ism, and Egyptology, MASTERS OF THE SUN – THE ZOMBIE CHRONICLES fuses together the genres of music and comics and tells the complete tale of a retro futuristic zombie thriller, mixed with action, suspense, and horror unlike anything seen before.

“Few artists have done more to embed Hip-Hop in popular culture than will.i.am and the Black Eyed Peas,” said Marvel Editor in Chief, Axel Alonso.  “So we are thrilled to present this deeply personal story that speaks directly to Hip-Hop aficionados, comic book fans and the intersection of those communities.”

Los Angeles is under attack from an ancient alien God sent to earth to turn its inhabitants into zombies. With a deep love of the Hip-Hop culture, Zulu-X and his crew go head-to-head with a nefarious ancient order to settle a score thousands of years old. What happens next can only be described as the perfect blend of ancient wisdom and street-smarts all rolled into one epic adventure.

“The Black Eyed Peas and I have begun a new journey,” said will.i.am. “We’ve been working on this original story for years and partnering with Marvel to bring this book to life is more than a dream come true.”

Boasting one of the most eclectic ensemble cast of characters, MASTERS OF THE SUN – THE ZOMBIE CHRONICLES delivers a powerful social allegory in the form of a new movement this July from will.i.amDamion Scott, and Marvel Comics.

BLACK EYED PEAS: MASTERS OF THE SUN – THE ZOMBIE CHRONICLES TPB
WRITTEN BY will.i.am & BENJAMIN JACKENDOFF
PENCILED BY DAMION SCOTT
COVER BY will.i.am
120 PGS./Parental Advisory
ISBN: 978-1-302-91084-6
On sale this July! 

To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook.

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. 
For more information visit marvel.com
© 2017 MARVEL

Giveaway: A Signed copy of #TheZookeepersWife + Tote Bag #BeBoldForChange



The Zookeeper's Wife
Director: Niki Caro
Writers: Angela Workman, Diane Ackerman (based on the book by)
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl
Official Socials: SiteFacebook | Twitter | InstagramIMDb
Hashtag: #TheZookeepersWife  
The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.


Hey book lovers! We have a great surprised for you all... Thanks to Focus Features, we are giving away a signed copy of The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman or Jessica Chastain or maybe both along with a tote bag for two readers of this blog. So enter below and get prepare to read the book before the movie comes out... Or you can always read the book after and compare it to the movie ;)

Enter below on the rafflecopter below, this giveaway ends, March 31st and open to US citizens only.  


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Audiobook Review: Royally Screwed by Emma Chase



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Royally Screwed
Royally #1
Author: Emma Chase
Narrator: Andi Arndt, Shane East
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Romance
Release Date: October 18th 2016 
Review Source: Library | Simon & Schuster Audio

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn't bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn't what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There's a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they've traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven't chopped anyone's head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever. 

Firstly let’s start with what initially drew me in, the cover. Like, hello, what are you about? Does it even matter? I need you on my shelf. Then I see that it’s Emma Chase and she has been on my tbr list for forever now, so score, finally, and then lastly my library has it available on audiobook so I can dive right in during my overnights at work. And then right when I thought I couldn’t be anymore excited to start this book I start the audiobook and the narrator has an accent, kill.me.now. Then I got super bummed that the book wasn’t longer and I haven’t even made it through the first chapter yet. 

Royally Screwed follows sexy Prince Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, who apparently has an incredibly long name, but also an incredible face and accent with a side of arrogance and charm. He’s next in line to become king and with the downfall of his country he has been told he needs to make some major changes but after meeting a dark haired beauty while in New York, Nicholas isn’t sure what to do. 

Then we have sassy hardworking Olivia Hammond who has lost her mother and is trying to keep her family and family business afloat working her butt off and then one day without a clue who he is the Nicholas happens upon her bakery and her life is forever altered. Like, hello where is Prince Harry, and why is he not walking into my job?

So I’m going to be completely honest, since I have read/listened to Royally Screwed I have gone and read all but maybe two of Emma Chase’s books. I am obsessed. Her characters are witty, she can write a male POV (which I tend to cringe on a lot), and stories that just suck you in. I can’t wait to continue this series, and with anything Emma Chase comes out with in the future. 


Book Cover Released: Wish You Were Here by Renée Carlino


WISH YOU WERE HERE
Author: Renée Carlino
On-Sale: 8/15/17
Read an excerpt HERE
About the book
You know when you’re looking at someone and you can’t help but smile at how oblivious they are to their own charm? That’s what was happening to me, and it was making me feel…happy. Euphoric. Something indescribable. It was like we already knew each other, like we had met in a previous life. Memories that didn’t exist began exploding in my mind like fireworks.

Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, searching for a spark to jump-start her life and give her a sense of purpose. She’s had as many jobs as she’s had bad relationships, and now she’s feeling especially lost in her less-than-glamorous gig at a pie-and-fry joint in Los Angeles, where the uniforms are bad and the tips are even worse.

Then she collides—literally—with Adam, an intriguing, handsome, and mysterious painter. Their serendipitous meeting on the street turns into a whirlwind one-night stand that has Charlotte feeling enchanted by Adam’s spontaneity and joy for life. There’s promise in both his words and actions, but in the harsh light of morning, Adam’s tune changes, leaving Charlotte to wonder if her notorious bad luck with men is really just her own bad judgment.

Months later, a new relationship with Seth, a charming baseball player, is turning into something more meaningful, but Charlotte’s still having trouble moving past her one enthralling night with Adam. Why? When she searches for answers, she finds the situation with Adam is far more complicated than she ever imagined. Faced with the decision to write a new story with Seth or finish the one started with Adam, Charlotte embarks on a life-altering journey, one that takes her across the world and back again, bringing a lifetime’s worth of pain, joy, and wisdom.


About the author
Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and the bestselling author of Sweet Thing, Nowhere But Here, After the Rain, Before We Were Strangers, and Swear on This Life. Her next novel, Wish You Were Here, comes out on Aug. 15 and can be preordered now.

Pre-order:
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#Denver Grab Passes to #GhostInTheShell @ UA Colorado Center Stadium 3/29



Ghost in the Shell 
Director: Rupert Sanders
Writers: Jamie Moss (screenplay), Masamune Shirow (based on the manga by)
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche
Official Socials: SiteFacebook | Twitter | InstagramIMDb
Hashtag: #GhostInTheShell
In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, “The Ghost in the Shell.”


Do you want to see GHOST IN THE SHELL before it hits theaters? Well click on the poster below  for your chance to download an admit-two screening pass for an advance screening on Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00PM in Denver! Seats in the theater are first-come, first-serve so PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY! GHOST IN THE SHELL opens everywhere on March 31st.


These tickets are on a first-come, first-served not guaranteed basis. Arrive early to secure your seats.

#SaltLakeCity Grab Passes to #GhostInTheShell @ Megaplex Theatres SLC 3/29



Ghost in the Shell 
Director: Rupert Sanders
Writers: Jamie Moss (screenplay), Masamune Shirow (based on the manga by)
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche
Official Socials: SiteFacebook | Twitter | InstagramIMDb
Hashtag: #GhostInTheShell
In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, “The Ghost in the Shell.”


Do you want to see GHOST IN THE SHELL before it hits theaters? Well click on the poster below for your chance to download an admit-two screening pass for an advance screening on Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00PM in Salt Lake City! Seats in the theater are first-come, first-serve so PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY! GHOST IN THE SHELL opens everywhere on March 31st.


These tickets are on a first-come, first-served not guaranteed basis. Arrive early to secure your seats.

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